The proposal pertains to Ellis Roberts/Robert Nilon a day one Occupier, a co-host and co-producer on the Occupy Wall Street Radio Show on WBAI and a huge voice and advocate of OWS ~and ensuring that there is legal support and funding provided for his commissary by OWS ~and that OWS commissary and legal support become protocol if Comrades are detained in the future.
Ellis has been in police custody since January 28th and held in Rikers since January 31st where he remains to this day. As the first Occupier to be detained and kept in Rikers he has received ZERO support from OWS and that cannot stand as it is a duty to protect and support our Comrades.
Stating that there is a freeze on OWS funds and the $100,000.00 bail fund is for bail and the $15,000 emergency jail fund does not qualify as a source for OWS to help with Ellisz commissary fund; OWS has left Ellis with zero support.
~Ensuring commissary funds while detained will enable our Comrades to buy food, supplies and make phone calls at $5.00+ for out of state phone calls.
For contrast, let it be stated that Occupiers receive a monthly total of $120 in metrocards, housing, a minimum of 1-2 meals a day, have access to phones and the internet for connectivity (Charlottes Place / friends etc.) and it is a duty to ensure that our detained Comrades will also have our care and support while they are detained.
Ellis is the first OWS Occupier that is being detained and kept in Rikers Island. He was arrested on and is facing completely erroneous charges: and he’s being held in Rikers; a NY Jail complex; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it is my suggestion that we alot a monthly amount of $220.00 to his commissary; to buy food, supplies and make phone calls at $5.00+ for out of state phone calls ~till his release.
I would like to ensure OWS’s brotherhood and solidarity does not end once a comrade is arrested or detained. I would like to ensure that OWS maintains the highest principles of camaraderie, honor, integrity, brotherhood and solidarity by making protocol: the provision of his and future comrades commissaries and ensuring his/their legal protection and well being while detained.
Proposal by : Faith Laugier
~Day 1 Occupier, Co-Host/Co-Producer of the OWS Radio Show on WBAI, member of Class War and an OWS Comrade.
**Please place on agenda for time equivalent of after 7:30pm. Radio show ends at 7pm. Thank you. xx