Statement from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network:


April 11, 2013 | Revolution Newspaper |


We received the following statement from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network:

Noche Diaz is a young revolutionary and a member of the People's Neighborhood Patrol of Harlem. He courageously works to safeguard constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens in neighborhoods where these rights are often abused. Today he faces charges in Manhattan and the Bronx for witnessing police brutalizing citizens. Noche refused to leave these community members to face this brutality alone. For that he faces charges that could send him to prison for several years in his Manhattan trial. Noche is a freedom fighter who has put himself on the line to defend basic human rights in many poorer communities of color throughout New York City. He now needs our help. Please stand up for him, for our communities and yourself; Join us in saying: Stop the legal persecution of Noche and drop all the charges against him.

Initial signatories:
Reverend Luis Barrios, professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice*, NYC
Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party
James Vrettos, professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice*, NYC

Additional Signers (as of April 14):
Anna Berg, People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, northeast (, NYC
Erica Itzkowitz, Managing Director, Big Apple Playback Theatre*, NYC
Noel Juan, Music Director, San Francisco Bay Area
Gregory Koger, revolutionary communist who was imprisoned as a youth and spent many years in solitary confinement
Joseph Kohn, MD, Brooklyn, NY
Travis Morales, Stop Mass Incarceration Network; New York, NY
Rael Nidess, MD, Marshall, TX
Scott and Susan Rhodewalt, Westtown, PA
Donna Wallach, San Jose, CA
…plus over 280 other signers

To add your name to this statement, contact the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at, or by phone at (347)979-SMIN (7646) and reference the HANDS OFF NOCHE STATEMENT.

* For identification purposes only

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