List of Prisoners
These are prisoners who would like to receive letters and support:
(last checked and updated December 2016)
PRISONERS IN THE UK & N. IRELAND
Debbie Vincent: In April 2014, Debbie was sentenced to six years in prison followed by a five year ASBO for “conspiracy to blackmail,” in relation to the campaign to close down the notorious animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences.
ADDRESS: A5819DE, Debbie Vincent, HMP SEND, Ripley Road, Woking, Surrey, GU23 7LJ [address correct as of December 2016]
For more information about the case see the article on London ABC website here: Debbie Vincent sentenced to 6 years in prison
Birthday: 12th January
Tony Taylor: Taylor was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1994 after he was seriously injured in a premature explosion in Derry. An IRA(P) POW he was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. In 2011, he was then sentenced to three years behind bars for possession of a rifle in a case that made history by using covert surveillance evidence gathered by a drone. Tony is currently politically interned at Maghaberry Prison since in March 2016, on the instructions of the then Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.
ADDRESS: Tony Taylor, HMP Maghaberry, Old Rd, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn BT28 2PT, Ireland.
Update on Free Tony Taylor campaign website
John Bowden: convicted in 1982 for a brutal murder, has spent his entire adult life in prison. Politicised by his incarceration he’s regularly paid the price for his resistance through long periods of isolation, beatings and treatment amounting to torture. He has never been broken and is one of the UK’s most articulate and vociferous prison writers and a powerful advocate of prisoner’s rights.
ADDRESS: John Bowden, A5026DM, HMP Swaleside, Brabazon Road, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, ME12 4AX. [Updated: 08/09/16]
Writings by John Bowden: http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/johnbowden.html
Justice for the Craigavon Two: Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton were convicted for the killing of a PSNI Officer in the North of Ireland in 2012. The case has been supported as a miscarriage of justice by high profile campaigners, legal experts & human rights activists. The prosecution used discredited witnesses, inconclusive forensics, and tampered evidence to secure a conviction that does not stand up to scrutiny. Security services destroyed evidence, intimidated witnesses and defence lawyers.
ADDRESS: Brendan McConville / John Paul Wootton, Roe 4, Maghaberry Prison, Old Road, Ballinderry Upper, LISBURN, BT28 2PT, N.Ireland [address correct as of September 2016]
Kevan Thakrar: wrongly convicted of murder and attempted murder in 2008 using multiple hearsay evidence under ‘joint enterprise’, the legal rule which means that any member of a group can be convicted of a crime, regardless of whether they played any role in it. Kevan wasn’t present when the murder took place, but he was sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years in jail. He was aged just 20.
ADDRESS: A4907AE, HMP Wakefield, 5 Love Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 9AG, UK [address correct as of September 2016]
Brighton ABC also have a page of writings by and about Kevan: http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/kevantharar.html
Yusef Asad: unjustly sentenced to two and a half years in Prison for defending himself from racists attacking a Palestine March in Cardiff in July 2014. He received the heaviest sentence despite only responding as racists at a pub started the violence throwing bottles, glasses and chairs at the demonstrators, who included young families.
Yusef Asad – A4424DD, Huntercombe Prison, Nuffield, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG0 5SB [address correct as of September 2016 – Yusef is due to be released in October 2016]
PRISONERS IN EUROPE
BELARUS: Note that you can send prisoners letters via Belarus ABC website here: http://abc-belarus.org/?page_id=579&lang=en. Letters written to prisoners directly in languages other than Belarusian or Russian may not reach the person. If you use the ABC online page, the group will translate, print and send for you.
Brest Anti-fascists Arrests: Late on the evening of May 8, 2014, in Brest, Belarus a fight between anti-fascists and neo-Nazis took place. The reason for the fight was a nazi provocation. One of the nazi began raising his hand in Roman salute and shouting “Zieg Heil” and “White Power”. Except that the anti-fascists were better skilled in fighting, so one of the nazis ended up hospitalised. In October 2015 Antifascists were tried under the art. 339.3 (malicious group hooliganism) and 147.2 (malicious bodily harm). The case was qualified as malicious due to the fact of pepper spray usage in the fight. Dzmitry Stsyashenka got 5 years of penal colony with reinforced regime (339.3) and 500 euro of damages to be paid to the injured nazis. Roman Bogdan got 8 years of penal colony with reinforced regime (339.3, 147.2) and 3500 euro of damages to be paid to the injured nazis. Another antifascist (full name not disclosed) got 5 years of penal colony with reinforced regime (339.3) and 500 euro of damages to be paid to the injured nazis. It should be pointed out that in 2014 Dzmitry Zvan’ko was sentenced to 5 years of prison for the same account. Dzmitry Stsyashenka is serving another sentence of 4 years at the moment.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2015: On December 15 a regional appellate court have commuted the sentence of two Brest antifascists, convicted on charges of participating in a mass fight with neonazis that took place on May 8, 2013. The new sentence of Dzmitry Stsyashenka is 3 years and of Roman Bogdan – 6 years of penal colony. The sentence was commuted by two years for each prisoner, most probably because they had paid the damage to the injured neonazi (all in all about 3500 euros). Almost half of it was paid by their relatives. If you still want to support the families and make a financial contribution, do so using paypal firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for the bank account using the same e-mail address.
UPDATE: 1st JUNE 2016: Dzmitry Zvan’ko has been released on parole. All in all he spent 3 years in jail.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 24, 2016: Dzmitry Stsyashenka released. Roman Bogdan remains inside.
ADDRESS: Roman Bogdan, 213010 Shklov, p. Molodezhnyj, IK-17, otryad 12, Mogilevskaya obl. Belarus
Maxim Yahnieshka: an antifascist from Grodno. On September 7 he was sentenced to 3 years of custodial restraint for a fight with right-wing hooligans (art. 186 Threat of homicide, malicious bodily harm or property destruction) and for robbing another hooligan of his hat (art. 206.2 Robbery with threat of violence + art. 339.1 Hooliganism).
It all started on April 1, 2015, when Maxim got beaten up by a right-wing gang so hard, that he had to call the ambulance. Doctors saw multiple bodily injuries and called cops. Cops wanted to start a case on the account, trying to make Maxim make a statement against the perpetrators, but when he refused, they found the hooligans using surveillance cameras and made then accuse Maxim of other conflicts that happened before. Maxim changed his status from a victim to the accused.
On November 17, 2016 the higher court ruled to leave the sentence unchanged.
ADDRESS: not yet released – check http://abc-belarus.org/?p=7161&lang=en for updates
Vlad Lenko: Arrested for a fight with neo nazis in December 2014. Vlad, an Anti-fascist from Ivatsevichy, is charged under Art 339.2 (Hooliganism in a group of people.) and 147.2 (Causing grievous bodily harm.) The court sentenced Vlad to a six year period of imprisonment in a maximum security colony. a large amount of money is needed to appeal the verdict, as it stays hopeful that the sentence can be reduced by half. Money is also needed to aid him in paying off the ordered compensation of €1000 to the victim.
Fundraising WebMoney: $ Z418615316084 / € E146518161935
European bank account: ask
ADDRESS: 211300 Vitebskaya obl., Vitebskiy rajon, Vitba, IK-3, BELARUS, Lenko Vlad Igorevich [address correct December 2016]
Jock Palfreeman: Set up by the Bulgarian police and criminal justice system after he stepped in to stop an attack on a young Roma in December 2007.
ADDRESS: Jock Palfreeman, Sofia Central Prison, 21 General Stoletov Boulevard, Sofia 1309, BULGARIA [address correct as of December 2016]
Kara Wild: an artist, comrade and resilient force of nature, currently being detained in France for her alleged participation in a protest against draconian labor reforms and police repression. She is a trans woman and is currently being held in a men’s jail. She is also a U.S. citizen and has been denied bond because French authorities consider her a flight risk.
ADDRESS: BRAULT, David (Kara) #428682, MAH de Fleury, 7 Ave des Peupliers, 91705, Fleury Merogis, Cedex, FRANCE
Book wish list: https://amzn.com/w/1M8N056FFAA
Thomas Meyer-Falk: imprisoned in Germany since 1996, sentenced for a bank robbery by means of which it was planned to organise money for political projects. Since 8th July 2013 the state has been keeping Thomas in Preventative Detention, based on a Nazi-law from 1933 which allows the state to keep someone behind bars after they have completed their sentence.
ADDRESS: Thomas Mayer-Falk c/o JVA Freiburg, Hermann-Herder-Str. 8, D 79104 Freiburg, Germany [address correct as of December 2016]
Valentin: accused of having taken part in the violent clashes at „Verdener Eck“ after the football match between SV Werder Bremen and the HSV. That day Nazi Hooligans from Bremen attacked a group of antifascist Ultras. The clash ended in violent confrontations between the two groups. Even though the events took place after a football match, and football fans are affected, this is not about football riots! The altercation had a political background. The hooligans attacked the Ultras since they believed them to be left winged antifascists. Since his arrest Valentin is in custody awaiting trial. At a press conference on July 2nd the police presented him to be the „prime suspect“ in the case. He is accused of aggravated battery and severe breach of the peace (schwerer Landfriedensbruch). The police made clear that Valentin is going to be held as an example against political violence.
POSTBOX: Infoladen Bremen, C/O Valentin, St-Pauli-Str. 10-12, 28203 Bremen, Germany
Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire Prisoners: Most of the CCF prisoners are currently involved in a series of new trials dealing with the 250 bombings and arsons between 2008 and 2011 alleged against the organisation (including attacks on the Golden Dawn’s offices, the Athens Administrative Court, and Koridallos prisons), as well as the sending of a series of 14 parcel bombs. All are also under investigation concerning the ‘Phoenix’ project and the ‘Operation Ardire’ case.
Haris Hatzimichelakis / Panayiotis Argyrou / Damiano Bolano / Giorgos Nikolopoulos / Michalis Nikolopoulos / Christos Tsakalos / Giorgos Polydoras / Gerasimos Tsakalos / Theofilos Mavropoulos
Dikastiki Filaki A Pteryga, Koridallos, TK 18110, Athens, Greece
Olga Economidou, Central women’s prison, TK 18110, Koridallos, Athens, Greece.
# NB: Prisoners held in the new ‘special wings’ and C Type prisons in Greece have severe restrictions place upon their communications. Phone calls are all monitored and mail is subjected to censorship and your letters may not reach the intended recipient.
Giorgos Karagiannidis and Alexandros Mitrousias: They deny being members of the Cells of Fire. Giorgos and Alexandros were both tried in the so-called “Halandri case” and sentenced to 20 years and 11 years in prison respectively. They are currently on trial for the “Nea Smyrni case” (on charges of forming an “unnamed terrorist organisation”) and are facing further Cells of Fire-related charges. Here is a link to a statement from 2013.
ADDRESS: Giorgos Karagiannidis / Alexandros Mitrousias
Dikastiki Filaki A Pteryga, Koridallos, TK 18110, Athens, Greece. [Updated 12/04/13]
Nikos Romanos, Andreas Bourzoukos, Giannis Mihailidis, Dimitris Politis, Foivos Harisis and Argyris Dalios: Nikos, Andreas, Giannis and Dimitris were arrested after a car chase on 01/02/2013 after the double robbery at a branch on National Post office and at a branch of Agriculture Bank, in Venvento, Kozani. Foivos Ηarisis and Argyrhs Dalios were arrested on 20/04/2013 in Nea Filadelphia, Athens and are also accused for the robbery. All six are also accused of being members of CCF, something that both they and CCF deny. The comrades were sentenced for committing the double robbery but were acquitted of participarion in the CCF. More specificaly the sentences are: G. Mihailidis: 16 years, 4 months and 10 days / N. Romanos: 15 years and 10 months / A. D. Bourzoukos, A. Dalios and F. Harisis: 15 years and 11 months / D. Politis: 11 years and 5 months [updated 11/07/2013]
Nikos Romanos, Court prison of Koridallos – E section, Τ.Κ. 18110, Koridallos, Athens, Greece
Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos / Giannis Mihailidis / Dimitris Politis / Foivos Harisis / Argyris Ntalios
Court prison of Koridallos – D section, Τ.Κ. 18110, Koridallos, Athens, Greece
For more information, including writings from the prisoners see https://interarma.info/en/
Spyros Mandylas: a member of Anarchist Squat Nadir, in Thessaloniki. He was arrested in 11/07/2013 and he was initially prosecuted for all acts of the “Phoenix” Project, that happened in Greece but now he faces charges only for the 4th act and for allegedly being part of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire. He has been released after the end of the 18-month pre-trial detention that was imposed om him concerning the “Phoenix” project case but he was arrested again on 10/03/2015 after his sentencing (without him being present in the trial) to 7 years of imprisonment and a 5.000 euro fine about the case “Thessaloniki squats” which concerns some ruptures within anarcist circles of Thessaloniki in 2012. [updated 13/07/2013]
ADDRESS: Spyros Mandylas, Dikastiki Filaki Korydallou – Α’ Pteriga, T.K. 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece
For more information including writings by Spyros see https://interarma.info/en/
Tasos Theofilou: Anarchist communist Tasos Theofilou has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in connection with an armed robbery in Paros on 10/8/2012 during which a taxi driver, Dimitri Micha, was killed. He was found guilty of two felony charges: participating in a robbery with his physical characteristics covered, and being an abettor in manslaughter committed in a calm mental state. He was also convicted of three misdemeanors: carrying a firearm, forgery (accusation relating to vehicles of the robbers), and accepting the proceeds of crime (the getaway car of the robbers). However, he was found not guilty of membership of a terrorist organisation (namemly C.C.F.), possession of explosives and ordnance, forgery of five identification cards, use of a firearm, and two attempted homicides. The verdicts were based solely on a single piece of ‘evidence’, DNA from a hair allegedly found on a hat that had supposedly been dropped by the fleeing robbers. None of the eye witnesses recognised Theofilou and the court itself found that he was not a member of the organisation that prosecutors accused of having been involved in the robbery i.e. C.C.F.. [Updated: 11/02/14]
ADDRESS: Tasos Theofilou, Dikastiki Filaki A Pteryga, Koridallos, TK 18110, Athens, Greece.
Genoa 10: Activists sentenced on 13/07/12 for crimes of “devastation and looting” during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001. 2 remain imprisoned: Marina is serving 12yrs 3mnths and Gimmy is serving 14yrs.
Marina Cugnaschi c/o Seconda Casa Di Reclusione Di Milano – Bollate – Via Cristina Belgioioso 120 – 20157 Milan
Write to Gimmy: Francesco Puglisi – Casa Circondariale di Roma Rebibbia – G9 – cella 9 – piano 2 – sezione c – Nuovo Complesso in Via Raffaele Majetti, 70 – 00156 Roma
website is here in Italian: www.10×100.it
Nicola Gai and Alfredo Cospito: arrested on 14th September 2012 and accused of shooting of Roberto Adinolfi, CEO of the nuclear energy company Ansaldo Nucleare, in the knees – an action carried out by Olga/FAI/FRI nucleus on 7th May 2012. During their first trial on October 30, 2013, they admitted their part in the shooting but were prevented from reading out their statements on their behalf. At their sentencing hearing on November 12 2013, Alfredo was given ten years and 8 months in prison and Nicola 9 years and 4 months for attack with the purpose of terrorism (under article 280 of the Italian penal code), in addition to reato ostativo (impediment of access to prison benefits, house arrest, semi-custodial regime, etc. given that terrorist purposes were recognized by the court). In early May 2015, the Supreme Court decided to reduce the sentences of comrades Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai. The final sentences are: Alfredo Cospito: 9 years, 5 months and 10 days (from 10 years and 8 months) Nicola Gai: 8 years, 8 months, 20 days (from 9 years and 4 months).
ADDRESS: Nicola Gai / Alfredo Cospito
C.C. Ferrara, Via dell’Arginone 327, ΙΤ-44122 Ferrara, Italy.
[Correct as of: 13/11/15]
Operation Piñata: Early afternoon on Wednesday 1st April, the judge of the Audiencia Nacional National High Court Eloy Velasco, remanded in prison 5 of the 15 individuals arrested on Monday 30th March during the police operation named Piñata. 24 others were arrested during the 17 raids, which took place in Madrid, Barcelona, Palencia and Granada, for “disobedience and resistance”, who were then subsequently released.
NAMES: Paul Jara Cevallos, Enrique Balaguer Pérez, and Javier Garcia Castro
ADDRESS: Centro Penitenciario Madrid V, Apdo. Correos 200 Colmenar Viejo, Madrid Codigo Postal 28770, Spain
for more information see HERE.
Joel Almgren: sentenced to 5 years and 6 months for defending a local community-organized anti-racist demonstration in the Kärrtorp area of Stockholm against a brutal nazi-attack on the 15th of December 2013. Locals of all sorts, including parents with their children, elderly and youth, gathered in their neighbourhood to show strength against a nazi organisation that had been attacking local anti-racists and spreading nazi propaganda in schools in the area. They gathered in a peaceful protest when they were attacked by the most militant nazi group in Sweden with knives, sticks and glass bottles. Anti-fascists at the scene defended the local families from the attack and were injured themselves. One of the anti-fascists got arrested by the police a few days later altough the anti-fascists did nothing but defend themselves.
ADDRESS: Joel Almgren, KVA Tidaholm, Skogsholmvägen, 522 85 Tidaholm [getting out on parole in 2017]
birthday: January 18th
Marco Camenisch: continuously incarcerated in Italy and Switzerland since 1991. Marco is an unrepentant green-anarchist revolutionary who has a history of political activism dating back to the 1970s. He was first detained in Switzerland in 1980 for sabotaging an electricity pylon and a power station but managed to escape from custody in 1981. After years on the run he was arrested in 1991 in Italy at a security checkpoint. He remained imprisoned in Italy until 2002. He was convicted among other things for militant direct actions against high voltage power lines. After finishing his sentence in Italy he was then extradited to Switzerland to finish the remainder of his original sentence. He was also convicted and sentenced for the murder of a Swiss border guard in 2002. Marco has repeatedly maintained his innocence of this charge.
ADDRESS: Marco Camenisch, PF 1, CH – 9465 Salez, Switzerland – updated November 2015
Osman Evcan: an anarchist prisoner who spent his last 23 years in prison. İn 1992 he was sentenced to 30 years in prison with the charges of being a member of a leftist terrorist group and robbery. He was also imprisoned for 9 years between 1980-1989. Since Osman adopted anarchist ideas in 2003, he also became vegan and supports animal liberation struggles. Osman Evcan is still in Kocaeli no 1 high security prison. The pressure against him continues to increase. After his hunger strike for 33 days on June 2015 he took vegan food supplies one step further and he gained the right to get vegan food from outside the prisons. The prison administration usurped this gain due to arbitrarily reasons. Osman Evcan continues his indefinite hunger strike since 10 November 2015.
ADDRESS: Osman Evcan, Kocaeli 1 Nolu F Tipi Cezaevi, A-7-21
Kandıra / KOCAELİ, TURKEY [address correct December 2015]
Matthew Paul DeHart: a former US soldier being held in a Canadian prison after seeking asylum from the US government for his work with Anonymous.
ADDRESS: Matthew Paul DeHart, #06813-036, FCI Ashland, Federal Correctional Instituion, P.O. Box 6001, Ashland, KY 41105 Please note letters must be less than 10 pages long. [address correct August 2016]
Contact Matt’s support group on mdhsupport[at]riseup[dot]net
Abdul Haqq: arrested by federal agents after his brother informed on him, Walter was sentenced on 11th Feb 2011 for burning down the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale, Colorado. On 14th Oct 2011, Walter was sentenced to a further 87 months in prison for the ALF arsons in Utah. This new sentencing will run consecutive with his time in Colorado. This gives Walter a total of 12 years for his actions as the ALF Lone Wolf. Address envelopes to Walter Edmund Bond and cards/letters to Abdul Haqq.
Walter Edmund Bond, 37096-013, FCI Greenville, PO Box 5000, Greenville IL 62246, USA [address correct as of January 2016]
Birthday: 16th April
Abdullah Majid: imprisoned for more than three decades. In the 1960s, Abdul worked in the Grassroots Advisory Council – an anti-poverty program – before joining the Black Panther Party (BPP), and then became a citizen of the Republic of New Afrika. Abdul was involved in many of the BPP’s community-based survival programs which included free health clinics, free breakfast for children, the fight to decentralize the NYC public schools and NYPD. For this reason, he was targeted by the FBI’s Cointelpro – counterintelligence – program, charged and convicted of murder and the attempted murder of a police officer. Abdul and his co-defendant, Basheer Hameed, were forced into three separate trials. The first trial ended in a hung jury – divided along racial lines; the second trial was declared a mistrial by the judge immediately after the jury acquitted Basheer of the murder charge; both were finally convicted in a third trial. Abdul was sentenced to 33 years to Life. Basheer Hameed made his Transition in prison in 2008. Abdul is in need of funds for his defence committee
ADDRESS: Abdul Majid #83-A-0483, Five Points Correctional Facility, 6600 State Route 96, Caller Box 119, Romulus, NY 14541, USA
Abdullah is in need of funds to pay for their legal defence and can be sent to ABDULLAH MAJID Freedom Campaign, PO Box 1274, Bronx, New York, 10467, USA or email info[at]abdullahmajid[dot]com
Alvaro Luna Hernandez: a community organiser from Texas. Police informants were used to monitor Alvaro’s organising activities in the barrio. They were told Alvaro was “typing legal papers,” “had many books” and was working on police brutality cases in Alpine. Alvaro was recognised nationally and internationally for his human rights work. He was sentenced in Texas on 9 June 1997 to 50 years in prison for defending himself by disarming a police officer who drew a weapon on him. The trial evidence indicated that Alvaro was the victim of witch-hunts and a police-orchestrated conspiracy to frame or eliminate him.
ADDRESS: Alvaro Luna Hernandez #255735, James V Allred Unit, 2101 FM 369 North, Iowa Park, TX 76367, USA
Bill Dunne: arrested in 1979 when he and Larry Giddings attempted to free fellow revolutionary Artie Ray Dufur. The two successfully freed Artie, but were arrested after an exchange of fire with police as they were fleeing the scene. Bill and Larry were charged with auto theft and aiding and abetting the escape, for which Bill received an 80-year federal prison sentence. In 1983, Bill attempted to escape prison and was sentenced to a further 15 years in prison. Bill spent seven and a half years in lockdown at the infamous maximum security Marion prison for his attempted prison break.
ADDRESS: Bill Dunne #10916-086, FCI Herlong, Post Office Box 800, Herlong, California 96113, USA [correct 11th January 2016]
Brian McCarvill: a radical social prisoner who successfully brought a lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Corrections, along with former political prisoner Robert Thaxton, challenging their censorship and rejection of anarchist publications. The lawsuit alleged that ODOC frequently censored radical materials (simply on the basis that they portrayed the Anarchist circle-A symbol, the Anarchist Black Cross symbol, the Anarchist Black Flag, and the terms “Anarchism” and “Anarchist”. He loves correspondence and writing letters and articles for publications.
ADDRESS: Brian McCarvill #11037967, Snake River CI, 777 Stanton Blvd, Ontario, OR 97914-8335
Brian V: Brian Vaillancourt was arrested in February 2013 in Chicago for allegedly trying to burn down a McDonald’s. In February 2013, he pleaded guilty and received a sentence of nine years.
Address: Brian Vaillancourt #M42889, Robinson Correctional, 13423 East 1150th Ave., Robinson, IL 62454, USA
the Cleveland 4: occupy Cleveland activists arrested on April 30th 2012 accused of plotting a series of bombings. The FBI worked with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives and co-oerced the four into participating. All were sentenced to between 8 and 11.5 years. March 2015 update: Brandon is moving to another prison soon.
Brandon Baxter, #57972-060, FCI Terre Haute, PO Box 33, Terre Haute, IN 47808
Connor Stevens, #57978-060, FCI Manchester, PO Box 4000, Manchester, KY 40962
Doug Wright,#57973-060, FCI Cumberland, PO Box 1000, Cumberland, MD 21501
Joshua Stafford, #57976-060, USP Tucson, P.O. BOX 24550, Tucson, AZ 85734, USA
[Addresses last checked/updated September 2016]
For information and wish-lists looky here: www.cleveland4solidarity.org
Dallas 6: After guards tortured fellow prisoner Isaac Sanchez in the torture chair overnight and threatened several Dallas 6 members with death, inmates Andre Jacobs, Carrington Keys, Duane Peter, Derrick Stanley, Anthony Locke and Anthony Kelly felt they could no longer suffer. Covering their cell door windows with bedding, the prisoners demanded that the abuse stop and requested access to their counsellors, state police, the District Attorney and the Public Defenders’ Office. They had no access to telephones or computers and their incoming and outgoing mail were being destroyed to undermine their ability to expose the corruption. In response, prison officials staged an armed assault against the unarmed men, who were all locked inside of their individual cells, viciously attacking them with electro-shock shields, tasers, their fists, and pepper-spray. While all of the guards involved in the incident admitted that they did not suffer any injuries, members of the Dallas 6 were left bloody, naked, with burnt skin and in pain. Following the assaults, hundreds of documents were generated, including specific claims of misconduct alleged against the Dallas 6. Not once was the word ‘riot’ mentioned. Four months later, after civil actions and other complaints were filed against prison guards and officials regarding the events, the prison, state police, and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office formed an alliance to bring criminal charges against the Dallas 6, now calling the incident a “riot”.
Carrington Keys #EF–4010, SCI Forest, 286 Woodland Drive, PO Box 945, Marienville, PA 16239-0307, USA
Duane Peter #FP–7306, SCI Mahanoy, 301 Morea Road, Frackville, PA 17932, USA
Anthony Locke #FJ–7018, SCI Retreat, 660 State Route 11, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621, USA
Anthony Kelley #EA–9612, SCI Chester, 500 E. Fourth Street, Chester, PA 19013, USA
Andre Jacobs, SCI Albion, 10745 Route 18, Albion, PA 16475-0001, USA
DaMonte Shipp aka Ceebo: LAPD shot his cousin and then framed him for speaking out. Anti-police violence activist and rapper sentenced to 17 years in November 2014 for a robbery. Ceebo’s cousin Ezell Ford was shot dead by LAPD officers in August 2014.
ADDRESS: Damonte Shipp, #AI-3342, Wasco state prison B-5/cell 107low, P.O. Box 5500, Wasco, CA, 93280, USA
For more information about Ceebo see this article, HERE.
Eric King: a vegan anarchist, was arrested and charged with an attempted 2014 firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO. Eric allegedly threw a hammer through a window of the building and then through two lit bottles inside, though both failed to ignite. Eric was identified as a suspect by local police because he had previously come under suspicion for anti-government and anti-police graffiti. Eric is allegedly involved with the the Kansas City Fight Back insurrectionist collective. Update February 2016: Eric is set to sign a non-cooperating plea deal to 10 years in prison on March 3rd.
NOTE from Eric’s supporters website: Here is Eric’s running amazon wishlist. Please remember all books must be sent paperback, and Eric reports to having receiving used books even though the CCA website says he can not. Additionally Eric loves science, space, art, boxing, nature and of course loves reading radical literature.
Address: Eric King #114522306, Grady County Jail, 215 N. 3rd St., Chickasha, OK 73018 *please note Eric is in the process of being moved again – check here for updates: https://prisonbooks.info/
Fergurson-related prisoners: This list was taken from Anti-State STL. To see the list and check for updates see here: https://antistatestl.noblogs.org/ferguson-related-prisoners/
What follows is a list of people who were arrested and imprisoned during the Ferguson rebellions. Their charges, sentences, the particulars of their cases vary widely, as do their interpretations of the events in Ferguson and their participation or alleged participation in those events. We present the information below in hopes of linking up these prisoners with those on the outside who might be interested in writing to them or finding other ways of supporting them during their time in prison.There is a fund to raise money for these prisoners as well as other Ferguson-related prisoners who did not want their information listed here but still deserve our support. This money will be used to send commissary to these folks during their incarceration.Although everyone on this list has given permission for their information to be shared in this way, the presence of their information here in no way indicates that they hold any particular political viewpoint.
*Please note that some of these people are still pre-trial. If you wish to write to these folks, please see the note below. Addresses are subject to change for some of the people and there’s a potential that more people will be added to the list. If this happens, we will be sure to update the list.
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Alexander Irwin: facing burglary charges associated with being accused of looting at the Dellwood Market during the riots in August, 2014. He is currently serving a sentence in Illinois on unrelated charges.
*Please note that this person is pre-trial. Please write with care and see below for details.
ADDRESS: Alexander Irwin #S1663, Centralia Correctional Center, P.O. Box 7711, Centralia, IL 62801
Birthday: September 5th
Steven Martin: facing a second degree burglary charge, falsely accused of looting a Foot Locker on the night of August 10th, 2014.
*Please note that this person is pre-trial. Please write with care and see below for details.
ADRESS: Steven Martin #2015017284 // St. Louis County Jail, P.O. Box 16060, Clayton, Missouri 63105
Birthday: September 22nd
Robert Stephenson: sentenced to 18 months for looting a Toys ‘R’ Us on the night of August 10th, 2014.
ADDRESS: Robert Stephenson #1140630 // MECC, 18701 Old Highway 66, Pacific, MO 63069
Birthday: October 31
Jeffrey Williams: accused of the shooting of two St. Louis County police officers during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Station on March 12, 2015.
*Please note that this person is pre-trial. Please write with care and see below for details.
ADDRESS: Jeffrey Williams #2015005627 // St. Louis County Jail, P.O. Box 16060, Clayton, Missouri 63105, USA
Birthday: March 30th
Jermaine Parker: sentenced to 14 years for shooting a firearm out of a car in protest during the night of the November 24th in south St. Louis.
ADDRESS: Jermaine Parker #1185800 // MECC, 18701 Old Highway 66. Pacific, MO 63069, USA
Birthday: October 15
Dakota Moss: sentenced to 14 years for stealing guns for people to use during the non-indictment riots in November 2014.
ADDRESS: Dakota Moss #11400-025 // FCI Mendota. Federal Correctional Institution. P.O. Box 9. Mendota, CA, 93640, USA
Birthday: July 17th
Josh Williams: sentenced on December 10th, 2015 to 8 years in prison for trying to burn down a Quik Trip during a demonstration in Berkeley, MO on Christmas Eve, 2014 that was held in response to the police murder of Antonio Martin.
ADDRESS: Josh Williams #1292002 // E.R.D.C.C., 2727 Highway K. Bonne Terre, MO 63628, USA
Birthday: November 25
*Some of these people are pre-trial, which means that the legal outcome of their cases can still be strongly impacted by their actions as well as by ours. Please write to these people only with the utmost care.
Do not discuss any illegal activity or ask, comment on or speculate about the particulars of their cases or about any actions they may or may not have taken to lead to the accusations against them. Please do not send these prisoners any inflammatory political material or do anything else that may draw negative attention to them.
Our letters, engagement, relationship-building, words of encouragement and care are the best way we can express our solidarity for those who are pre-trial.
Fran Thompson: Serving life plus 10 years for killing a man in self-defense after he violently entered her home. Before her imprisonment, Fran was an eco, animal & anti-nuke campaigner and it is believed this biased the court against her.
Address: Fran Thompson, #1090915, CCC, 3151 Litton Drive, Chillicothe, MO 64601, USA [address last checked January 2016]
Birthday: 4th January
Herman Bell: a member of the Black Liberation Army, was captured in September 1973 and extradited to New York on charges of having killed two New York City police officers– a case for which Jalil Muntaquim and Nuh Washington were already serving time. No witnesses were able to put Herman at the scene of the crime. The first trial ended in a hung jury but Herman was convicted at his second trial and given a sentence of 25 years to life. Most recently, Herman was indicted as one of the San Francisco 8, 8 former Black Panthers all accused of murdering a police officer in San Francisco in the 1970’s. Herman pleaded guilty to a smaller offence and was not given any additional time to his sentence.
ADDRESS: Herman Bell, #79C0262, Great Meadow Correctional Facility, 11739 State Route 22, P.O. Box 51, Comstock, New York 12821-0051, USA
Email for Herman’s supporters group: FreeHermanBell@gmail.com
Jason Hammond: arrested outside his home in July 2013, a year after the anti-fascist action that the Tinley Park 5 served time for. He was charged with armed violence and mob action, the same as the other 5 anti-fascists. His indictment states the Tinley Park Police were given a report from the FBI stating that they had identified them from DNAgathered at the scene and a surveillance video from the restaurant where the fascist meeting was shut down. He took a non-cooperating plea agreement on January 22, 2015 and will serve 3.5 years.
ADDRESS: Jason Hammond, M50190, P.O. Box 500, Vandalia, IL 62471, USA [address checked January 2016]
Jeremy Hammond: a member of the hacktivist network Anonymous and a gifted computer programer. He is currently spending a decade in prison for allegedly disclosing information about the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), revealing that they had been spying on human rights defenders at the behest of corporations and governments. Since his arrest in March of 2012, Jeremy has been cut off from his friends and family, and punished with extensive stays in solitary confinement
Address: Jeremy Hammond, #18729-424, FCI Manchester, PO Box 4000, Manchester, KU 40962, USA [address correct January 2016]
Justin Solondz: sentenced to 7 Years in prison for part in arson from 2001, after being on the run and then later in custody in China for a non-activism offence. He was accused of actions under the Earth Liberation Front/Animal Liberation Front. Briana Waters, his former comrade and friend turned informant.
ADDRESS: Justin Solondz #98291-011, FCI Loretto, Post Office Box 1000, Loretto, Pennsylvania 15940, USA
Kevin and Tyler: Kevin Olliff (aka Kevin Johnson) and Tyler Lang were indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for allegedly releasing—and conspiring to release—about 2,000 mink and foxes from Midwest fur farms. They were arrested during the summer of 2013 and took non-cooperating plea deals on state charges of “possession of burglary tools.” Then almost a year later, they were indicted on federal AETA charges. During the summer of 2015, Kevin and Tyler entered into a non-cooperating plea agreements through which they plead guilty to violating the AETA. Kevin was sentenced to 36 months and has now been released from prison and moved into a halway house in May 2016. Tyler was sentenced to 3 months of time served, plus 6 months on home detention and 6 months in a halfway house.
ADDRESS: Tyler can now receive mail at the halfway house, so send him a letter or card to let him know he has continued support! You can mail it to him at: Tyler Lang, 11112 Barclay Drive, Garden Grove, CA 92841, USA
Kyle Peterson: a trans man, who was born and lived in Southern Georgia. On October 28th 2011, Ky was a victim of a viscious sexual assault by a total stranger who happened upon him as he was walking home from a convenience store. During the attack Ky fought back against his attacker and accidentally caused a lethal wound to the attacker. Ky was arrested for murder, but was not treated for his injuries. At his 1st appearance, he pleaded Not Guilty with a Sumter County Public Defender. After that, he was returned to the county jail where he sat for a year with no word from a single person about his case. 1 year later, a public defender appeared and offered Ky a plea “bargain” of 20 years with 15 years to serve.
Address: Kenyota Peterson #100961001, Pulaski State Prison (E-6), P.O.Box 839. Hawkinsville, Ga. 3103, USA [address last checked January 2016]
BEFORE WRITING TO KY PLEASE NOTE: Ky’s support group has specifically asked for no profanity, no photos, no pornography or sexually explicit comments, no political statements like “fuck the system” or “down with the man” or “to hell with prisons” or “fuck the cops” or “we gonna bust you outta jail”, no explicit language about building a movement to get him out (he already knows this), no empty pages or extra blank pages, no stamps or envelopes can be included, no direct questions about his case, no legal information and no information about another person locked up in prison. What he would like to receive: always put a return address on the envelope or postcard (otherwise the prison will not give it to Ky), we love you, we are in solidarity with you, a story about how this is relevant to you, anything uplifting and supportive, drawings, poems, updates on current events and trans related info (things you think he may find interesting)
You can send donations via paypal to: ms.ky.peterson[at]gmail[dot]com
Leonard Peltier: Leonard Peltier was a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). He was framed for the murder of two FBI agents in 1977 during the FBI counter intelligence program (COINTELPRO). He has been imprisoned now for nearly 40 years.
ADDRESS: #89637-132, USP Coleman I, US Peniteniary, PO Box 1033, Coleman, Florida, 33521, USA [address last checked January 2016]
and information…. www.whoisleonardpeltier.info
Little B: In 1997, Michael Lewis, “Little B,” a 13-year-old black boy, was arrested, tried and convicted as an adult in Atlanta, Georgia, for a murder he did not commit. That was 18 years ago. Michael is still in prison.—Worse, he’s been in an isolation cell for the past four years.—In March 2015, he turned 32 years old.
ADDRESS: Michael Lewis (GDC #950785), Jackson State Prison, P.O. Box 3877, Jackson, Georgia 30233, USA
Luke O’Donovan: On New Year’s Eve of 2013, Luke O’Donovan attended a house party in Atlanta, Georgia. Luke was insulted with homophobic slurs, and attacked by several people at once. Luke unsuccessfully attempted to escape, at which point several witnesses reported watching between 5 and 12 men ganging-up on Luke and stomping on his head and body, evidently with the intent to kill him. Luke was called a faggot before and during the attack. Throughout the course of the attack, Luke and five others were stabbed. Luke was subsequently imprisoned and charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as one count of attempted murder. None of the other individuals involved in the altercation were charged. Luke will be in prison for 2 years beginning on August 12 2014, after which he will begin eight years of harsh probation. The judge added to the negotiated plea that Luke will be banished from the state of Georgia for the eight years of his probation.
ADDRESS: Luke Patrick O’Donovan, #1001372271, Washington State Prison, P.O. Box 206, Davisboro, GA 31018, USA [address last checked January 2016]
Email for Luke’s support group: letlukego[at]gmail[dot]com
Marius Mason: a long-time activist in the environmental and labor movements. In March 2008, he was arrested by federal authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000; no one was injured in either of them. He accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced on February 5, 2009 to just under 22 years. He is now serving the longest sentence of any “Green Scare” prisoner.
ADDRESS: Marius Mason #04672-061, FMC Carswell, Federal Medical Center, P.O. Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127, USA
Move 9: in prison since August 8 1978, being framed for the murder of a cop following a massive police attack on MOVE at their home in Philadelphia.
Charles Sims Africa, #AM4975, SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd, Dallas, PA 18612, USA
Delbert Orr Africa, #AM-4985, SCI Dallas, 1000 Follies Rd, Dallas, PA 18612, USA
Debbie Sims Africa #OO6307, SCI Cambridge Springs 451 Fullerton Avenue Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403, USA
Edward Edward Goodman Africa #AM4974, 301 Morea Rd, Frackville, PA 17932, USA
Janet Holloway Africa, #006308, SCI Cambridge Springs 451 Fullerton Avenue Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania 16403, USA
Janine Phillips Africa #006309, SCI Cambridge Springs, 451 Fullerton Avenue, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, 16403, USA
Michael Davis Africa #AM4973, P.O. Box 244, Graterford, PA 19426-244, USA
Mumia Abu Jamal: in prison since 1981 for allegedly shooting Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence, prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations in his trial, police coercion of witnesses and documented racism, he remains in prison under a sentence of life without parole.
ADDRESS: Mumia Abu-Jamal, #AM 8335, SCI Mahanoy, 301 Morea Road, Frackville, PA 17932, USA
Nicole Kissane: In July, 2015, Nicole was indicted under the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). The indictment cites specific vandalism of fur stores and the liberation of thousands of mink and other fur-bearing animals, claiming that Nicole, along with her co-defendant Joseph
Buddenberg, released mink and vandalized businesses that used animal
products throughout the summer and fall of 2013; drove over 40,000
miles to free almost 7,000 mink from farms in Iowa, Pennsylvania,
Wisconsin, and Minnesota; and did more than $400,000 worth of damage.
In early 2016, both signed non-cooperating plea agreements and pleaded
guilty to conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.
Just recently, Nicole was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.
Address: Nicole Kissane #20651-11, FCI Dublin, 5701 8th Street – Camp Parks, Dublin, CA 94568, US
Nato 3: arrested on May 16, 2012 in the lead up to the anti-NATO protests in Chicago, Illinois. In January 2014 they were found guilty of possession of an incendiary device with the intent to commit arson, possession of an incendiary device with the knowledge that another intended to commit arson and mob action. They were given sentences ranging from 5 to 8 years. In November 2014, Brian Church was released on parole and in May 2015 Brent Betterly was also released. UPDATE DECEMBER 2015: In October of 2014, Chase wrote to several supporters, “I am a transgender woman,” asking to be referred to as Maya Chase. In accordance with these stated wishes, supporters spread the word in blogs and via social media that Chase’s preferred name was Maya and pronouns were feminine. In a more recent letter, however, dated September 21, 2015, Chase explicitly requested that his legal name and male pronouns be used once again to identify him: “Also let me apologize for rushing so much in my last letter [that] I didn’t get to explain the sudden change of names. After a lot of thinking I’ve decided even though I am Bi/TS/GQ, I don’t think I want to spend the rest of my life as a Woman 24/7. So you can refer to me in mascul[ine] terms.” Letters from that date forward have been signed using “Jared” or “Jay.”
ADDRESS: Jared Chase, #M44710, P.O. Box 99, Pontiac, IL 61764, USA [address correct January 2016]
Rebecca Rubin: In the late 1990s, Rubin is alleged to have participated in a spree of arsons that caused upwards of $55 million in damages as part of the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front. Includes actions taken against Bio-Devices in California; U.S. Forest Products in Oregon; the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado; the liberation of horses and the arson of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse Facilities in Litchfield, California and Burns, Oregon. She is among the targets of the FBI’s “Operation Backfire” and is currently serving 5 years.
ADDRESS: Rebecca Rubin, #98290-011 FCI Dublin 5701 8th Street – Camp Parks Dublin, California 94568, USA
Robert Seth Hayes: a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, he was framed and convicted of murdering a NYC police officer in 1973. He was charged with seven counts of attempted murder and one count of murder in the first degree. He has repeatedly been denied parole, not based on his record in prison but because of his political beliefs and work with the Black Panther Party.
ADDRESS: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280,Sullivan Correctional Facility, 325 Riverside Drive, P.O. Box 116, Fallsberg, NY 12733-0116, USA
More information about Robert’s Case can be found on Denver ABC website: https://denverabc.wordpress.com/prisoners-dabc-supports/political-prisoners-database/robert-seth-hayes/
Romaine ‘Chip’ Fitzgerald: born and raised in Compton, California, as a teenager joined the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party. In September 1969, Chip was wounded and arrested in connection with a police shoot-out. He was tried for assault on police and other, related charges, including the murder of a security guard. He was convicted and sentenced to death, aged 19 years old.
Romaine Fitzgerald, B-27527, CSP-LAC, P.O. Box 4490, B-4-150, Lancaster, CA 93539, USA [address correct 01.11.2015]
Website for info and to donate: freechip.org
Russell Maroon Shoatz: a dedicated community activist and founding member of the Philadelphia based organisation Black Unity Council, which eventually merged with the Black Panther Party (1969). In 1970, along with five others, Russell was accused of attacking a police station, which resulted in an officer being killed. This attack was said to have been carried out in response to rampant police brutality in the Black community. For 18 months, Russell functioned underground as a soldier in the Black Liberation Army, but was captured in 1972. Twice he escaped—once in 1977 and again 1980, but both times he was recaptured and today he is held in a control unit in Pennsylvania where he is serving multiple life sentences.
ADDRESS: Russell Shoats #AF-3855 SCI-Graterford P.O. Box 246 Route 29 Graterford, PA 19426 – 0246, USA [address correct December 2015]
Sean Swain: held without legal conviction or sentence since 1991 for the self-defense killing of a court official’s relative who broke into Sean’s home and threatened his life. In fall of 2012, prisoners calling themselves the Army of the 12 Monkeys (A12M) got rowdy at Mansfield Correctional, and the prison authorities assumed “that anarchist” Sean Swain must have been behind it and threw him in supermax isolation. Sean denies any involvement or affiliation with the A12M and is in the process of suing the ODRC for targeting him based exclusively on his ideology and political speech.
Sean would love to receive zines, articles printed from the internet, photographs (not Polaroid), drawings, etc.
Address: Sean Swain #243-205, Warren Correctional Inst., P.O. Box 120, Lebanon, Ohio 45036, USA [address correct January 2016]
Veronza Bowers: was a member of the Black Panther Party and was convicted of the murder of a US Park Ranger, on the basis of two government informants’ testimonies, both of whom received reduced sentences for other crimes by the federal prosecutor’s office. There were no eye-witnesses and no evidence independent of these informants to link him to the crime. At his trial, Veronza offered an alibi in his testimony, which was not credited by the jury. Nor were the testimonies of two relatives of the informants who insisted that they were lying. The informants had all charges against them in this case dropped and one was given $10,000 by the government, according to the prosecutor’s post-sentencing report. Veronza has consistently proclaimed his innocence of the crime he never committed, even at the expense of having his appeals for parole denied, for which an admission of guilt is virtually required.
ADDRESS: Veronza Bowers, Jr. #35316–136, U.S. Penitentiary – Atlanta, P.O. Box 150160, Atlanta, GA 30315, USA