[Marxism] Suspicious Robbery at Brecht Forum

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Mar 21 17:26:34 MST 2006


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>FORGIVE DUPLICATES
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>Please circulate widely
> From the Board of the Brecht Forum
>March 20, 2006
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>Community Alert
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>Brecht Forum’s Database Computers Stolen in Suspicious Robbery
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>We need to challenge the Patriot Act and the atmosphere of repression that 
>is growing against activists!
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>Ø       Come to an Emergency Community Meeting at the Brecht Forum
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>Tuesday, March 28 – 7:30p – 451 West St, [Between Bethune & Bank]
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>Ø       Join us to share information about what is happening.
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>Ø       Let us know if similar incidents have happened to your organization.
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>                         Call us at 212-242-4201 or email us at 
> <mailto:mail at brechtforum.org>mail at brechtforum.org
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>Two principal computers at the Brecht Forum were removed on the night of 
>Thursday, March 16, in what appears to be a politically targeted theft. 
>The Brecht Forum is a 30- year old education and cultural center that 
>offers seminars and classes in political organizing and progressive 
>analysis, and serves as a meeting space for scores of local activists, 
>organizers, students and the public.
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>According to Brecht Forum Executive Director Liz Mestres, there are strong 
>indications that this was a political theft.
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>§       The two computers stolen held important information on the 
>organization and its constituency.
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>§       There were several other computers of the same kind in easy reach 
>that were not touched.
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>§       All the computers were old and not worth much for resale.
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>§       Audio and media equipment were in plain sight in the next room.
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>§       There were no signs of forced entry, so it is likely that whoever 
>took these machines not only had access but knew exactly what they were after.
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>The Brecht Forum recently relocated from a loft in mid-town to a larger 
>space in the Westbeth complex on the far west side of Manhattan. A similar 
>theft of a single computer holding the database occurred about 6 years ago 
>at the old location.
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>Throughout its existence, the Brecht Forum has been an open meeting space 
>for analysis and discussion within the left and progressive community, and 
>we have never shied away from controversial issues. For example, in the 
>last month alone, we sponsored panels on developments in Venezuela and the 
>elections in Palestine, as well as classes in Marxist theory and an 
>exhibit of Artists Against the Death Penalty.
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>In the current political climate, when peace groups and dissenters are 
>labeled as terrorist and covertly spied on, the Board of the Brecht Forum 
>believes this has all the earmarks of an act of intimidation. Moreover, 
>because we are a center where people across the left come together, the 
>impact is aimed not just at the Brecht Forum, but against all groups 
>engaged in social change organizing across issues, from supporting 
>immigration rights, improving education, and promoting health care and 
>affordable housing, to opposing the Iraq War and imperial foreign policy.
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>Because we believe this is not an isolated incident, we would like to hear 
>from other groups and individuals that have had similar suspicious 
>occurrences or overt acts of intimidation.
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>§       We know we are not the only group being targeted or harassed for 
>our political activities.
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>§       We need to act together, firmly and fast, to show we won’t be 
>frightened by such strong-arm tactics.
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>Founded in 1975, The Brecht Forum is an educational and cultural center 
>dedicated to advancing social justice and equality. Each year, more than 
>6,000 people attend over 200 public events that are a mix of political 
>panels, classes, lectures, book signings, music and performances. 
><http://www.bechtforum.org/>www.brechtforum.org
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