To anyone incarcerated, a letter of support or just a friendly greeting can make a great difference. Jeremy feels great solidarity with fellow political prisoners and has personally written public messages of solidarity for several of the individuals and groups listed here. On this page, you can learn how you can write messages of solidarity to political prisoners.
Below are the summarized stories of people who have been persecuted for radical activism for causes Jeremy supports, as well as US prisoners who are suffering inhumane treatment such as prolonged isolation. Details are included about how you can learn more about, support, and write to these prisoners.
Anarchist and Antifascist Prisoners
Free the NATO 3
The NATO 3 are three activists – Brent Betterly (now released!), Brian Jacob Church (now released!) and Jay Chase – who were arrested ahead of the 2012 NATO protests and charged with politically motivated terrorism charges for allegedly creating Molotov cocktails. However, the NATO 3 had been targets of a campaign by Chicago police to harass and intimidate legitimate activists through entrapment and intimidation.
In February 2014, the NATO 3 were convicted of ‘mob action’; 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.
Free the Cleveland 4
The Cleveland 4 are four Occupy Cleveland activists: Brandon, Connor, Doug and Joshua ‘Skelly.’ They were arrested on 1 May 2012, accused of plotting a series of bombings. However, the FBI, working with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives and coerced the four into participating. They continue to fight against the government’s attempt to brand them as terrorists and to expose the techniques of entrapment employed by the FBI and its informants.
Sean Swain is a hostage held by a lawless rogue-state calling itself “The State of Ohio.” He has been 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.
Eric G. 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.
Walter Bond is an imprisoned Animal Liberation Front operative who was arrested in 2010 for the A.L.F. Lone Wolf arsons of the Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado; the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Tiburon Restaurant in Sandy, Utah. Bond was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for the Colorado fire, and 7 years 3 months for the Utah fires, to run consecutive to the first sentence. He is currently incarcerated at USP Marion CMU. His expected release date is March 21, 2021.
Walter Bond’s entire philosophy and program of action is centered on six words: “Animal Liberation, Whatever it May Take!”
Please click here for a downloadable brochure about Walter and how you can support him.
Rebecca is serving 5 years for arson and conspiracy charges stemming from Earth Liberation Front actions that occurred between 1996 and 2001. She accepted a non-cooperating plea agreement.
You can currently write to her at the following address:
Rebecca Rubin #98290-011
5701 8th Street – Camp Parks
Dublin, California 94568
She also has an Amazon wishlist.
Justin Solondz is currently serving 7 years (until 31 August 2017) for the 2001 firebombing of the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture, as a protest against genetic engineering.
You can write to him at the following address:
Justin Solondz #98291–011
PO Box 1000
Loretto, PA 15940
Free Marius Mason
Marius Mason is a loving parent of two and a long-time activist in environmental and worker movements. In March 2008, he was arrested by federal authorities for charges relating 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 to just under 22 years on 5 February 2009. He is now serving the longest sentence of any ‘Green Scare’ prisoner.
Please note: Marius Mason was formerly known as ‘Marie’ and some materials may still refer to him as such. However, as he has expressed his masculine gender identity and his wish to be referred to with male pronouns, we will do everything in our power to refer to honor that. However, until a legal name change is completed all mail must still be addressed to ‘Marie Mason’ when writing.
Write to Marius:
Marie Mason #04672-061
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
For more information, please see this page.
Tyler Lang and Kevin Olliff are two Los Angeles animal rights activists who were indicted on ‘domestic terrorism’ charges after their arrest in rural Illinois for “possession of burglary tools.” After a traffic stop in which they refused consent to a police search, their car was searched anyway. Inside, police allege they found bolt cutters, wire cutters, muriatic acid, ski masks, and camouflage clothing. Despite any solid evidence, police are using this evidence to claim that Kevin and Tyler are linked to the release of over 2,000 mink and foxes from fur farms in the Midwest.
Tyler, because he had no previous criminal history, was able to take a plea and was released from jail after four months. Kevin was ultimately sentenced to 30 months of prison time on these state charges.
In July 2014, as Kevin was about to complete his state sentence, the federal government indicted these activists on charges of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Tyler was bonded out shortly after the indictment, but Kevin was denied bail and subsequently has been incarcerated since the original 2013 arrest.
Free Matt DeHart
Matt DeHart is a 30-year-old former US Air National Guard drone team member and alleged WikiLeaks courier, who worked with the hactivist group Anonymous. After becoming the subject of a national security investigation — and allegations relating to a teenage pornography case which he vehemently denies — he fled from the United States to Canada with his family to seek political asylum and protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
Matt says he was tortured and intravenously drugged against his will at the hands of the FBI. Records of his interrogation confirm that Matt was detained for “national security” reasons and questioned about his military unit, Anonymous, WikiLeaks and espionage.
In February 2015 Canada denied Matt DeHart’s request for asylum, and on March 1, 2015 he was deported back to the US, where he was forced into a plea deal in December 2015.
Please see this page to find out how to write to Matt, donate to his legal defense fund, and send him care packages.
Free Lauri Love
Lauri Love is an activist and alleged hacker from Stradishall, England, under arrest and facing potential extradition on charges of hacking into governmental agencies including the US Army, NASA and the Federal Reserve, among others.
Love was first arrested on 28 October 2013, for alleged offences under the UK’s Computer Misuse Act. His house was searched and his computers were seized. The government tried to force Love to turn over his encryption keys, but Lauri refused to cooperate and was ultimately released on bail. However, the National Crime Agency refused to return Love’s computer because it could not decrypt his files.
Then on 15 July 2015, Love was arrested again by UK officials, this time at the behest of the US government, who had issued several indictments and corresponding extradition warrants. The FBI and department of Justice alleges that Love has been involved in hacking into various governmental agencies, including the US Army, NASA, the Federal Reserve and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Lauri Love needs all of our support to oppose his extradition and to end his persecution.
Free Barrett Brown
Barrett Brown is an American activist, author and freelance writer/journalist. In September 2012, Brown was raided and arrested by the FBI and indicted on counts related to alleged postings on websites such as Twitter and YouTube, and for allegedly pasting a hyperlink related to data from the Stratfor breach. After some of the worst charges were dropped, Barrett entered a guilty plea to 3 counts for which he now faces a maximum of 8.5 years in prison. He is currently detained in Seagoville, TX while awaiting sentencing, which will occur on 22 January 2015.
Write to Barrett Brown:
Barrett Brown #45047-177
FCI Fort Worth
P.O. Box 15330
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Free Little B
In 1997, Michael Lewis, aka “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 two years. In March 2015, he will be 32 years old. The Michael Lewis Legal Defense Committee, headed by former Black Panther Party leader Elaine Brown, author of The Condemnation of Little B, continues the struggle to free him.
Free Russell Maroon Shoatz
Russell Maroon Shoatz is 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.
Write to Russell:
Russell Shoats #AF-3855
P.O. Box 246
Route 29 Graterford
PA 19426 – 0246
Free Herman Bell
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.
Bill Dunne was 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.
Bill continues to stay active politically, helping edit and write 4Struggle Magazine, organizing the yearly Running Down the Walls 5K for political prisoners, and serves on the Anarchist Black Cross Federation Prisoner Committee.
Write to Bill:
Bill Dunne #10916-086
Post Office Box 9
Mendota, California 93640
Click here for a downloadable brochure about Bill and how you can support him.
Free Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier is a Native American Indian held as a political prisoner in the US for almost 40 years.
Leonard was convicted by false evidence and testimony. Gerald Heaney, the judge who presided over Peltier’s appeal hearing in 1986, subsequently expressed his belief that “the FBI used improper tactics in securing Peltier’s extradition from Canada and in otherwise investigating and trying the Peltier case.” However, all of Leonard’s legal appeals have been exhausted and his release date is set for 2040. Leonard is 69 years old and in ill health.
Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, The Dalai Lama, Sting, COMMON, Pete Seeger, Harry Belefonte and many, many others have demanded Leonard’s freedom. You can contribute to the Leonard Peltier Freedom Campaign here.
Write to Leonard:
LETTERS FOR LEONARD
P.O. BOX 444
Trego, Montana 59934
Alvaro Luna Hernandez is 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.
Write to Alvaro:
Alvaro Luna Hernandez #255735
James V Allred Unit
2101 FM 369 North
Iowa Park, TX 76367
Please click here for Alvaro’s campaign website.
Support the Dallas 6
This story of the Dallas 6 pertains to a peaceful protest on 29 April 2010 against illegal and barbaric conditions created by the Department of Corrections prison guards in the ‘hole’ at the State Correctional Institution in Dallas (SCI Dallas). The barbaric conditions include food starvation, mail destruction, beatings, medical neglect, use of a ‘torture chair’ and the deaths of several prisoners.
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”.
Write to members of the Dallas 6:
Carrington Keys #EF–4010
286 Woodland Drive
PO Box 945
Marienville, PA 16239-0307
Duane Peter #FP–7306
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932
Anthony Locke #FJ–7018
660 State Route 11
Hunlock Creek, PA 18621
Anthony Kelley #EA–9612
500 E. Fourth Street
Chester, PA 19013
10745 Route 18
Albion, PA 16475-0001
Derrick Stanley was released after serving his sentence.
Veronza Bowers, Jr.
Veronza 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.
Write to Veronza:
Veronza Bowers, Jr. #35316–136
U.S. Penitentiary – Atlanta
P.O. Box 150160
Atlanta, GA 30315
A New York Black Panther, Sundiata Acoli endured two years of prison awaiting trial for the Panther 21 Conspiracy Case. He and his comrades were eventually acquitted on all charges. The case was historic and a classic example of the police and government attempting to neutralise organisations by incarcerating their leadership.
On 2 May 1973, Sundiata Acoli, Assata Shakur and Zayd Shakur were ambushed and attacked by state troopers on the New Jersey Turnpike. Assata was wounded and Zayd was killed. During the gun battle a state trooper was shot and killed in self defence. Sundiata was tried in an environment of mass hysteria and convicted, although there was no credible evidence that he killed the trooper or had been involved in the shooting. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Write to Sundiata Acoli:
Sundiata Acoli #39794–066 (Squire)
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. BOX 1000
Cumberland, MD 21501
Please click here for a downloadable brochure about Sundiata and how you can support him.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award winning journalist and was one of the founders of the Black Panther Party chapter in Philadelphia, PA.
In December 1982, Mumia happened upon police who were beating his brother. During the melee, a police officer was shot and killed. Despite the fact that many people saw someone else shoot and then run away from the scene, Mumia was convicted and sentenced to death. In 1995, a death warrant was signed by Governor Tom Ridge, which sparked one of the most effective organising efforts in defence of a political prisoner ever. Since that time, Mumia has had his death sentence overturned, but still expects to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Write to Mumia:
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932
Queer and trans prisoners
Let Luke Go
It has been reported in the press that Luke O’Donovan went on a “stabbing rampage” at a New Year’s Eve party in Reynoldstown, a neighborhood in Atlanta, GA. But Luke was desperately defending himself against a clear act of queer-bashing that included him being stabbed in the back.
The motivations of the attack on Luke seem to originate in the fact that he had been seen dancing with and kissing men earlier at the party. Luke was repeatedly insulted with homophobic slurs throughout the night. The men who attacked Luke are known to have exhibited homophobic language and behaviour in the past.
Write to Luke:
Luke Patrick O’Donovan
Washington State Prison
P.O. Box 206
Davisboro, GA 31018
To find more ways to support Luke, please visit his campaign website.
Chelsea Manning Support Network
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Private Chelsea Manning is a 26 year old Army intelligence analyst who allegedly released the Collateral Murder video, which shows the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. Manning also allegedly shared documents with WikiLeaks known as the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables.
Jeremy cited Manning as an inspiration in his sentencing statement, writing:
I was particularly moved by the heroic actions of Chelsea Manning… She took an enormous personal risk to leak this information – believing that the public had a right to know and hoping that her disclosures would be a positive step to end these abuses. It is heart-wrenching to hear about her cruel treatment in military lockup… I had to ask myself, if Chelsea Manning fell into the abysmal nightmare of prison fighting for the truth, could I in good conscience do any less, if I was able?
I thought the best way to demonstrate solidarity was to continue the work of exposing and confronting corruption.
Write to Manning:
* Letters MUST be addressed EXACTLY as shown below *
Chelsea E. Manning 89289
1300 North Warehouse Road
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas 66027-2304
Please note: Chelsea Manning was formerly known as ‘Bradley’ and many resources may still refer to her as such. However, as she has expressed her identity as that of a woman name Chelsea, we will attempt whenever possible to use resources that respect that identity.
Prisoner support groups
South Brooklyn Anarchist Black Cross
The South Brooklyn chapter of the Anarchist Black Cross Federation stands in solidarity with political prisoners and prisoners of war worldwide. It is committed to be conscious of and act in opposition to systems of oppression including white supremacy, patriarchy, classism, heterosexism, and transphobia.
Mail to the Jail
The Anonymous Solidarity Network – #FreeAnons
The Anonymous Solidarity Network exists to provide legal, financial and moral support for activists facing prosecution for involvement, alleged or otherwise, in Anonymous actions.
FreeAnons dedicate themselves and their resources to helping activists combat injustices of law arising from the fight for freedom of information and positive social change. In co-operation with information and cyber-activists, legal advisers, and the public, the Anonymous Solidarity Network acts to advance the cause of Anonymous through public awareness programs, fundraising and providing legal assistance.
NYC Anarchist Black Cross
NYC Anarchist Black Cross is a collective focused on supporting US-held political prisoners and prisoners of war, and opposing state repression against revolutionary social justice movements. They are a Support Group of of the continental Anarchist Black Cross Federation.
To view, download, or print the guide to political prisoners and prisoners of war they support, please click here.