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Ojore N. Lutalo Legal Fund

March 2, 2010

Ojore is a former member of a Black Liberation Army formation and was released from prison last August after spending over two decades inside for actions on behalf of Black liberation movements.

On January 26th, while returning home from the Los Angeles Anarchist Book Fair on Amtrak, Ojore was detained at gunpoint and charged with endangering public transportation in La Junta, Colorado after several passengers allegedly heard Ojore make threatening remarks against the train while talking on his cell phone.

After 2 days in jail, Ojore was released on bail, after $4,500 was raised from people from all over the country, who rose to the occasion and donated funds and property to secure his release. The ensuing investigation revealed that the steward on the train never heard Ojore make any threatening remarks and the passengers, after being re-interviewed, said they never heard him make any specific threats. In light of this information, the District Attorney dropped the charges against Ojore.

Throughout this week-long ordeal, Ojore and his comrades were  steadfast in refuting the charges and media smear campaign. Many threats were made online against him on various news websites.

While Ojore is free and back home in New Jersey, he intends to pursue a civil liability suit against Amtrak. He will be seeking monetary compensation for all the expenses incurred such as the bail, which was non-refundable, the cost of having to fly home after Amtrak denied him the right to return home on the train, and other legal expenses. More funds are needed for legal and travel expenses.

Please donate whatever you can! You can send checks or money orders (payable to Tim Fasnacht) to:

Tim Fasnacht
Philadelphia ABCF
P.O. Box 42129
Philadelphia PA
19101 USA

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