Saturday, April 26, 2008

Oddness around Zendran case

During last week the following odd events occured while I was handling my case. Several documents containing evidence in my favor disappeared from the office of my public defender which could have helped me in my appeal. Also the office of another lawyer at the pastore center in cranston along with other buildings nearby experienced a power outage the day of my appeal. To add to the suspicious incidents the brown e-mail of one of my few friends, Dr. Thomas Biersteker, in not recieving e-mails from me. Dr. Biersteker is the former director of the watson institute who welcomed me there on May 5, 2004 and is currently on sabbatical.
If you think my recent legal situation is odd consider this. Within a 48 hour timeperiod of my case Wesley Snipes was sentenced to 3 years in jail, Robert Blake's civil appeal was denied, and the 3 ny pigs who killed that man on his wedding day and that war criminal marine were acquitted of murder. Coincidence?
Peter Z

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Zendran appeal denied

This afternoon I appeared again in RI district court to appeal my sentence. I was assisted by the same public defender I had on monday. The judge demanded that as part of my appeal that I vacate the plea and be held without bail for a period of time, and as this could not be met my appeal was denied.
Peter Z

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Take acion against brown university for violations of human rights

List of human rights abuses by brown university

The recent incident where brown university had targeted me with legal harassment and threatened to use lethal force against me if seen on campus for walking into their police station to handle a complaint, going about my business at the watson institute where the staff have told me I am welcome there as they have since 2003, and returning to the watson institute to retrieve my property is only the latest in a series of human rights abuses committed by brown university. I will not go into further details here about my personal issues, as I have detailed them already elsewhere, rather I will go into human rights abuses that have occurred and which I and others have observed.
1. Targeting of activists; While brown hosts many events on important forumson important issues which are open to the public, many activists who attend those events are subject to legal harassment by the brown university police. This often happens days leading up to events or during them and often includes charges of trespassing or disorderly conduct.
2. Targeting of minorities; Despite the diverse student body and faculty, as well as public who deal with brown, many minorities continue to be targeted. Two instances occurred in 2002. One was when a Black African student was beat by the bupd because he had no ID. A few days later a talk on police brutality by David Bates to be held at brown was cancelled. In 2003 a poor Native American man, James Powell, was arrested for trespassing at the rockefeller library where he had purchased a membership. In November 2006 Shahriar Mandanipour, a visiting Iranian author at the watson institute, was advised to pay for a traffic ticket issued by the city of providence for an offense he did not commit and he consented because he was ignorant of local laws. Poor people have even been targed and many who walk through campus are cited for trespassing, including those who visit the brown bookstore which is open to the public. The worst incident occurred in December 2004 when a poor Black African man who was playing Christmas music on a saxophone was beaten by police. One reason brown refused to allow outsourcing of it’s bookstore was that brown’s administration realized if it did their discrimination would have been exposed.
3. Requirement of involuntary control by brown; Upon admission students at brown are required to sign control of their bodies to the university, if they refuse they are denied admission. In doing so brown makes sure it is able to manipulate others.
4. Targeting faculty who dissent; Recently I and other people had noticed how faculty members at brown who disagrees with the administration on issues have been targeted either by being moved into other positions, pressured into leaving positions, or pressured into leaving brown. One instance occurred in 2004-5 where the entire Middle east Studies department, which disagreed with the administration, was pressured into taking a years sabbatical. Another example is how from 2006-2008 the watson institute has gone through 3 directors because the directors often stood up to brown’s administration. I have noticed many faculty who dissent with the administration being pressured into taking sabbaticals or into taking jobs at other universities. In the case of the first watson institute director though he stated his reasons for leaving were academic I met him weeks after he stepped down as director and found he was physically unkempt, though previously I had only seen him before in good health and impecabilly dressed in any situation. The second director stated the same reasons for her stepping down as director.
5. Unwarranted surveillance; Among the dirty tactics brown uses is spying. One example is how brown has cameras in many of it’s bathrooms. When brown is confronted with this accusation the responses are evasive and vary, but they include denial, claiming the cameras are there for security, claiming that they are an odd art form, and claiming that brown is private property and the law does not apply. One instance of this occurred in February 2004, when a member of the Palestinian government spoke at brown, then a few days later pictures taken of her using the bathroom at brown were found online on a voyeurcam website. Another tactic used is having brown faculty posing as street people off campus so they can spy on those who have issues with the university off campus.

What can you do to stand up to brown?

Boycott brown university. Do not send them donations, do not sponsor events, do not buy their products, do not buy from brown businesses, do not order anything from them.
Do not apply there as faculty or a student, do not accept invitations to events there.
Inform people and corporations who deal business with brown about how brown really behaves, so people will be better educated and prepared to take action

Monday, April 21, 2008

Zendran harassed again by brown for retrieving property

This occured friday afternoon as I was retrieving the book I gave to the watson institute and other books I had left there. I managed to retrieve my books friday but as I left watson brown's pigs chased me. I got off brown property but the same pig who tried to trespass me tried to grab me off brown property. I kicked him off and was tackled by 4 more brown pigs, managing to kick 2 of them off me before I was handcuffed on the corner of brook and benevolent st.'s. I was then taken to ppd hq without being processed by brown. I learned the next day that I was being charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, the latter because I was off brown property when I beat up the 3 pigs and could not be charged with assault on an officer, and my bail was $1000 cash. As I could not pay the bail I was transported to aci intake for the weekend. There I was not allowed to pary on sunday, though I was able to pray inside ppd hq only because someone had hidden some lighters in my cell and I used these instead of a candle or any fire material, being told the chaplain was not in and during processing the pg who processed me could not be made to understand what Zoroastrianism was and they were trying to determine whether or not I was Muslim or Jewish. At ri district court monday I was presented as a violator and because I could not make bail and because of my low income the public defender argued that I recieve 1 year probation and that all fines be waived, which was granted. However, the court ordered I stay off brown property.
At this point I have 5 days to appeal the court's ruling and I am seeking legal options. I have managed to retrieve all my property I had on brown's preises and I am severing my ties with brown and the watson institute. Notice this comes after brown had packed both watson and the university with people who would crack down on activists like myself, that this occured before Evo Morales's visit to brown tomorrow which I had been invited to attend, and is anothe rincident in the long list of human rights violations brown has comitted since 2001. Whatever few friends I have remaining at brown I am able to meet with off campus so there is no real problem. Right now I am seeking legal assistance in this matter and am seeking legal action aganst brown for accepting money stolen from me.
Peter Z

Friday, April 18, 2008

Zendran illegally charged by brown pigs

Yesterday I was tackled by 7 members of the brown pigs as I was walking by the science center on Thayer and Watermann St.s after leaving the watson institute where I went to find out more info about sertain events, including evo morales's upcoming speech, as they tried to enforce the illegal trespass issued this past monday. Once taken to thestation they said a complaint had been made by someone who had seen me at the watson institute earlier that day. When they were arguing about what to charge me with they admitted the previous trespass incidents from 2003 were invalid, but they were going to charge me with the illegal trespass which was issued when I was at the bupd hq. I argued that I had been told by the watson directors and faculty that I was welcome there whenever but they would not listen and I was turned over to ppd to be held by them until I was arraigned. Once at ppd hq a phone call I made to Dr. Beeman to inform him about the situation was blocked and during my stay there no other calls were allowed. I was told I would be released around 3 PM for arraignment but that never occured and I was held overnight. While being held I was denied the right to pray, despite the fact that one of the duty officers had allowed me to do so 2 years ago. During my detention I was initially told by one ppd member that I was held because I was denied transport, the one who released me said I was held for observation. I was arraigned by judge ippolito this morning. At my arraignment it was revealed that watson's receptionist michelle travers had made the call to brown, despite the fact that watson staff member Miranda Fasulo confirmed I was there to get info from the Director about events sponsored by watson. They tried to bring up the disorderly charge from October 2006 where I was found Not Guilty and I argued that with the judge. I pled Not Guilty and was released on recognizance and entered my appearance as a Pro Se Defendant. Needless to say I will fight these charges, and am in the process of taking action against brown by whatever means necessary, be it countersuit, encouraging others to divest, etc. Peter Z

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Update on Zendran legal situation

This morning I met with the people from PERA about my case. From the interviews done with the members of the ppd I have filed complaints about in regards to the harassment I have recieved they keep trying to change their stories and try to justify their actions based on complaints, crank or other, filed about me. When I spoke with the investigator at PERA I was told the nature of the complaints and warrants, be they legitiamte or not, are not considered by PERA. Neither is the fact that I was found Not Guilty on the bogus charges. Neither is the political considerations such as the charges coinciding with my case in the US Supreme Court and the criminal actions of the bank towards me being considered as factors in my case. Essentially, the city of providence is caving in and it lookslike my complaint is being killed.Also when I last spoke with the FBI about my case I had been told that the file on me could not be found, though some of the agents congratulated me on my successful defense.Another incident of legal harassment I have experienced is that once again brown's administration is trying to ban me from the campus. This stems from my contacting brown's administration in regards to their dealing with the same bank which had embezzled my fortune. When I went to arrange a meeting with the provost on April 14 I was told I was banned from the campus. When I contacted browns public safety department about it that same day they tried to cite an invalid citation from 5 years ago and they tried to cite me again, and once again I refused to sign and acknoweledge the trespass by signing it and therefore give it any legitemacy. Nevertheless brown has threatened me with arrest, yet my many contacts at brown continue to invite me to events, including the Finkelstein event I attended last night. On this incident I will defend myself by any means necessary.One final piece of news, the aclu has refused to meet with me about my recent situation, be it in regards to further action from PERA or about the illegal actions by brown. Looks like they are showing their true colors.
Peter Z