Bay Area Anarchist Black Cross – Support revolutionary Prisoners of War/Political Prisoners

Letters to Prisoners

Reminder of Jesse’s next hearing…FRIDAY

This is basically a copy and paste of two previous postings about Jesse Nesbitt:

Jessie the Brickthower was accused of throwing bricks at police during a May Day Occupation. He is facing felony charges, of felony assault, assault on a police officer, and vandalism.

He has a history of mental health problems dating at least as far back as the age of 16 when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is also a vet who has PTSD, and has problems with substance abuse.

Jesse the Brickthrowers next court date is 9:00 am, July 20th at Department 20 at 850 Bryant.

Please note that he is facing several felony charges and only one person was present in court on the morning of June 27th, so please show up for the next one. So please be there for the next one. He has been frustrated with the lack of support.

People may also write to him at:

Jesse Nesbitt
200668440
PO Box 67
San Bruno, CA 94066

He also can use money for his commissary for basic needs and to write back.


Anarchist NATO Prisoners Migs and Sabi Need Support

Lost in all the hype surrounding the NATO 3 and Tinley Park 5, two other anarchist prisoners are languishing in Cook County Jail in need of support. Mark Neiweem (Migs) and Sebastian Senakiewicz (Sabi) are being held on serious charges and exorbitant bail. Both were arrested before the NATO summit on bogus accusations involving explosives. Migs is charged with attempting to purchase pipe bomb ingredients form an informant, while Sabi allegedly plotted to blow up a train bridge.

General conditions in Cook County Jail are abysmal. Stabbings are common occurrences and the food often contains rat feces. Prisoners often do not see the light of day for their entire time there, as they are transferred between buildings through underground tunnels. In addition Migs and Sabi are being singled out for further abuse as political prisoners. Jail administrators are instigating other inmates to attack them. Migs was held naked in solitary for five days on a bogus suicide watch, with 24-hour lighting, freezing temperatures, and a broken toilet.

As if this weren’t enough, Migs is being dogged on the outside by unsubstantiated rumors that he is an informant. An article to this effect was posted on Anarchist News the day after his arrest, only to be taken down the next day. Apparently some Chicago anarchists are unclear about which end of an entrapment sting the snitch is on. Nonetheless, Occupy Chicago continues to support Migs and Sabi and all the Chicago prisoners. They can’t do it all themselves, though.

How you can help: Send letters, zines and money! Migs and Sabi can be reached at the addresses below. Remember to take the staples out of any zines you send, as mail with staples is sometimes rejected on the grounds that they are weapons.

Write them at:
Sebastian Senakiewicz
2012-0520030
P.O. Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Mark Neiweem
2012-0520023
P.O. Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Wire money to their commissary accounts. This is the only way they can buy things like toothpaste and better food.

For MONEYGRAM
RECEIVE CODE = 1750
Account = Inmate name – # Inmate number
To contribute to the Chicago bail fund: https://www.wepay.com/donations/143498

http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20120706211417693


Jesse’s next court date

Jesse the Brickthrowers next court date is July 20th at Department 20 at 850 Bryant.

Please note that he is facing several felony charges and only one person was present in court on the morning of June 27th, so please show up for the next one. So please be there for the next one. He has been frustrated with the lack of support.

People may also write to him at:

Jesse Nesbitt
200668440
PO Box 67
San Bruno, CA 94066

He also can use money for his commissary for basic needs and to write back.


Support the NATO 5

We’ve been slacking on this. The NATO 5 also need our support. So many 5’s so little time.
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Date:
Monday, June 18, 2012 – 10:55pm

Dear friend,

Imagine being trapped in a cage twenty-four hours a day. You have to eat food better fit for a garbage can than a human. Surrounded by guards who hate you, push you around, call you a terrorist.

This is happening right now to our friends who are in jail on trumped-up charges of domestic terrorism, even though we all know what their real crime was—standing up against the NATO warmongers. Free speech is under attack, and the NATO 5 are victims of this attack.

But you can make a difference in their lives and the lives of all those who speak truth to power. You can support those who fight to make our society a better place for you and everyone you know. Please donate right now to the bail fund and help release our friends, your friends. Our bail fund is https://www.wepay.com/donations/143498

Brent, Brian, Jared, Sebastian, and Mark’s arrests weren’t an attempt to catch “violent anarchists” that were going to smash private property and harass businessmen in suits. The arrests were simply a tool to scare away crowds from protesting the war machine.

Unlawful arrests have long been used to quell dissent. In 2003, 800 people were unlawfully arrested during an antiwar march, and the city of Chicago settled, giving $12 million taxpayer dollars to those unlawfully detained. Twelve million dollars wasted while the city shutters schools, mental health clinics, libraries, and other services. Confidential informants were sent to infiltrate peaceful activism groups, to attempt to entrap individuals. Why would the city do this? The answer is clear: to justify spending money on weapons and personnel, to justify its increasing repression of dissent without raising the ire of the average citizen—after all, with these unlawful raids, detentions, arrests, and prosecution, the government is supposedly “protecting” the public from the “violent anarchists.”

According to the National Lawyer’s Guild’s report, The Policing of Political Speech: Constraints on Mass Dissent, in the U.S. most allegations against protesters are proven false after the fact.

“Time and time again, millions of dollars have been obtained by the police departments for personnel and equipment at large events, justified by confidential informant testimony that large numbers of ‘anarchists’ are planning to attend and engage in violence. Closer examination of the facts often reveals the falsity of such allegations: numerous police informants, many with criminal backgrounds, admit when later questioned that activist groups they infiltrated never planned any violent activities. Indeed, millions more have been spent paying damages to the demonstrators victimized by these tactics.” (http://www.nlg.org/wp-content/files_flutter/1286308219bodyfinal.pdf)

In the words of Eric Ruder from The Socialist Worker, “The state has set an outrageously high bail…which itself serves as a form of pressure on defendants to plead guilty to a lesser charge or face the prospect of remaining in prison during a trial that could take years in order to prove their innocence.” (http://socialistworker.org/2012/06/14/framing-of-the-nato-five)

This is why your donation to the bail fund is so important. You can take a stand and say that they cannot take our friends and keep them locked up. That the government cannot use money as repression. That we can and will take care of our own. We have told them to expect us; now is the time to show our power.

With your help, we can free our friends who are wrongly imprisoned for standing up against war. Five innocent young men are being held in a cage—will you help get them out?

Thanks for everything you do to support this movement. I hope you will donate today.

Love,
Bunny
Friend of the NATO 5

https://www.wepay.com/donations/143498


Update on the Cleveland 5

The Bay Area Anarchist Black Cross would also like to mention that at least a few of The Cleveland 5 also need help in finding lawyer. See the previous post. These guys are in deep shit for something they clearly wouldn’t have planned without entrapment. FUCK THE STATE.
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Posted on June 19, 2012 by denverabc

After almost two months of imprisonment, repression and an intense campaign of media demonization, the Cleveland five remain strong and solid in their refusal to cooperate with the FBI.

They also remain in desperate need of our support. They are getting very little contact from the outside world and four of the five defendants are being re represented by public defenders. Although right now these four say they are happy with their lawyers, they also have no access to the funds necessary to offer them the legal options they so desperately need right now. We all know that “justice” basically means how much money you have.

Their support crew has been working hard to hustle the funds necessary to hire a lawyer for Connor, the defendant who was most unhappy with his legal representation. The lawyer, who is taking on the case at a reduced cost, also plans to hire an investigative team to work on the case. As of now, initial legal costs exceed $30,000 and are expected to be much more than that.

Even though these costs are huge and may seem insurmountable, the future of the five is riding on the efforts of small autonomous groups of people contributing to the struggle for their freedom. There will be no knights in shining armor in this case, just us and the support we are able to muster.

The five also need encouragement, expressions of solidarity with their refusal to cooperate, and letters of support. So far, responses along these lines have been disappointing. It’s not news that the five are mostly inexperienced and are not well known within our networks of affinity. And it’s possible that this is why they were targeted. But we cannot let these be the reasons we do not support them. They may not be a friend of a friend, maybe no one you know can vouch for them, but so far they have stood up to the State with courage and integrity—one of them, Connor, has even gone on hunger strike to protest the conditions of his imprisonment—and it’s time they get some unambiguous expressions of solidarity in return.

We all know the risks of not supporting fringe anarchists in moments of intense repression—when people feel alone they are more likely to snitch or to look to reactionary belief systems for solace. While they are remaining uncooperative with the government at this point, the future is very uncertain if they do not get more support than they are getting.

Please see the legal update and the individual updates below and take a minute to send a book or a zine or to drop a line on these comrades.

Legal update:
The five are being charged with “Use or Attempted Use of Explosive Materials” and “Conspiracy.” They have been incarcerated since May 1st and four of them are being held in a private prison in Youngstown, Ohio. The fifth, Doug Wright, is being held at the county jail in Trumbull County in Warren, Ohio.

On June 15th, a “motion for detention” was signed by the judge in the case, preventing supporters from bonding them out before trial. The judge in their case seems to be tough and unsympathetic and is refusing requests for continuance by the lawyers. Although they have not had nearly enough time to prepare an adequate defense, the judge continues to insist that the trial will begin in early September. Although it is extremely unlikely to happen, it demonstrates the added pressure the five and their lawyers are under.

As of now, Connor, Brandon, Anthony and Josh are being held at a private prison in Youngstown, Ohio called the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center [http://www.NOCC.com/facility/northeast-ohio-correctional-center/], run by the Corrections Corporation of America.

Doug is currently being held the Trumbull County Jail [http://www.co.trumbull.oh.us/tc_sheriff.html] in Warren, Ohio. The four being held at NOCC are in solitary confinement (23 hours of lock down a day with one hour of “recreation” in a small outdoor cage), can make phone calls only once every fifteen days and are permitted one legal call per day. Despite these rules, no one has been consistently able to make calls as their requests are repeatedly ignored. They are allowed two visits per week, but they are only twenty minutes long and visitors have to check in by 7am.

Individual updates:
Brandon is incarcerated at NOCC where he is cell mates with his co-defendant Tony. Because the two are together, they seem to be doing well emotionally. He is in need of a decent legal dictionary, any criminal defense books, and would like to be sent news articles that are being printed about the five. He’s spending time documenting the case and doing legal research as much as possible given the restrictions. He really wants letters and visitors.

Tony is doing well emotionally and wants letters and visits. He is cellmates with Brandon at NOCC. He is working hard doing research to prepare for his case and has really offered a lot of emotional support to Brandon and Connor, elping them stay strong.

Josh’s situation is potentially the most urgent. He is having a very hard time mentally and emotionally and is getting very little support or outside contact. He is also, for unknown reasons, not allowed to have any contact whatsoever with the other three comrades at NOCC. He has a history of mental health issues that have already been made public in the case, and which are not be effectively addressed by his captors. He is not getting adequate nutrition, is losing weight and feels constantly hungry. He usually does not take the hour of rec. available to him because he is too physically weak. He is in urgent need of support and letters.

Connor is in high spirits and is looking forward to working with the new lawyer. He continues to be frustrated with the limitations of visitation and phone use and, sometime in June, went on hunger strike to protest these conditions. He is clear in his commitment to not cooperating with the government. He is also incarcerated at NOCC where he can sometimes have contact with Brandon and Tony.

Doug is being held at Trumbull County Jail in Warren, Ohio where his lawyer requested he be transferred in hopes of improving his conditions. Like Josh, he is totally disconnected from any contact with his co-defendants and feels very isolated. His lawyer has been urging him to take a plea, but so far he’s remaining strong. He’s getting very little support or outside contact and has no support from his family. He is usually out of touch because of the conditions of his incarceration and lack of support and usually has no idea what’s going on about the case, when court dates are, etc. He is also suffering from lack of sufficient food and is also dealing with harassment from guards.

Please write to them at:
Last Name, First Name
ID #, NEOCC
2240 Hubbard Rd
Youngstown, OH 44505

Here are their ID numbers:

Stevens, Connor # 57978060
Baxter, Brandon #57972060
Hayne, Anthony #57975060f
Stafford, Joshua #57976060

You can write to Doug at:

Douglas L. Wright**
150 High Street
Warren, OH 44481

*Letters must be in pre-stamped envelopes from the Post Office. No glitter/sparkles/confetti/stickers/etc. Plain lined or unlined paper is acceptable. Photos are okay.

**Please be sure to include Doug’s middle initial, L., when addressing letters to him as there are two Douglas Wrights at Trumbull County Jail in Warren.

A note on security: As we know, all our letters to these comrades will be read, photocopied, and maybe even mailed to the FBI field office in our city. Therefore, we should be aware of what we write, the address we write from, and the name we use. Please, do not mention the facts of the case, anything at all illegal, or anything you do not want the FBI to know. Please write to them simply to show them they are not alone, and that you are thinking about them. Send them an article you think they might like, or a poem, picture, drawing, etc. We should know the risks, but not let them deter us from supporting our friends.

Donations to Legal Fund

If you would like to make donations via check or money order, please make the check out to Conveyor Belt Collective, who is handling our donations.

Send checks to:
Cleveland 5 Justice
P.O. Box 602117
Cleveland, OH 44102

Please separate any donations over $3000 into multiple contributions.

Your identity will be kept confidential unless you would prefer otherwise. Thanks so much, your help is greatly appreciated!

For more info and updates about their case, check out their support group’s site at cleveland5justice.org
To read the affidavit in the case check out
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/01-4

https://denverabc.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/update-on-the-cleveland-5/#more-6851


Write letters to anarchist and anti-fascist prisoners of Moscow!

Kharchenko Igor Olegovich
FKU SIZO-2 UFSIN Rossii po g. Moskve
ul. Novoslobodskaya d. 45
127055 Moskva Russia

Igor was arrested in September 2011. He is accused of having participated in a fight on the 4th of July 2010, during which the audience of a punk hardcore concert dispersed a band of nationalists, who had come in order to kill and maim concert guests. Igor, however, did not take part in the fight – plenty of those present at the concert have given testimony, that during the fight Igor was performing in the concert. The whole case against Igor relies exclusively
on the testimony of failed “race warriors”, V. Sumin and V. Zhidousouv.

The true reason for the arrest of Kharchenko is an attempt by Moscow investigators to take revenge on their failure to jail anyone for the action by anti-fascists against the Khimki city administration on the 28th of July 2010.  Igor’s co-accused is Denis Solopov, one of the “Khimki hostages”, who has received refugee status in Western Europe after UNCHR recognised, that the police investigation on the Khimki case was carried out with various violations,  for example confessions gained through use of torture. Moscow investigators ignored the fact, that during this fight Solopov was in Turkey, which is confirmed by the stamps in his passport, and plenty of eye-witnesses.

The investigation also attempts to indict Kharchenko for “organising of an extremist community,” according to statute 282.1 of the Russian criminal codex.

More on the case against Kharchenko:
http://avtonom.org/en/people/igor-kharchenko

Butyrka prison has also a form, which you may use in order to send letters:
http://wr1.fsin-service.ru/Letter-Client/main.html#new_letter
However, this form is only in Russian and paying for the service (minimal payment is around 1.20 euros) requires either a Russian bank account or account in some internet payment system, common in Russia (such as yandex.dengi or webmoney). In form, you must indicate year of
birth of Kharchenkio – 1991.

Sutuga Alexey Vladimirovich
FKU SIZO-2 UFSIN Rossii po g. Moskve
ul. Novoslobodskaya d. 45
127055 Moskva Russia

Alexey Sutuga has been a member of Autonomous Action since the early 2000s. He was first active in Irkutsk and then in Moscow. He participated in every single major campaign of the anarchist movement in the past ten years, and supported the journal Avtonom. In 2007, he joined the ecological protest camp against uranium enrichment in city of Angarsk in Siberia, which was assaulted by nationalists in the early morning hours. Ilya Borodaenko from Nahodka of Pacific Ocean was murdered there, and a number of other visitors of the camp were seriously wounded.

Alexey was arrested on the evening of 17th of April, and has been in remand prison since then. He, together with Alexey Olesinov, is accused of having taken part in an incident in the Moscow club “Vozdukh”, where on 17th of December, during a punk-hardcore concert, a conflict between the audience and the security took place. The club security, consisted of supporters of the far right, and were provoking guests. Due to the conflict, the concert was stopped prematurely, but the security attempted to take some guests hostage, threatening them with punishment from their friends – nationalist football hooligans. Concert guests resisted, the security opened fire with rubber coated metal bullets, but soon the concert-goers gained the upper hand and the security was neutralised and sent to the hospital.

More on the case of the Moscow prisoners: http://avtonom.org/en/mda

The Butyrka prison also has a form which can be used in order to send letters:
http://wr1.fsin-service.ru/Letter-Client/main.html#new_letter
However, this form is only in Russian and paying for this service (minimal payment is around 1.20 euros) requires either a Russian bank account or an account with some internet payment system, common in Russia  (such as yandex.dengi or webmoney). In the form, you must indicate year of birth of Sutuga – – 1986.

Full list of prisoners in former Soviet Union by Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow:

http://wiki.avtonom.org/en/index.php/Category:Prisoners_in_former_Soviet_Union
Source: http://avtonom.org/en/news/write-letters-anarchist-and-anti-fascist-prisoners-moscow


Political Prisoners Whose Birthdays are in June

Political Prisoners whose birthdays are in June. From http://prisonbooks.info/

Send a birthday card to these political prisoners. It’s an easy way to help remind these freedom fighters that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it.
We also recommend that you put  name and address and their name prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list, email us at ppbirthday@riseup.net. Brought to you with love by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective

RAMON SALAZAR (Luís Medina) June 9, 1963
#58734-004
FCI Jesup
2680 301 South
Jesup, GA 3159
Ramon is one of The Cuban Five, five Cuban men who are in U.S. prison, serving four
life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being convicted in 2001. They were falsely
accused by the U.S. government of committing espionage against the U.S. But the five
argued compellingly that they were involved in monitoring the actions of Miami-based
terrorist groups, in order to prevent terrorist attacks on their country of Cuba. For
more than 40 years, anti-Cuba terrorist organizations based in Miami have engaged in countless terrorist
activities against Cuba, and against anyone who advocates a normalization of relations between the U.S. and
Cuba. (Address envelope to Lu.s Medina III, address card to Ram.n Laba.ino Salazar)
www.thecuban5.org

SEKOU ODINGAJune 14, 1944
09-A-3775
Shawangunk Correctional Facility
750 Prison Road
Wallkill, NY 12589-0750
Imprisoned for actions carried out in the fight for Black Liberation.
In 1965 Sekou joined the Organization for Afro American Unity,
founded by Malcolm X. In early 1968 he helped build the Bronx
Black Panther Party. In January 1969 Sekou joined the Black
Liberation Army. He remained underground partaking in
revolutionary clandestine activity for 12 years until his capture. He was charged with 6 counts of attempted
murder of police, 9 predicate acts of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization, including the
liberation of Assata Shakur from prison and expropriation of an armored truck. He is serving consecutive
25-life state time and a 40 year federal sentence.
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DELBERT ORR AFRICAJune 21, 1951
AM4985 / Drawer K
SCI Dallas
1000 Follies Road
Dallas, PA 18612
Delbert Africa is one of the people who make up the MOVE 9. There are
currently eight MOVE activists in prison each serving 100 years after been
framed for the murder of a cop in 1979. The 9th defendant, Merle Africa,
died in prison in 1998. MOVE is an eco-revolutionary group dedicated to
liberation struggles.
www.onamove.com

ABDUL MAJIDJune 25, 1949
83A0483
Elmira Correctional Facility
PO Box 500, 1879 Davis St
Elmira, New York 14902-0500
As a direct result of his Black Panther Party membership, Abdul was
hunted, captured, framed and convicted of the 1981 murder and
attempted murder of two police officers in St. Albans, Queens. Over a
five-year period, Abdul was tried three times for this incident, the main
witness being a man who was hypnotized by the police. The first two trials
the jury was deadlocked and the government was unable to successfully convict him. A racially stacked jury in
the third trial returned a guilty verdict and sentenced him to 33⅓ years to life.
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THOMAS MANNING June 28, 1946
10373-016
FMC Butner
Federal Medical Center
P.O. BOX 1600
Butner, NC 27509
In 1971, Tom became active in political organizing, particularly with a Portland,
Maine group known as SCAR. Much of this work centered around working
with prisoners, ex-prisoners and their loved ones. Through this work and
the study required to do it effectively, class contradictions became very clear to
Tom. Eventually these realities lead him to become active in the armed clandestine
movement. First in the 70s with the Sam Melville/Jonathan Jackson Unit,
and later in the 80s in the United Freedom Front. The armed anti-imperialist and anti racist activities of
these organizations lead to a massive seven year hunt by all federal state and local authorities in the north
eastern US. This hunt ended in his capture and Tom is now serving a double life, plus multiple sentences.
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