Early on the morning of Thursday, February 21st, U.S. Marshals arrested
Dane Rossman at his home in Tucson, AZ on a provisional arrest warrant
issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office, acting on a Canadian extradition
request. Dane is one of five Americans sought in Canada for alleged
offenses stemming from the G20 summit.
On June 26th and 27th, 2010, tens of thousands of individuals gathered in
Toronto to protest the G20 summit. The G20 is a group of finance ministers
and central bank governors from nineteen powerful countries plus the
European Union. During the 2010 summit, Canadian authorities specifically
targeted people involved in migrant justice, indigenous solidarity and
anarchist organizing for prosecution. Dane was arrested along with over
1,100 other protesters in the largest mass arrest in Canada’s history. He
was processed and released without charges. Now, three years later, he is
facing three charges related to alleged property damage.
Dane is a dedicated social justice advocate, humanitarian aid volunteer,
and student. He has spent the past several years in Arizona providing
humanitarian relief on the US/Mexico border, and organizing against racist
profiling laws and mass incarceration.
The extradition of an individual from the U.S. to Canada for property
damage is almost unheard of. Dane’s extradition is political in nature
because it is meant to create fear and criminalize dissent. As long as
global institutions exploit our communities for profit, people will cross
nation-state boundaries to protest and make known the suffering in their
Dane is currently being held at the federal Corrections Corporation of
America facility in Florence, AZ, a private prison where most of his
fellow inmates are being held on immigration related offenses. As Dane’s
supporters and friends, we extend solidarity to all those who face state
repression, those in prison due to G20 protest charges, and those
incarcerated for crossing nation-state boundaries. Dane has an extradition
hearing set for April 16th, 2013.
To contribute to Dane’s legal defense fund or to check for updates visit http://supportdanerossman.blogspot.com