Community activists Sharon Black, Steven Ceci arrested Dec. 9
Demand the charges be dropped immediately! Stop attacks on all political activists!
Published Dec 10, 2009 6:14 AM
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On the morning of Dec. 9, long-time Baltimore Community
activists Sharon Black-Ceci and Steven Ceci were dragged from their home by
Baltimore police. The two, long-time leaders in the anti-racist, and poor
people’s rights struggle, had been under police surveillance for their
political activism. They have each been falsely charged with possession of
marijuana with intent to distribute, a felony, and possession of marijuana, a
On Nov. 14, while both Sharon Black-Ceci and Steven Ceci were
attending a workers’ rights conference in New York City, Baltimore police broke
down the door of their Baltimore home purportedly based on mysterious and false
reports of heroin being sold from their residence. A roommate, Patrick Allen --
who was present at the time of the police break-in — was arrested and the home
was senselessly damaged.
Sharon Black-Ceci and Steven Ceci believe that this is
not just an attack on them, but an attack on all activists and organizations
that are fighting for a society based on social and economic justice and peace.
A year ago, the Baltimore ACLU revealed that the Baltimore All-Peoples
Congress, the organization that Black-Ceci has led for more than a quarter of a
century, was named as one of four political groups in Baltimore that the
Maryland State Police had been spying on.
Sharon Black-Ceci and Steven Ceci
were planning to hold a public event Dec. 9, the evening they were
arrested, as a political response to the police attack on their home in
mid-November. That event was carried out as a press conference and emergency
rally to free the activists.
Sign the petition to demand: Release immediately
and drop all charges against Patrick Allen, Sharon Black and Steven Ceci!
Stop police attacks on all political activists!
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