Nicole (“Nyki”) Kish

About Nyki

Nicole Kish or Nyki to those who know and adore her is a talented singer songwriter, artist, poet, and dedicated community activist. Over the past few years, Nyki founded a non-profit organization dedicated to improving literacy and educational opportunities within Ontario’s correctional facilities. As well she co-founded Bound for Glory, a not for profit arts and literary magazine for talented and neglected artists. Sadly however, on March 1st 2011, Nyki was wrongfully convicted of 2nd degree murder for little reason more than that she was there and she was stabbed. Dismissing the complete absence of positive identification, the confession of a former co-accused in regards to having pulled the alleged fatal knife, the lack of any DNA on Nyki and the copious amount on others, and the two separately “lost” surveillance videos gone missing in police custody, which have been alleged to have captured the events of that night, the judge successfully undermined this country’s core judicial principal of having to achieve for a just conviction, guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In fact the defense breached that threshold in proving her innocent. In short, backed by a media complacent with the “official” yet inconsistent story of Detective Giroux and the crown, an innocent young woman temporarily if not indefinitely lost her right to a beautiful life. Nonetheless, an appeal is being put forth and we plea to all who have a good heart and possess a care for true justice to support Nyki through these dark times and to demand her release/ ultimate acquittal.

“…innocent people will continue to be damned to this until more Canadians are made aware of the workings of our judicial system and vital changes are made. I’m ashamed that our police forces tunnel vision to prosecute me against all obvious facts will leave many without true closure and equally ashamed that our media is not the public watchdog it ought to be.” -Nyki Kish

There are many ways to assist Nyki and family.  The most obvious way is to contribute to her legal defense fund.  You can do this by checking outhttp://www.freenyki.org/. This website also gives additional facts about the case and shares some of Nyki’s music and writings.  The writing that affected me the most was her description of the living conditions in the prisonhttp://www.freenyki.org/blog/2011/8/9/life-in-prison.html. You can also keep up with developments in Nyki’s life by looking at the Free Nyki Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/#!/FreeNyki. The best way to support Nyki is to write her to express your support.  When sending mail to Nyki, you must address the letter to Nicole Kish or she will not get your letter.  She likes pictures so she has something to look at other than the walls of her jail cell.  The address is:

Grand Valley, 1575 Homer Watson Blvd,
Kitchener, Ontario
N2P 2C5
Max Unit
Atten: Nicole Kish

Lets hope that 2012 will be the year that Nyki Kish is freed and returned to her family and friends.

Nyki is an, artist, poet, singer song writer, and adherent community activist. Her music can be found at

http://www.youtube.com/user/stickynyki?feature=mhum
http://www.myspace.com/galmagnifica

Check it out and leave a comment.

Support her on facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Nyki/138497129550958

Or feel free to contact her supporters at freenyki.now@gmail.com 

June 11th Day of Support for Eco-Prisoners — What Are You Planning?

The second anniversary of the international day of solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and other longterm anarchist prisoners is nearly upon us!

From Green Is The New Red

What would you do if someone you cared about was sentenced to 20 years in prison? I don’t mean this as an empty rhetorical question. Stop and think for a second. How would you stand by them? Both personally and politically, what would “solidarity” mean? What would you do to show them they are never alone?

Unfortunately the environmental movement has had to grapple with what should be incomprehensible questions, first as Jeff “Free” Luers was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and then later when Eric McDavid was sentenced to nearly 20 years, and Marie Mason was sentenced to nearly 22 years.

June 11th became an international day of solidarity with long-term political prisoners. Last year there were events in 30 cities around the world, including film screenings, lectures, banner drops, and benefit dinners.

The Earth First Journal has some information on planning. And June11.org has sample posters, fliers, and other information.

At the very least, please take this opportunity to write Marie Mason, Eric McDavid, and other eco and animal rights prisoners a letter (there’s a list in the sidebar).

And now would also be a great time to donate to the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which provides crucial support to the children of political prisoners.

http://june11.org/index.html

Unprecedented Secrecy at Manning Trial; Rights Groups Request Transparency

Center for Constitutional Rights files petition for information

On Thursday, a coalition led by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a petition requesting Colonel Denise Lind, the judge presiding over the trial of WikiLeaks whistleblower Private Bradley Manning, to grant the public and press access to the trial’s motion papers, court orders, transcripts of proceedings, and other information usually made public.

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, in handcuffs, is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland February 23, 2012. (Reuters/Jose Luis Magana)Thus far, the hearings have proceeded with unusual secrecy, exceeding “the controversial military commission proceedings ongoing at Guantánamo Bay,” CCR reports. The requested information has not been made public to date. The petition also calls attention to the fact that multiple legal matters in the court martial have been argued and decided in secret, outside of the court room.

Among CCR, the petition includes reporter Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, The Nation with Jeremy Scahill, Julian Assange of Wikileaks, and many more voices for transparency.

“Public scrutiny plays a vital role in government accountability. Media access to the Manning trial proceedings and documents is critical for the transparency on which democratic government and faith in our justice system rests,” said Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director Baher Azmy. “Portions of the hearings themselves have been open to a small number attorneys and press, but the Manning proceedings have been open in name only.”

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Center for Constitutional RightsConstitutional Rights Attorneys, Media Challenge Secrecy of Manning Court Martial

Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a petition requesting the Army Court of Criminal Appeals to order the Judge in the court martial of alleged Wikileaks leaker Private Bradley Manning to grant the public and press access to the government’s motion papers, the court’s own orders, and transcripts of proceedings, none of which have been made public to date. In addition, the petition challenges the fact that substantive legal matters in the court martial – including a pretrial publicity order – have been argued and decided in secret.

The petitioners include CCR itself and a diverse group of media figures: Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, The Nation and its national security correspondent Jeremy Scahill, and Wikileaks and its publisher, Julian Assange. Also included are Kevin Gosztola, co-author of Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning and civil liberties blogger covering the Manning court martial, and Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning and a contributing editor to The American Conservative. […]

Said Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation: “Since its founding in 1865, The Nation has been committed to the elementary democratic principle that government operate openly and be subject to public oversight. We believe citizens have a right to know what their government is doing. IT IS therefore vital that the media covering Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court martial be able to view documents filed in public proceedings.”

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The Guardian/UKBradley Manning military trial: group petitions for a more open court

The military trial of the WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning is being conducted amid far more secrecy than even the prosecution of the alleged 9/11 plotters in Guantanamo, a coalition of lawyers and media outlets protest.

Led by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, the coalition has petitioned the Army court of criminal appeals calling for the court-martial against Manning to be opened up to the press and public. The group complains that the way the trial is being handled by the trial judge Colonel Denise Lind is a violation of the First Amendment of the constitution that requires public access unless the government can specifically demonstrate the need for secrecy.

The petition lists the many ways in which the public are being kept in the dark over the prosecution of Bradley Manning, who faces 22 charges related to the leaking of a vast trove of US state secrets to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. He was arrested in May 2010 at a military base outside Baghdad where he was working as an intelligence analyst on suspicion of passing hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables as well as warlogs from Iraq and Afghanistan to the site.

The army has allowed the publication of not one single motion submitted by the prosecution to the court-martial, nor any prosecution replies to defence motions, not even in redacted form. None of the orders issued by the court have been made public, and no transcripts have been provided of any of the proceedings – not even those that were fully open to the press.

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