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issues when being arrested or in jail:
gathering information from various web sources for preparing
for arrests at protests and other events. Most of the information
is from jail solidarity resources.
ready to use Solidarity tactics to protect people who are
likely to be separated in jail and prosecuted more harshly
in court. Non-U.S. citizens, people of color, people who are
seen as leaders, people who go limp or use more militant tactics,
transgender or queer people, people with visible and non-visible
disabilities, people who dress punk or who wear all black,
people on probation or parole, and people with prior arrests
or convictions are examples of vulnerable people.
Remember that people participate in different ways- they may
have responsibilities outside of jail or may have special
needs. Some people may have children, may be at risk of losing
their jobs or of being deported or detained indefinitely under
immigration laws, or may be in a high-risk group, such as
transgender or disabled persons. This does not make them less
radical. Solidarity is also practiced by speaking to the media,
relaying messages from people in jail, fundraising, etc. (See
Solidarity when others are arrested). Understanding, respect,
and support of each individuals situation is also a terrific
form of solidarity...
there is no formula to tell which solidarity tactics will
achieve which demands in a jail or court situation. However,
planning to act in solidarity has been proven to be the best
way to try to take care of each other. You can begin with
a discussion (secure from government surveillance, of course)
of who will be involved in the action and whether if they
are particularly vulnerable to any of the risks addressed
above (such as potential immigration problems, dangers specific
to transsexuals, and so forth).
Know Your Rights: Being Transgendered in Jail Produced by The National Lawyers Guild, New York City Chapter Mass Defense Committee, www.nlgnyc.org, and The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, www.srlp.org
Legal Guide for Transgendered, Transsexual, Intersexed and
Genderqueer Activists (written for a Canadian/Ontario audience,
but helpful for anyone) at http://www.bostoncoop.net/balm/training/legal_gd_trans.pdf
to Disclosing Your Status when Arrested
When a person is arrested, if s/he informs the authorities
that s/he has an infectious disease such as tuberculosis or
an active HIV-related infection, s/he is separated and will
not be placed in a cell with other arrested people. If the
defendant is physically handicapped, s/he will not be placed
in a a cell with other arrested people...
Solidarity Demands: Here are some goals for which solidarity
has been used, but they are not the
only ones that can be considered.
treatment for everyone in jail and in court: No one should
be singled out and subjected to harsher treatment, including
repeat offenders, non-U.S. citizens, known organizers, people
of color, lebian/gay/bi/trans folks, those more difficult
to arrest and remove, and non-cooperators, regardless of whether
we receive state or federal charges...
and Dignity Inside
TLC [Transgender Law Center] is protecting transgender inmates
by working with the National Lawyer's Guild, the San Francisco
Human Rights Commission, and the San Francisco SheriffÕs
Department to improve conditions for transgender inmates in
San Francisco County Jails.
participated in the creation of a report on model policies
for transgender inmates published by the National Lawyers
Guild and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission in 2002.
These policies identify common sense steps that County Jail
decision makers can take to provide a safe and dignifying
environment for transgender inmates.
the fall of 2002, TLC and the SF Human Rights Commission have
been visiting a SF County Jail with a sizable transgender
population in order to monitor conditions among and involve
inmates in this on-going work.
this link may not work: www.ocap.ca/archive/legalguide/translegal.htm