Video interview with Cynthia Papermaster by Daniel Arauz 8-05-13
Posted here on Day 60 of Cynthia Papermaster’s fast in solidarity
This is a two-minute video of me speaking about my hunger strike. It was filmed at the Berkeley Post Office Occupation last night. Berkeley’s Main Post Office is being sold to a private developer, with the deal brokered by Richard Blum, Diane Feinstein’s real estate magnate husband. The community, including Mayor Bates and a unanimous City Council, is solidly against the sale, is occupying the Post Office steps to prevent the sale, and held a rally last week to oppose it, where I was invited to speak about Bradley Manning and the Guantanamo hunger strike. Both Bradley and the Guantanamo detainees receive communication from the public solely via the U.S. Postal Service. At the rally the crowd wrote postcards to Bradley and Djamel Ameziane, who was cleared for release from Guanantamo in 2008 and is on hunger strike today, and to President Obama asking him to free the 86 cleared Guantanamo detainees, and then ceremoniously marched into the post office to mail the postcards. Thanks to Nancy Mancias, Susan Harman, Sharon Maldonado, Hali Hammer and David “Redd” Welsh for the idea and opportunity to connect the dots between the privitization of our commons, the decimation of public services and spaces, and the indefinite detention and torture in US prisons.