URGENT SOLIDARITY NEEDED – FELLOW WORKERS LEMAR & SABRINA, IWW INCARCERATED WORKERS’ ORGANIZERS, ARRESTED IN ALLENTOWN, Pa

Please show some solidarity and donate to their legal fund <https://fundly.com/free-sabrina-and-lemar>, attend their court date, or participate in the phone Zap supporting them – updated details on the situation provided by Lehigh Valley IWWs bellow

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“Hybachi Lemar, who has recently done a lot of work in Chicago but has roots in the LV, was arrested while back in Allentown. He did work with IWOC (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW) toward organizing prisoners and fought the evictions of working class people in Chicago and elsewhere.

Hybachi was arrested and charged with weapons possession — as an ex-felon he is facing steep charges. He and his partner Sabrina (who was arrested with him) are undoubtedly victims of systemic oppression. There are many private details of Lemar’s initial felony charge in the 90’s and the most recent charges against both him and Sabrina that illustrate the inequality within our system. Lemar is being subjected to “Strip Cell” segregation conditions which amount to torture, and he was frequently subjected to segregation when attempting to organize prisoners when previously incarcerated.

What can we do now to help Sabrina and Lemar? We’re working on getting people to turn out for support for his hearing on Tuesday, 7/21 at 2PM. There’s also a Fundly fundraising campaign and call for a phone zap to the warden of Lehigh County Prison.

1) The Hearing:
The hearing will be held at Lehigh County Courthouse (455 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA) on Tuesday, 7/21 at 2PM in the courtroom of Judge Michael Faulkner. You do have to go through a metal detector to get into the building and the line can get long, so it’s recommended to arrive by 1:30PM and to not bring a lot of things into the courthouse. It’s apparently being held in courtroom 1C, but it would be a good idea to meet in the foyer just beyond the metal detector (in front of the elevator) and enter as a group. It would also be pretty great to wear wobbly attire and/or the color black in solidarity.

2) The Fundly Account:
We’re trying to raise a retainer so that Lemar and Sabrina have access to competent legal counsel — please donate if possible or share widely – https://fundly.com/free-sabrina-and-lemar/

3) Phone Zap:
Call Lehigh County Jail Warden Janine Donate in Allentown, PA, at (610)782-3175. Tell her or whomever you speak to that Bondi DeBooth (Lemar’s “legal” name), prisoner #54971, is a respected community activist, is not suicidal, should be immediately be removed from “suicide watch” and placed in the jail’s general population.”

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