Ashvegas: “As it pursues bogus littering charges against citizens, Asheville trashes ideal of compassionate city”

Jason Sanford writes: “This is the story of how a city lost compassion for its people.“ “The felony charges, which Asheville police have rarely ever used, have shocked and scared those who stand accused. And that’s clearly the point. There’s rarely been a more clearcut case of local police intimidation. The felony littering arrests marked a boiling point… Continue reading Ashvegas: “As it pursues bogus littering charges against citizens, Asheville trashes ideal of compassionate city”

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Statement: APD doxxed more of us and keeps sweeping camps

Defendants’ statement issued June 6 (view on instagram) On June 3, Asheville Police Department issued a press release “updating” the public about this case, and sharing the legal names and dates of birth of 10 more defendants. Gross! And wow, y’all, our community did not stand for it. You stood up for us. You noticed that they… Continue reading Statement: APD doxxed more of us and keeps sweeping camps

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AFP: The City of Asheville Denies All Park Ban Appeals for Aston Park Defendants

From the Asheville Free Press: “All appeals have been denied for the Aston Park Defendants banned from all Parks and Recreation Facilities after a protest which occurred in December 2021. The defendants have been banned for three years under an Asheville City Administrative Policy on Restricted Access Notices, which allows Asheville Police Department to issue the… Continue reading AFP: The City of Asheville Denies All Park Ban Appeals for Aston Park Defendants

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AFP: Aston Park Defendants Face Extrajudicial Punishment, Expert Sees Potential for First Amendment Challenge

From the Asheville Free Press: “Between January and March 2022, Asheville Police Department (APD) charged fifteen individuals with “felony littering” in connection with a protest at Aston Park in late December 2021. The demonstration was against the City’s policy of evicting homeless encampments. In March, twelve of the Aston Park Defendants were also issued a “Restricted Access… Continue reading AFP: Aston Park Defendants Face Extrajudicial Punishment, Expert Sees Potential for First Amendment Challenge

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Mountain Xpress Letter: “An all-out war on the homeless”

“It’s an outrage that 15 mutual aid workers who volunteer their time and resources to help feed houseless people were recently charged with “felony littering” for being part of a food distribution event with an art build in Aston Park last December.” Cathy Holt, Mountain Xpress, April 16 Asheville community member Cathy Holt wrote a… Continue reading Mountain Xpress Letter: “An all-out war on the homeless”

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Statement: The City Is Misusing Resources

Statement released by the defendants on April 14, 2022 As the Asheville Police Department and the City of Asheville continue to pursue felony charges against 15 community members, let’s take a closer look at some of the narratives they’re relying on to justify their actions… APD perpetuates a narrative that they are both understaffed and underfunded. Two… Continue reading Statement: The City Is Misusing Resources

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Statement: We Got Banned From Parks

This past week, the Asheville Police Department delivered letters to defendants issuing a ban from ALL Asheville City Parks for a period of three years. These bans were issued on the grounds of “commission of a felony,” for which none of the recipients have been convicted. Some recipients had not been otherwise notified of pending… Continue reading Statement: We Got Banned From Parks

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Statement: Now 15 Defendants

The following is an update issued March 10 from the defendants (at this point 15) facing charges in Asheville, NC as part of the city government’s attempt to repress food sharing and mutual aid organizing: Since our last statement at the beginning of February, the state has targeted 8 more community members in connection with… Continue reading Statement: Now 15 Defendants

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