I am happy that your __media_type__ the __paper/show_name___ chose to cover the anarchist feminist collective Pussy Riot, and Russia’s unjust incarceration of three of the members, one of whom has now been released. Coverage of the repression of dissent anywhere is one of the seminal tasks of a news media that serves the public.
That is why I am asking you to cover a story closer to home. As you know, the United States incarceration rate is the largest in the world. Among our country’s political prisoners, three young anarchists in Washington and Oregon states have now been remanded into federal prison for up to eighteen months because they refused to testify before Grand Juries.
Matthew Duran, Kteeo Olejnik, and Leah-Lynn Plante have not yet been charged with any crime, but face nearly as long as the Pussy Riot members for simply refusing to speak in one of the only institutions that somehow ignores the fifth amendment right to remain silent. The three are being held in Secure Housing Units, which studies conducted by the UN and the NY Bar Association have concluded are a form of inhumane treathment and torture, in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the US Consitution.
For more information, check out nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com . I look forward to reading your coverage of this important domestic case.
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