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Thank You From Recently Released Antifa Prisoner John Tucker (Tinley Park Five)

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 01:36

After twenty months of imprisonment, antifascist political prisoner John Tucker is free. John is the second of the Tinley Park Five to be released and he’s written a thank you letter to his supporters. The letter reads:
“These past 20 months have been an ordeal to say the least. From court drama to safety issues to just the woes of incarceration itself, this has been a trying process. Yet, even within the darkness of a cell, cut off from the world, some light could still be seen. Your letters, donation,s and noisy solidarity were things of beauty to eyes forced to view the despair of a broken system day after day and eyes that could not help but watch as any glimmer of hope faded from so many youths as they were dehumanized by the tortuous conditions in which they were forced to dwell. Your zines brought much needed and often obscured information into a citadel of ignorance and fear, your books lifted the weight of monotonous oppression, and your donations aided in the welfare of so many with nothing but the state to care for them. A parcel of food here or some cosmetics there so often mean the difference between another night spent hungry or unclean and a good night’s rest, and never doubt the weight of one’s spirit in a time of need. Sadness, loneliness, and a lack of basic human needs often crush that vital spark necessary for a meaningful, productive, life and sadly press those “corrected” into a self-defeating cycle of unchecked violence or harsh drug use.

For so much I am thankful for the supporters, but of greatest importance was the solidarity. Your constant stream of letters and cards not only kept myself sane, but also gave tangible, physical proof of solidarity which revealed the tremendous weight of the conviction of people from the real world who likewise are willing to make a stand against the far too often accepted evils of the world, to an incarcerated populace who had often not heard of such people before. The attention brought by the constant stream of mail peaked curiosity and drove many to question what was going on. This in turn lead to discussions, which in turn lead to some longer discussions that I hope have made a difference in at least a few lives over the course of my stint of incarceration.

Now that I am free I am no less thankful for everything I have received from our amazing support network, which is in itself a testament to the will of a people willing to sacrifice to make a change. A support network populated by good hearted, noble people who have often suffered first hand under the weight of unchecked and unopposed malice. Thank you once again for everything you have done and continue to do; you are indeed an amazing people.

In Solidarity,
John Tucker”

While John is now out of prison, he undoubtedly needs the kind of support that those nearest to him can provide. At the same time, three of the Tinley Park Five remain imprisoned. Please take this time to write to them. Their addresses are:

Cody Sutherlin M34021
Robinson Correctional Center
13423 East 1150th Avenue
Robinson, Illinois 62454

Dylan Sutherlin M34022
Centralia Correctional Center
Post Office Box 7711
Centralia, Illinois 62801

Jason Sutherlin M34023
East Moline Correctional Center
100 Hillcrest Road
East Moline, Illinois 61244


NATO 3 Not Guilty of Terrorism! Convicted of Possession of Incendiary Device Charges and Facing 30 Years

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 16:53

On Friday, February 7, 2014, the jury in the NATO 3 trial returned its
verdicts against Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, and Brian Jacob Church.
These three had been held in Cook County Jail in Chicago since they were
arrested on May 16, 2012. They faced trumped up, politically motivated
terrorism, conspiracy, and arson charges because of their perceived
politics and political activities (mostly through the Occupy movement).

The cops and prosecutors had demonized them from the beginning as
violent anarchists and domestic terrorists who needed to be locked away
for decades because of their nefarious intents to terrorize the city of
Chicago. We knew all along that they had been targeted as part of a
broad campaign of state repression against activists, particularly
anarchists. We knew all along that they had been singled out to send a
message to us all that any dissent will be severely punished, that any
step outside of the bounds of the mainstream power structures will be
met with fierce consequences.

The jury did not buy the state’s lies about our comrades being
terrorists. They acquitted the NATO 3 of all the terrorism charges:
conspiracy to commit terrorism, material support for terrorism,
possession of an incendiary device with the intent to commit terrorism,
possession of an incendiary device with the knowledge that someone else
intended to commit terrorism. They also acquitted them of the
solicitation to commit arson charge.

Yet the jury played its role in the criminal legal system by finding
them all guilty of possession of an incendiary device with the intent to
commit arson and possession of an incendiary device with the knowledge
that another intended to commit arson. They also found them all guilty
of mob action, a lower-level crime that was offered to the jury as an
alternative to the conspiracy to commit terrorism and material support
for terrorism charges. The possession charges carry a maximum sentence
of 30 years in prison.

We can celebrate the victory over the state’s worst lies and their
defeat on their own battlefield, but we must not forget that these three
individuals are still being made to pay the price for our resistance. We
do not know how long they will continue to be held captive by our
enemies, but we do know that we will continue to stand in solidarity
with them and fight for their freedom until each of them walk out of the
prison gate.

Free the NATO 3!
Free all political prisoners and prisoners of war!
Destroy all prisons!
Smash the state!

The NATO 3 will be sentenced on Friday, February 28 at 2pm. We will send
word in the near future about ways you can show your solidarity for
them, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we are asking for donations for
their support needs in case they will be kept from us for many years to
come. https://www.wepay.com/donations/freethenato3. They also need to
hear from comrades around the world that they are not alone!

Brent Betterly
#2012-0519001
PO Box 089002
Chicago, IL 60608

Brian Church
#2012-0519002
PO Box 089002
Chicago, IL 60608

Jared Chase
#2012-0519003
PO Box 089002
Chicago, IL 60608


Monday Move call-in continues 2/3/14

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 14:57

Call The Pa Parole Board this Monday February 2nd and demand the release of The Move 9. The parole boards denial of parole for The Move 9 is outright illegal and can no longer continue. Parole is based on your prison records and not the issue of nature of the crime.

So don’t forget to call the parole board this Monday at (717) 772-4343 call them and question them into the fact that

(1) Why are their two former police officers Randy Feathers and Lloyd White sitting over the parole hearings of a case that centers around the frame up and murder of a police officer? This is a complete conflict of interest .

(2) Why is the parole board overlooking the recommendation of parole by the wardens and superintendents of these prisons that The Move 9 are in?

(3) Do The police have a deciding factor in the parole review of The Move 9?

Everyone is doing a good job out here so let’s keep the pressure on


MOVE 9/Mumia Media Month!

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 22:15

As part of a three stage strategy to bring our comrades home, We’ve announced February to be MOVE 9/Mumia Media Month.

There are already a few awesome upcoming events, and we encourage Move and Mumia supporters in other parts to host events in their communities. If you’re interested in signing on to Move Media Month, please drop an email to denverabc[at]riseup.net with a date/time and description of your event and we will add it to the list.

Upcoming Move 9/Mumia events:

-Wednesday February 12th:
Ramona Africa will be speaking on the case of The Move 9 and will
Feature a film screening of The 1978 Move Confrontation in Philadelphia .
7:00pm @ Bluestockings Radical Books
172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington Streets)
New York, NY 10002

-Saturday February 15th:
Mumia Film Festival, featuring Mumia Abu Jamal. Admission $10 Donation.
12:00pm @ The National Black Theater in Harlem NYC
2031-2033 National Black Theater Way (5th Ave between 125th And 126th Streets)
New York, NY 10035

-Wednesday February 19th:
Featuring Ramona Africa, Cornel West, and Mark Lewis Taylor
In a discussion on Religion, Rebellion, and Move.
6:00pm @ Medgar Evers Colledge
1650 Bedford Ave. (between Carroll and Montgomery streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11225 ‎

-Saturday February 22nd:
Denver ABC will be hosting a film screening of The 1978 MOVE Confrontation in Philadelphia, followed by discussion.
2:30pm @ Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton St
Denver, CO 80205

The PA DOC has held our comrades captive for over 30 years, for crimes that they are proven innocent. Let’s bring them home…


Chuck Africa transfered 1/27/14

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 03:15

Ona Move Everybody!

We just want to let everyone know that this past Monday our brother Charles Sims Africa, was transferred from SCI Retreat in Pennsylvania and is now in SCI Dallas .The transfer went OK and the best part is that Chuck is now with Delbert and Phil Africa at SCI Dallas.

Chuck hasn’t seen Delbert and Phil since 1989 and 1991 respectively . So this is indeed good that they are all together now the next step is to bring The Move 9, Mumia, and all Political Prisoners home so we still have work to do.

You can send Chuck a letter of support at his new address

Charles (Sims) Africa

AM-4975

SCI Dallas

1000 Follies rd

Dallas, PA 18612

For more info visit Move 9 Parole


NATO 3: Undercover Cop “Gloves” Continues Testimony, More Tomorrow

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 04:44

Undercover cop Nadia Chikko, aka “Gloves,” spent the day on the stand giving testimony about a litany of audio recordings from the wires that she and the other undercover cop involved in this case, Mohmet (“Mo” or “Turk”) Nguyen, wore while infiltrating the Chicago activist community and targeting these defendant. The state has introduced 55 audio recordings into evidence. Chikko’s testimony went through more than 30 of the recordings today, with the remaining expected to be covered tomorrow.

Her testimony and the audio recordings clearly show the ways the undercovers consistently pushed the defendants to turn their rambling conversations into plans to commit illegal acts. They also consistently talked big about themselves to make themselves sound experienced, militant and “down.” While doing so, they pushed the defendants for information about other people, planned protests and other events. They also invited themselves over to hang out with the defendants in the apartment they were staying at, offering to bring beer with them. Some of the recordings included conversations from inside the apartment that was later raided. In one of these, Mo helped take photos of activists wearing masks and holding legally owned items such as novelty knives and a compound bow.

The testimony so far will likely sound eerily familiar to people who are familiar with police infiltration of activist communities and movements for social justice. Even based on her narrative of the case so far, it’s clear that the defense was right when arguing in opening statements that the Illinois terrorism statutes are charges looking for defendants.

After Chikko’s testimony is complete, defense attorneys for each of the defendants will have their chance to cross-examine her and punch holes into her narrative.

Court will resume tomorrow morning at 10:30am, so all members of the public need to be seated by 10:15am. We urge everyone to arrive early, as the courthouse tends to be busy in the morning and everyone must pass through two security screenings to enter Courtroom 606. You can now register to attend trial the same day you wish to attend, so please join us tomorrow and help us pack the courtroom for the NATO 3!

Not able to attend court? You can still support the NATO 3 by organizing a trial solidarity event for them, writing them letters and donating to their legal fund! See http://freethenato3.wordpress.com/nato-3-trial-solidarity/ for more info!


Opening Statements Conclude, Undercover Cop “Gloves” Begins Testimony

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 04:35
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The NATO 3—Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, Brian Jacob Church—started their trial today with a full complement of defense attorneys and a courtroom packed with supporters. The prosecutors started off the opening arguments and were immediately followed by the defense attorneys. After the lunch recess, an audio technician who enhanced the audio on a number of tapes that make up a key part of the state’s alleged evidence against the three defendants testified that he had enhanced the audibility of the tapes but not altered the content in any way. His testimony was immediately followed by Chicago Police Officer Nadia Chikko, known as “Gloves” during her infiltration of the Chicago activist community.

The court proceedings ended part way through her testimony and court will resume at 10:30am tomorrow. All members of the public must be seated by 10:15am, so we encourage everyone planning on joining us in packing the courtroom to arrive early so they have time to pass through the two security screening processes required to get into Courtroom 606.

Prosecution Opening Statements

Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Thrun handled the state’s opening statement, clearly attempting to paint the defendants as dangerous terrorists bent on attacking the city. His statement closely paralleled the bond proffer in this case (see http://freethenato3.wordpress.com/court-documents/ for this and other court documents). In sum, he alleged the defendants came to Chicago to get in the media spotlight. They traveled together from Florida with weapons, tactical vests, and other equipment to enact a plan. They also set about recruiting people familiar with Chicago to help them with their plan. Thrun argued that they discussed a variety of plans, including shooting an arrow with a note attached through a window of the Mayor’s house and building a homemade mortar out of PVC pipe, but nothing satisfied them until they decided to build Molotov cocktails. Once they had done this, the undercover cops who had infiltrated their group got a search warrant approved and then raided the house where the Molotovs had been assembled. The jury would be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that these three defendants had intended to terrorize the city, had materially supported each other in committing terrorism, and conspired to commit terrorism.

Defense Opening Statements

The defense attorneys wasted no time in refuting the state’s claims. Sarah Gelsomino of the People’s Law Office began the defense opening statements. Gelsomino and Michael Deutsch represent Jacob. Gelsomino acknowledge that “terrorism” is a big, scary word and that it naturally leads people to fear for themselves, their families, and their communities. But this case is not a terrorism case at all and there is no credible evidence that the defendants ever posed a threat to anyone, she argued. Jacob became involved in Occupy because he felt unsure of his future and was concerned with government actions to support the rich at the expense of the poor and working class. As a novice in political protest, he educated himself on summits like NATO on the internet and became fearful of police violence. He was also in a vulnerable position, as he was insecure and struggling with chemical dependency issues. The cops exploited his situation because they were under pressure to make arrests and had been infiltrating the Chicago activist community looking for anarchists since February 2012 with no luck until then. Thus, the undercovers pushed the defendants to assemble Molotovs, even buying the gas for them. The defendants themselves never had a plan to build or use Molotovs. They never had the intent to commit terrorism.

Lillian McCartin made the next statement as co-counsel, along with Molly Armour and Paul Brayman, for Brent. She opened her statement with the image of a man stepping out into a chilly Chicago evening to make a phone call to ask what to do with four Molotovs. This man was Chicago Police Officer Mohmet Nguyen, known to the activists he had infiltrated as “Mo.” McCartin said that Brent had joined Occupy when he was down on his luck and had found a home and a way to make the world better for himself and his young son. Through going to different Occupy encampments and protests, he saw cops harass and brutalize people, which made him grow distrustful of them. He was also new to large political protests and unfamiliar with cities like Chicago where millions of dollars are spent on security before summits like NATO. He also met the undercovers after he had arrived in Chicago and these undercovers set up meetings with the defendants and brought beer with them to the meetings, fueling drunken comments and bragging. On the night of May 16, Mo and Gloves brought beer with them to an apartment in the Bridgeport neighborhood and started working their plan to create some reason to make an arrest. They had been frustrated by the lack of anything happening or any plan being made, so they were getting desperate. The evidence will show, McCartin argued, that there was no plan or intent to commit terrorism and that the only just verdict is a not guilty verdict.

The final defense opening statement was made by Tom Durkin, co-counsel with Joshua Herman for Jared. Durkin submitted to the jury that they would clearly see that there is no evidence of terrorism in this case and that the Illinois terrorism statutes were charges looking for defendants. He also argued that the evidence will show that the investigation in this case began as early as September 2011, not in early 2012 as the state had said. He also said that it is curious that this is a state case and not a federal case, like nearly every alleged terrorism case. Chicago is also a dangerous place for anarchists and for the First Amendment, going back to the police cracking people’s skulls at protests in 1968 to the Haymarket incident. This investigation into the Chicago activist community was spurred by incidents in Vancouver, Canada allegedly involving the Black Bloc and dangerous anarchists. The cops needed a lawful purpose for infiltrating Occupy Chicago and spent many hours surveilling people, running license plates, and going to different events in their search for anarchists. The cops were looking for a threat to justify the expenditures on the NATO summit, particularly after the G8 summit changed locations and there was no longer coinciding summits being planned. Thus, the cops had motives for shaping this case and making an agreement to commit illegal acts. Since conspiracy charges require an agreement and an agreement with the police is not enough, the evidence will show that there was no conspiracy to commit terrorism. He also argued that they never intended to intimidate or coerce a significant portion of the civilian population, a key component of the terrorism charge.

Testimony by Nadia Chikko, aka “Gloves”

The court proceedings today concluded with the first part of testimony by the undercover cop known as “Gloves.” She provided quick and lengthy responses to Assistant State’s Attorney John Blakey’s questions about her undercover investigation. Many of her responses received objections from the defense because she was jumping ahead and providing narratives that were not asked for by the questions; some of these objections were sustained and some were overruled. She testified that she was put on a 90-day undercover assignment in February 2012 and started attending protests and other activist events. She had met an activist at the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic closure protests in mid-April 2012 and, through him, met the defendants. She then went into detailed narratives of her conversations with Jacob, claiming that he instigated contact with her and Mo. Her testimony closely followed the bond proffer, even to the extent of using some of the exact quotes that Thrun had used in his opening statement and that the prosecution has used repeatedly in various motions and replies throughout this case. The prosecution entered a number of photographs and a Guy Fawkes mask into evidence during this testimony. Court ended when the prosecutor was ready to shift into the audio recordings the state has entered into evidence. These recordings and further testimony are expected to begin the proceedings tomorrow morning at 10:30am.


NATO 3: Reportback from first day of trial

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 16:13

Jury selection in the NATO 3 conspiracy and terrorism case began this morning and continued until the late evening. In the morning, the prosecution announced that two charges (Counts 10 and 11) had been dropped. These were both unlawful use of a weapon charges. The defendants are now heading towards trial with 9 counts instead of the 11 they have faced since they were arrested
in May 2012.

Jury selection will resume in the morning. The judge also stated that the trial itself will commence with opening statements on Tuesday, January 21st, so stay tuned for more information and plan to start packing the courtroom then!

The defendants seemed to be in good spirits and engaged in the jury selection process (to the extent they can be in this thoroughly disempowering system), despite the long hours today. Please take a moment to write* them a note of solidarity today to let them know you’ve got their back!

We also still need funds for legal expenses, so please donate today and start organizing your solidarity event to support them through trial. See http://freethenato3.wordpress.com/nato-3-trial-solidarity/ for addresses, donation info, and our call-out for solidarity events.

Also, we have changed our web presence to focus specifically on supporting the NATO 3 through trial.

Website: http://freethenato3.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FreeNATO3
Donations: https://www.wepay.com/donations/freethenato3
Email announcements: email nato-3-announce-subscribe@lists.riseup.net
Email: free.the.nato3@gmail.com


Move 9 parole: Call-in to the Parole Board Every Monday!

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 07:33
From move 9 parole: CALL EVERY MONDAY throughout Spring 2014:
Board of Probation and Parole: (717) 772-4343

 

Use these talking points when speaking with the Board to pressure them to do the right thing and parole the Move prisoners:

*[She/he/they] meet all of the reasonable standards for parole including recommendations from the prison authorities where they are incarcerated.

*[She/he/they] have excellent prison records, have kept down racial and gang violence in prison, helped inmates fight drug addiction, helped parents establish relationships with their children on the outside, and have been an overall positive influence on the prison population, both staff and inmates.

*[She/he/they] have served over 35 years of a 30-100 year sentence for third-degree murder even though the average sentence for that charge is 10-15 years.

*I am concerned about optional stipulations that the Parole Board may require, which I feel are unfair, and which many legal scholars contend is a violation of First Amendment rights. In the past, as a condition for parole, these prisoners have unfairly been required to renounce the religious organization they belong to, Move.

*I am concerned about the “taking responsibility” stipulation which basically asks a prisoner to admit guilt in order to be granted parole. [Prisoner(s) name] have always maintained their innocence and there is evidence that corroborates that the shot was from a police officer rather than any of the individuals currently incarcerated. It is unfair to require this stipulation from any prisoner who maintains innocence.

*I am also concerned about the “serious nature of the offense” stipulation. The judge took the nature of the offense into consideration when the sentence was issued so that barring misconduct, new charges, etc. [she/he/them] was to be released on their minimum.

*Since two of the members of the PA Parole Board (Randy Feathers and Lloyd White) are former police officers, this leads to bias against [she/he/them] and needs to addressed so that their right to parole is not compromised

*[She/he/they] have now spent most of their lives in prison, and the recidivism rate for people released at [her/his/their] age is very low. All of the Move members that have already been released from prison have not recidivated.

Since the prison system insists on having DIN numbers to reference, make sure to have them when you call.  The dates listed indicate when their next hearing should be held, and you can call the Parole Inmate Inquiry line at 717 772-4343 to verify their next parole date.

Charles Sims Africa #AM4975 (November 2014)
Debbie Sims Africa #OO6307 (August 2016)
Delbert Orr Africa #AM4985 (August 2015)
Edward Goodman Africa #AM4974 (November 2015)
Janet Holloway Africa #OO6308 (August 2016)
Janine Phillips Africa #OO6309 (August 2016)
Michael Davis Africa #AM4973 (November 2015)
William Phillips Africa #AM4984 (August 2015)

Make sure to have a paper and pen handy when you call, so you can write down who you spoke with and what their response was. This info can be sent to the Move Organization: onamovellja[at]gmail.com.


Inmates strike to protest Alabama prison conditions

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 20:55

From Corporate Media:

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Prisoners in three different state prisons think it is time they get paid for doing kitchen work, laundry and maintenance tasks. In protest of not being paid for institutional work, some have refused to report for work at three different facilities since the weekend.

The inmates are also seeking better living conditions and a revamping of the parole system. They said prisons are too overcrowded. State prisons are operating at almost double the capacity they were built to hold.

The protest started Sunday in Atmore at Holman Correctional facility, then on Monday, the peaceful protest spread to St. Clair Correctional in Springville and Elmore Correctional. On Tuesday, all of the Elmore inmates returned to work and some followed suit in Holman, but the protest continued at St. Clair Correctional on Tuesday.

Some inmates have posted videos on YouTube as part of their movement, but officials would not comment on this and said they are open to discussing issues about the food at the facilities. Posting the videos would constitute a felony charge against a prisoner because cell phones are considered to be contraband inside prison walls.

Department of Corrections Spokesperson Brian Corbett said the protest may not be the best course of action because some of their complaints are things the department has no control over, such as altering terms of parole and sentences. He suggested the prisoners should make lawmakers aware of their concerns.


New Campaign: Welcome Home John Tucker

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 23:59

From NY ABC:

John Tucker of the Tinley Park 5 is due to be released from prison at the end of this month or by early February. So , Bloomington ABC ,NYC ABC , and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for John.

From j.mp/JohnTucker:
“John Tucker, the second of the Tinley Park 5 to be released, will be free in JANUARY! The Tinley Park 5 are 5 men from Indiana charged with multiple felonies for an altercation with active white supremacists at a restaurant in Tinley Park, Illinois. (more info here)

John’s health has been neglected while imprisoned, so he is facing medical expenses, including dentistry and dermatology, when he gets out. John will also be responsible for court costs and court-mandated “anger management” classes.

John has enjoyed many letters, book & commissary donations, and correspondences from his supporters during his time in captivity (y’all have helped to make his time much more tolerable!), but prisoner support doesn’t end when they’re released; transitioning out of prison can be a difficult time for former prisoners. Having felonies on their records creates barriers to housing and employment. Many things about their lives and communities may have changed during their time inside, so extra effort is required to provide support and build solidarity to avoid isolation and undue financial hardship. Please help us create a gracious homecoming and a smooth re-entry for John.

If you cannot provide financial support at this time, we recommend writing the 3 still inside and writing, visiting, and building relationships with other incarcerated folks to continue struggles like those for which the TP5 are imprisoned. Support your local prison rebels!”

Please remember that prisoner support doesn’t end when a comrade is released. Through halfway houses, supervised release, parole, or probation, there is usually state supervision beyond the initial sentence. Also, prison is traumatic. And of course there is the stigma of being a former prisoner that effects nearly every aspect of one’s life. All of this adds up to the less obvious, but equally necessary, support needed when our loved ones come home. Donate to your ability and show an anti-fascist comrade how we welcome folks home.

If for whatever reason you’d rather donate to John offline, please make the check payable to John Tucker and mail it to:
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Post Office Box 163126
Sacramento, California 95816

If you’d like to write to John to let him know you’re thinking of him and that you’re glad he’s getting out soon, he’d love to hear from you. His current address is:
John Tucker M34024
Lincoln Correctional Center
Post Office Box 549
Lincoln, Illinois 62656

More information is available at tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com and j.mp/JohnTucker


CONFIRMED: Lynne has been released!

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 04:55

Comrades from Jericho have confirmed that Lynne has been released and should be arriving in NYC tomorrow morning (January 1st).


BREAKING: JUDGE ORDERS LYNNE STEWART’S RELEASE

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 22:49

From NYC CBS:

A federal judge in Manhattan ordered a “compassionate release” Tuesday from prison for a dying former civil rights lawyer.

The U.S. government requested the release earlier in the day for Lynne Stewart, who was convicted in a terrorism case from prison. Prosecutors say Stewart, 74, suffers from recurrent stage-four breast cancer. She was not scheduled to be released until August 2018.

U.S. District Judge John Koeltl had said he could not release her early without a recommendation for from prison authorities. The director of the Bureau of Prisons made the request through Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“The defendant’s terminal medical condition and very limited life expectancy constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons that warrant the requested reduction” in her prison sentence, Koeltl’s order said.

Stewart has been imprisoned since 2009 after she was convicted of helping a blind Egyptian sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, communicate with his followers from prison.

Abdel-Rahman was convicted in 1996 of plotting to bomb a number of landmarks in New York City. He was sentenced to life in prison.

If she is released, Stewart would live with her son in Brooklyn, CNN reported.


BREAKING: BOP petitions judge for compassionate release of Lynne Stewart

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 19:11

From Democracy Now:

The Bureau of Prisons has submitted a request to the judge in Lynne Stewart’s case, asking him to grant “compassionate release” to 74-year-old jailed civil rights attorney who is dying from stage IV breast cancer. Scroll down to read the order.

“This morning, the government, meaning the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of the Bureau of Prisons, filed a motion before Federal Judge John Koeltl, requesting that Lynne Stewart be re-sentenced to time served,” said Bob Boyle, one of Stewart’s lawyers. “This means she would be eligible — if he signs the order — for immediate release. There is every indication that will sign the order, since he said so on the record, when we made the motion back in July to have her be released.”

Boyle says he fully expects Stewart to be released in the next few days, and return to New York City where she will live with her son. He says she and her family have been told the news and are extremely relieved and grateful.

Full story, including audio


CeCe McDonald gets out in 2 weeks: Support needed upon release!

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 03:23

CeCe McDonald gets out of prison in just a little over 2 weeks. Supporters are looking for a few donations. If you have any of these things laying around the house please feel free to drop them off for CeCe at The Exchange, 3405 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis.

*Twin sized bed frame: Headboard/footboard/ralls/all that!
*Sewing supplies: Needles, threads, pins, fabrics, cutting boards, notions,
patterns, etc.
*Gift cards to Target, Grocery Stores, Joanne fabrics, Walgreens, etc. —

For those out of state: items (gift cards, sewing supplies) can be mailed to this address:

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition,
3405 Chicago Ave, Suite 103
Minneapolis, MN 55407
RE: CeCe McDonald


TP5: Support for John Tucker’s release

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 03:19

John Tucker is getting out soon!

John Tucker of the Tinley Park 5 is due to be released from prison in February of 2014. So, Bloomington ABC , NYC ABC , and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for John.

By the time John is released he’ll have been locked up for just under two years, will have a felony on is record, and certain things just won’t be the same. Lets help him make a smooth transition! Lets raise some money, and secure a release fund that will welcome him upon his release.

Here is the website that was created for folks to donate to John Tucker’s Release Fund online: https://www.wepay.com/donations/john-tucker-prison-release-fund. If for whatever reason you’d rather donate to John offline, please go ahead and make the check out to John Tucker, then mail the check to:

Sacramento Prisoner Support
PO Box 163126
Sacramento, CA 95816

If you’d like to write to John to let him know you’re thinking of him and that you’re glad he’s getting out soon, I’m sure he’d love to hear from you. His current address is as follows:

John Tucker M34024
Lincoln Correctional Center
Post Office Box 549
Lincoln, Illinois 62656

in solidarity,

Bloomington ABC, NYC ABC, SPS


$60 for Mumia’s 60th

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 21:17
Together, we prevented the state from executing Mumia Abu-Jamal. Together, we can bring him home. Mumia is off death row, but his life is still in danger. We ask you to be one of 1,000 individuals to donate $60 to fund the work of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, which includes an international petition drive; the Celebration of Life Festival for Mumia’s 60th birthday in April; and the Liberation Tour.  Please click here to support the $60 for Mumia’s 60th Birthday Indiegogo campaign, and share this message with your friends and family. The first 100 people to donate will be recognized at the Celebration of Life Festival, which begins on April 24, 2014.  



Migs Paroled!

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 22:05

Mark Neiweem, better known as Migs, has been paroled as of December 12th according to the Illinois Department of Corrections website. Migs was in prison since May of 2012, after allegedly attempting to acquire explosive devices during the NATO summit in Chicago.  Congratulations to Migs, whom we hope is reunited with family and friends. Look at all that hair!


Call in for Byron Chubbuck (Oso Blanco)

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 23:49

Call-in today Wed 12/18!

USP Lee where Oso is being held:
Email: LEE/ExecAssistant@bop.gov
Phone: 276-546-0150
Fax: 276-546-9115

Mid Atlantic Regional Office:
Email: MXRO/ExecAssistant@bop.gov
Phone:301-317-3100
Fax: 301-317-3119

When you call & email let them know that Byron Shane Chubbuck
#07909-051 has a documented history of chronic, severe illness (Hep C, and
an undiagnosed mass that appeared in his liver a few months ago). His
several sick calls have been ignored, despite constant and debilitating
leg, side and back pain. He needs a proper ultrasound of the tumor, and
ongoing medical attention.

He is currently in SHU (Administrative Segregation/Solitary Confinement)
because a drawing of a Cherokee burial mound was found in his cell, and he
was accused by guards of having an “escape tool.” We demand he be released
from SHU, and the charges dismissed. He was not trying to escape, and SHU
is no place for a sick prisoner.

Let the MA regional office know that USP Lee has been denying Byron Shane Chubbuck #07909-051 medical attention.  They are ignoring his sick calls and a chronic liver illness patient should not be in administrative segregation. We demand that USP Lee get him the medical attention he needs, and stop harassing this sick prisoner.

Please leave comments below about how the call goes or any responses you receive!

Byron Shane Chubbuck is a wolf clan Cherokee/Choctaw raised in New Mexico,
his Indian name is Oso Blanco and he became known by the authorities as
“Robin the Hood” after the FBI and local gang unit APD officers learned
that Oso Blanco was robbing banks to send thousands of dollars with of
supplies to the Zapatista Rebels of Chiapas on a regular basis during 1998
and 1999.

Chubbuck is serving 80 years for bank robbery, aggravated assault on the
FBI, escape and firearms charges. Byron engaged federal agents in a gun
battle on August 13th 1999 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Although Chubbuck escaped, he was arrested later that day and sentenced to
time in New Mexico’s state Penitentiary. After serving just over a year in
New Mexico, he escaped from a prison transport van and almost immediately
began robbing banks. He was recaptured a short time later. Byron never
used a gun in any bank robbery, but he has a long history of living by the
gun and will not hesitate to use it on the agents of repression or the
occupiers of Aztlan whom force false laws on the true people of this land.

Quote from Oso “I am still able to hold my head up high and feel the
gratification for my work in a world where money, power and destructive
industries are regarded far above humanity, indigenous and impoverished
peoples and cultures. I cannot help that I got deeply into my work….”

General Information/Support

http://www.osoblanco.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=107

http://www.abcf.net/prisoners/chubbuck.htm

Medical history

http://325.nostate.net/?p=9112#more-9112

http://denverabc.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/urgent-call-in-for-oso-blanco-june-12-13th/

http://denverabc.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/7936/

Article from 2001 arrest
http://lubbockonline.com/stories/020701/upd_075-7400.shtml


12/12/13: Urgent Campaign for Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 06:04

UPDATED campaign for Thursday 12/12 & Friday 12/13:

Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is being held at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY. He is very sick and needs your help. Mr. Hayes suffers from diabetes mellitis, as well as hepatitis C. He has lost 40 pounds over the past three months. This constitutes unintentional weight loss of 22% of his original body weight. The degree of his weight loss as well as the time frame over which the weight loss has occurred is alarming. Seth requires urgent evaluation of his weight loss which should include a complete evaluation for cancer and other causes of abnormal weight loss. To date he has not received this evaluation. DOCCS is mandated to provide appropriate medical care to incarcerated persons. Appropriate medical care, in this case, requires urgent diagnosis of the cause of his rapid weight loss and appropriate treatment. We must act now! It is crucially important that we pressure Sullivan Correctional Facility to provide appropriate medical treatment for Seth.

*THINGS YOU CAN DO:*

1) On *Thursday, Dec. 12th, call Dr. Sidorowicz*, Health Services Facility Director at Sullivan Correctional Facility at *(845) 434-2080 ext 6126* — if that extension doesn’t work you can also try ext 6124 and ext 6117 (these go to the nurse’s station) and *Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann*, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at (518) 457-7073

Suggested talking points:
a) Briefly state your concerns regarding the health of Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280. — Mr. Hayes has lost 40 lbs which constitutes a 22% loss of his original body weight. — He has been denied appropriate and necessary medical treatment for this weight loss, which includes a work-up for the cause of this weight loss.
b) Ask why Mr. Hayes hasn’t received the recommended & necessary medical work-up and treatment; and
c) Demand that Seth Hayes be transferred to an outside medical facility where he can receive an appropriate work-up and treatment.

2) On *Friday, Dec. 13th, fax a letter* on Seth’s behalf (*sample letter below *which can be edited and signed by either a medical advocate or a non-medical advocate). Please fax letters to:
a) Dr. Sidorowicz at Fax: 845-434-2462 and
b) Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann at Fax: 518-457-2115

*****Sample letter*****

Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Phone: 518-457-7073
Fax: 518-457-2115

Dear Dr. Koenigsmann,

My name is *****. I am a physician at *****. I am writing on behalf of Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who is currently a prisoner at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY. Mr. Hayes suffers from diabetes mellitis, as well as hepatitis C. I am writing because Mr. Hayes has lost 40 pounds over the past three months. This constitutes unintentional weight loss of 22% of his premorbid body weight. The degree of his weight loss as well as the time frame over which the weight loss has occurred is alarming and more than meets the criteria for cachexia. Mr. Hayes requires urgent evaluation of his weight loss which should include a complete evaluation for cancer and other causes of cachexia. To date he has not received this evaluation. DOCCS is mandated to provide appropriate medical care to incarcerated persons pursuant to the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Appropriate medical care, in this case, requires urgent diagnosis of the cause of his rapid weight loss and appropriate treatment. I strongly urge you to transfer Mr. Hayes to an outside medical facility immediately for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. I thank you for your attention to these medical matters. I can be reached at ***** for any questions.

Sincerely, **********

cc: Dr. Sidorowicz, Health Services Facility Director at Sullivan Correctional Facility Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner Elizabeth Ritter, Assistant Commissioner Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services

Background:

Robert Seth Hayes is currently 65 years old. He was first diagnosed with Type II diabetes in the year 2000. In the 13 years since then, DOCCS has been completely unable to control his blood sugar levels. At the time he was diagnosed, Mr. Hayes was at Clinton. He was transferred to Wende in 2003 and then to Sullivan in 2010.

Throughout this time, Mr. Hayes’ sugar levels have either soared to the 300 to 400 levels or been extremely low, in the 50 to 70 levels, both life-threatening. Mr. Hayes also has Hepatitis C, for which he is currently not receiving any treatment.

Mr. Hayes has lost 40 pounds in recent months and currently weighs only 140 pounds. This is extremely rapid and dangerous weight loss. Diabetes is an insidious disease, and the constant sugar fluctuations can lead to renal failure, coma or stroke.

NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, as this would be cruel and unusual punishment. Of course, adequate medical care would include a diabetic diet, which is absolutely not provided by NYS DOCCS. Additionally, they refuse to allow food package items such as diabetic cookies and candies.

Since NYS DOCCS has been completely unable to control Mr. Hayes’ sugar levels during the past 13 years, the community requests that he be taken to an outside medical facility for a complete diagnosis and adequate care.

Of course, if Robert Seth Hayes had been released on parole instead of having 15 years added to his sentence by the NYS DOCCS Parole Board, he would be a free man today and would have better access to adequate medical care than he currently does.

Please write, call, fax and email the following people and insist that Robert Seth Hayes, DIN No. 74-A-2280, be taken to an outside medical facility as soon as possible. If you are a doctor, nurse, or any other kind of medical personnel, please use your letterhead.

Please email nycjericho@gmail.com and let us know what response you receive. Also, if you are able to find out any additional phone or fax numbers, we will be grateful for the information. All of the following officials at the NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services can be reached at Harriman State Campus, Building #2, 1220 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12226-2050.

Acting Commissioner: Anthony J. Annucci
Phone: (518) 457-8126

Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer: Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Phone: 518-457-7073
Fax: 518-457-2115

Assistant Commissioner for Health Services: Elizabeth Ritter
Elizabeth.Ritter@doccs.ny.gov

Director of Health Services Operations and Management: Nancy A. Lyng, M.S.
(518) 457-7072

Sullivan Correctional Facility
Patrick Griffin, Superintendent
P.O. Box 116, 325 Riverside Drive, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116
845-434-2080