Month: August 2015

Jeremy Hammond is still in the SHU, now under investigation

https://freejeremy.net/2015/08/25/jeremy-being-held-in-shu/

As many of you know, Jeremy was placed in SHU (segregated housing unit) a little over a month ago as a result of a disciplinary infraction. He was told he would be in SHU for approximately 45 days, with his release date being on or around 20 August 2015.

For almost a week now, we have waited anxiously to hear that he has been released from SHU. Today, we got our answer, though it was not what any of us had hoped. In a letter dated 18 August that we received yesterday, he explained that he is still in SHU, and currently has no idea when he is going to be released. He had completed the time given to him for the disciplinary infraction and was preparing for release when prison officials informed him that he would be staying in SHU “pending SIS investigation.” “SIS” stands for “special investigative services,” and they function like an internal prison police unit. He was not told what they are investigating, nor how much longer he can expect to be there.

Prisoners can be held in SHU for up to 90 days without charge. If Jeremy is eventually charged with something as a result of whatever he is being “investigated” for, the time he spent awaiting charge will not count towards whatever punishment is handed down.

We are speculating that this new, mysterious “investigation” is in relation to another issue that has been ongoing for quite some time now. Shortly before he was sent to SHU in July, Jeremy’s phone and email privileges were taken away without warning and for reasons that, while not entirely clear, were obvious attempts to silence him. (His stay in SHU was not related to these issues, and, as stated, was the result of a disciplinary infraction.) While in SHU, his email privileges were reinstated just as mysteriously as they had been removed, and he was allowed to make a phone call, but the issue was never fully resolved. While no one but prison officials know for certain at this point, the vagueness with which this new SHU designation is being communicated to Jeremy is eerily similar to the vagueness with which his privileges were revoked, and could very well be related.

There is also a chance that Jeremy is being denied visits, as his grandparents report they were denied the opportunity to visit him several weeks ago for, again, unknown reasons. They have previously been able to visit him freely and without incident.

This is absolutely ludicrous and very discouraging. Jeremy has previously written about how time in SHU is always hell, but it’s at least easier to bear when you know you’re in there for something you legitimately did wrong. Holding Jeremy without charge, and without any firm end date in sight amounts to nothing short of torture. Please consider writing him a short letter of encouragement.

Write to Jeremy!

A crowdfunding site for a public memorial –

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Support for Hugo “Yogi” Pinell, Our Fallen Warrior

Fundraising campaign by Black August Los Angeles

http://gogetfunding.com/bala/

ANOTHER MARTYR TO BE REMEMBERED DURING BLACK AUGUST: We recently received news that one of our stalwart comrades, Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell who has spent the past FIFTY (50) years fighting and resisting behind prison walls, was assassinated August 12, 2015 at New Folsom Prison near Sacramento.

“Black August Resistance” was originally started in the California prisons system to honor three fallen comrades: Jonathan and George Jackson, and Khatari Gaulden. It was and remains a means of reflecting upon – and renewing a commitment to – the Tradition of resistance to oppression and repression faced by Afrikan peoples around the world. Here in Los Angeles, “Black August Resistance” comprises a month of activities for the collective mind, body and spirit in honor of the sacrifices of Our Ancestors, their Fighting Spirit of Resistance, and those who continue to resist while behind prison walls.

Hugo Pinell now joins this list of Ancestors we honor for their Fighting Spirit of Resistance.

Our hearts are heavy, but our resistance and resolve are steeled. With this in mind, we have decided to transition our remaining fundraising efforts to support what we regret to say is another fallen comrade. Monies raised here from this date until the end of Black August will go towards a public memorial for Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell.

Donations are tax deductible via FACTS Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization and the fiscal sponsor for this fundraiser.

Thank you for your contribution.

https://kpfa.org/episode/upfront-august-17-2015/

A statement from 3 of the San Quentin 6 for Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell

Hugo Pinell was assassinated at new Folsom State Prison. this is another
example of the racism people of color inside those prisons are confronted
with on a daily basis. like Comrade George, Hugo has been in the cross
hairs of the system for years. His assassination exemplify how racist
working in conjunction with prison authorities commit murderous acts like
this. We saw it on the yard at Soledad in 1970 and we see it again on the
yard at Folsom in 2015.

His life was a living hell. We witness the brutality inflicted on him by
prison guards as they made every effort to break him,  he endured more
than fifty years of sensory deprivation, for decades  he was denied being
able to touch his family or another human being,  as well as attempts on
his life. This is cruel and unusual punishment! Hugo is not the monster
that is being portrayed in social media / news media. The CDC is the real
monster.

During the six trial we really got to know Hugo. He was as we all were
under a lot of stress. His stress was heavier than mines because he had
the additional load of being beaten on regular occasions. We saw the
strength of his of his spirit, and through it all he manage to smile.

We mourn the loss of our comrade brother, yogi. We have been hit with a
crushing blow that will take some time to recover from. We must expose
those who under the cover of law orchestrated and allowed this murderous
act to take place. The prisoners who did it acted as agents of the state.
It comes at a time when prisoners  are collectively trying to end decades
of internal strife.  Those who took his life  have done a disservice to
our movement, their actions served the cause of the same oppressor we
fought against!  No longer do you have to endure the hatred of people who
didn’t even know you and never dared to love you. You have represented
George & Che well, and we  salute you!

SQ SIX

David General Giap Johnson

Luis Bato  Talamantez

Willie Sundiata  Tate

Beloved political prisoner Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell, feared and hated by guards, assassinated in Black August after 46 years in solitary

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http://sfbayview.com/2015/08/beloved-political-prisoner-hugo-yogi-bear-pinell-feared-and-hated-by-guards-assassinated-after-46-years-in-solitary/

Beloved political prisoner Hugo ‘Yogi Bear’ Pinell, feared and hated by
guards, assassinated in Black August after 46 years in solitary

by Dr. Willie and Mary Ratcliff

Black August adds another hero and martyr to the roll.


By some accounts, it was his first day on the yard after 46 years in
solitary confinement when Hugo Pinell, affectionately known as Yogi Bear,
was assassinated Aug. 12. The news sparked a victory celebration by 
prison guards on social media: “May he rot in hell” and “Good riddens”
(sic), they typed. Yogi was the only member of the San Quentin 6 still in
prison, and his role in the events of Aug. 21, 1971, the day George
Jackson was assassinated, has earned the guards’ incessant enmity ever
since.

“This is revenge,” declared his close friend, fellow Black Panther veteran
Kiilu Nyasha, on Hard Knock Radio Aug. 13. “They hated him as much as
George Jackson. They beat him constantly, kept him totally isolated for 46
years – no window, no sunlight – but they could never break him, and
that’s why they hated him.

“The only way he survived was that this man was full of love.”

Isolated in the Pelican Bay SHU from 1990 to 2014, Yogi supported his SHU
comrades’ campaign to end solitary confinement. He participated in the
hunger strikes and applauded the Agreement to End Hostilities, authored by
16 of his comrades, Black, Brown and White, and dated Aug. 12, 2012, three
years to the day before he was killed. It has nearly erased racial
violence from California prisons.

The comrades who conceived and wrote the agreement were following Yogi’s
lead.

“There was a time in the prison sys­tems throughout the United States,”
according to a story headlined “The Black Panther Party and Hugo Pinell”
in The Black Panther newspaper of Nov. 29, 1971, “when the prisoners
themselves were divided, not only white against Black, but Latinos against
Blacks. This – the result of racism in every area of U.S. society – was
particularly apparent in Cali­fornia prisons.


“Blacks and Latinos fought, stabbed and killed each other in the yards,
cell blocks and dining halls of every prison camp from Tehachapi to Tracy.
This is always the case when the racist white prison guard, under
administration orders, pits one man struggling to survive against another.

“It is the easiest way for the prison to assure almost absolute control
over its inmate population. After all, only an idiot would believe he
could control 100 men with one man, unless the 100 were divided. Quite
often men were paid to start fights between two men. …

“(B)rothers and sisters across the country inside the maximum prisons
began to awaken to the fact of their oppression. They began to realize, as
Comrade George Jackson would say, that they were all a part of the
prisoner class.

“They be­gan to realize that there was no way to survive that special
brand of fas­cism particular to California prison camps except by
beginning to work and struggle together. … The prisoner class, especially
in California, began to understand the age-old fascist principle: If you
can divide, you can conquer.

“There are two men who were chiefly responsible for bringing this idea to
the forefront. They helped other com­rade inmates to transform the ideas
of self-hatred and division into unity and love common to all people
fighting to survive and retain dignity. These two brothers not only set
this example in words, but in practice.

“Comrade George Jackson and Comrade Hugo Pinell, one Black and one Latino,
were the living examples of the unity that can and must exist among the
prisoner class. These two men were well known to other inmates as strong
de­fenders of their people.

“Everyone knew of their love for the people, a love that astounded
especially the prison officials of the state. It astounded them so
thoroughly that these pigs had to try and portray them as animals,
perverts, madmen and criminals in order to justify their plans to
eventually get rid of such men.

“For when Com­rades George and Hugo walked and talked together, the
prisoners began to get the message too well.

“In a well-planned move, the state of California and the U.S. government
carried out the vicious assassination of Comrade George Jackson, field
marshal of the Black Panther Party, on Aug. 21, 1971. Their plans to
slaughter Hugo Pinell are now in full swing.”

What happened on New Folsom Prison’s B yard on Aug. 12, 2015?

In California, the prisons are abundantly funded, but the billions of
taxpayer dollars are spent in secret, as the media are prohibited from
covering prisons. So the stories coming from the mainstream media about
Yogi so far are based on press releases from CDCr, the Corrections
Department, not from reporters who go inside to hear from prisoners.

Highly paid prison guards and their CCPOA (California Correctional Peace
Officers Association) are called the most powerful lobby in the state.
Guards at New Folsom, located in a suburb of Sacramento, the state
capital, likely exert much of that influence. Is that why Yogi was sent
there after more than 23 years at Pelican Bay?

“Once a man declares that he will retain his dignity, that he will not
forfeit his manhood, then he has in essence declared war against the
prison,” The Black Panther reported on Nov. 29, 1971. “He has declared war
upon the guards, who operate on the smallest amount of intelligence and
human un­derstanding, and upon the prison and state officials, whose every
move is planned and calculated to help in this government’s last feeble
attempts to quell the desire of the people to see power returned into the
hands of the people. Hugo, from the very beginning of his imprisonment,
made that declaration.”

Yogi’s enemies were not his comrades in the prisoner class – though he
reportedly died at the hand of one or two prisoners, said to be white,
though their race is unconfirmed. He was no threat to other prisoners. It
was the guards who loathed him and loath the Agreement to End Hostilities,
which he exemplified and set in motion over 40 years ago.


Did they have him killed to demolish the agreement, to rekindle all-out
race riots? Riots are job insurance for guards.

Several of the authors of the agreement have also been transferred to New
Folsom, where they have been educating other prisoners to understand and
wield its power. A prisoner on the C yard, Hakim Akbar-Jones, P-85158,
wrote this to the Bay View in July:

“Let this be understood: At CSP Sacramento on the C yard, the End to
Hostilities Agreement is in full effect. Even though the summertime is
here, there is rhythm and harmony amongst respective class members. There
are diligent efforts made on all fronts to work hand to hand in solidarity
to build a better future amongst the prison class. With this said, we
stand fast and salute all conscious guerrilla revolutionaries whose
concepts have been brought forth and come to fruition, those in solidarity
who support the movement, thus bringing on and creating positive change
for the oppressed.”

Does this sound like a place where Hugo Pinell, the legend, the giant
amongst conscious guerrilla revolutionaries, would not be protected? Did
the other prisoners even know that Yogi would be joining them on the yard
on Aug. 12?

What else are the guards afraid of?

Three initiatives are underway that could empty the SHUs and empower the
remaining prisoners, and the guards, fearing for their jobs, are fighting
them. A reasonable assumption is that the guards expect that the
assassination of Hugo Pinell will see a return of the bad old days of
racial violence to “justify” filling the SHUs and guaranteeing job
security and top pay for guards:

Black Guerrilla Family – According to family members of prisoners who have
been negotiating the hunger strikers’ demands with CDCr administrators
since the hunger strikes began in 2011, CDCr has decided to remove the
Black Guerrilla Family from the list of eight prison gangs because it’s a
political not a criminal organization, but reportedly the guards and their
CCPOA are furiously opposed. If BGF is not a prison gang, then all the
Black prisoners “validated” as BGF “gangsters” would have to be released
from SHU.

George Jackson University – Abdul Olugbala Shakur (s/n James Harvey)
recently settled a suit to legitimize George Jackson University, which
25,000 prisoners signed up for when he and other prisoners and outside
supporters founded it years ago. Guards are adamantly opposed to the
distribution and study of books that prisoners might find mentally and
spiritually liberating and have prevented the prisoner-led institution
from taking root. Though the settlement terms have not yet been revealed,
guards are undoubtedly fearful.


Class action lawsuit to end solitary confinement in California – Currently
in settlement talks with CDCr are the attorneys for the plaintiff class of
prisoners who have been held in the Pelican Bay SHU for 10 years or more.
The attorneys are led by Jules Lobel, president of the very prestigious
New York based Center for Constitutional Rights, the public interest law
firm that also represents many of the hunger-striking prisoners at
Guantanamo Bay. The New York Times is giving the case multi-media
coverage, including a recent video showing some of the plaintiffs
describing how they survive the torture of long term solitary confinement.
If the case doesn’t settle, trial is set for December.

These initiatives, bolstered by the awakening in the court of public
opinion to the evils of mass incarceration and solitary confinement, are
driving efforts by California prison guards and their “union,” CCPOA, to
demolish the carefully constructed Agreement to End Hostilities and revert
to racial warfare that divides and conquers prisoners of all colors so
that the guards can rule over them as cruelly as they want without getting
their hands dirty.

We call for a full independent investigation immediately

The Bay View, joining a consensus of prisoner family members and
advocates, calls for investigations into Yogi’s death at both the state
and federal level. We challenge California Attorney General Kamala Harris,
now a candidate for U.S. Senate, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
to demonstrate they believe this Black life – the life of Hugo Pinell –
matters. Harris, whose office acts as the attorney representing CDCr,
needs to counsel her client to reign in the guards, especially the gang
investigators.

We also call for the full and fair investigation of all deaths in jails
and prisons, where incarcerated people are routinely abused and tortured
and even killed. Begin with Sandra Bland and Hugo Pinell.

Yogi’s attorney, Keith Wattley, says his family is planning a wrongful
death lawsuit.

Honor our fallen comrade

Long live Hugo Pinell, who showed us the power of the human spirit, that
love can survive and overpower hell on earth.


To anyone tempted to avenge Yogi’s death against another race, remember
the wisdom of the Panthers: “If you can divide, you can conquer.” Ever
wonder why the Bay View calls our prison section Behind Enemy Lines? The
prison system, not another prisoner, is the enemy that hopes you won’t get
out alive.

Embrace Yogi’s spirit and read the words that follow from current and
former prisoners who loved him back.

Dr. Willie Ratcliff is publisher and Mary Ratcliff is editor of the San
Francisco Bay View. They can be reached at editor@sfbayview.com or
415-671-0789.


Yogi’s time

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Written July 30, 2006 – Few of us know the name Hugo Pinell.

That’s because the last time it was in the newspapers was probably in
1971, or 1976, when he was tried as a member of the famous San Quentin 6,
six young Black prisoners facing assault charges stemming from battles
with prison guards at the notoriously repressive California prison.

Yet that wasn’t the beginning nor the end of things.

Hugo Pinell (known as Yogi by his friends) came to the U.S. as a
12-year-old from a small town on Nicaragua’s East Coast. If he knew then
the hell he would face in America, would he have left the land of his
birth? We’ll never know.

He came. And he spent the last 42 years in prison – 34 of them in
solitary! He hasn’t had a write-up in 24 years.

Now, his family and lawyer are seeking his parole after a lifetime in some
of the most repressive joints in America.

Why so long? Why so many years? The answer, not surprisingly, is politics.
Hugo was a student and comrade of the legendary Black Panther Field
Marshal, the late George Jackson, with whom he worked to organize other
Black prisoners against the racist violence and prison conditions of the
‘60s and ‘70s.

Consider this: When Hugo was sent to prison, Lyndon Baines Johnson was
president, bombing in the Vietnam War was intensifying and Martin Luther
King Jr. was still alive!

Of his introduction to the prison system, Yogi would later write:


“In 1964, a white woman accused me of rape, assault and kidnap. I was 19
years old. I turned myself in to the authorities to clarify the charges
against me, which I knew to be falsified. The deputies beat me several
times because the alleged victim was white, and the public defender and
the judge influenced my mother into believing that I would be sentenced to
death unless I pled guilty. At their insistence and despite my innocence,
I pled guilty to the charge of rape, with the understanding that I would
be eligible for parole after six months. When I arrived at the California
Department of Corrections, I was informed that I had been sentenced to
three years to life.”

California’s notoriously unjust indeterminate sentencing has led in part
to the present prison overcrowding that now threatens to bankrupt the
system. California’s prisons are roughly 172 percent over capacity, and
parole is a broken, nonfunctional agency.

That’s not just my opinion, but California State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los
Angeles, has called the present regime a “failure,” particularly the
parole system.

Despite California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2004 promises of major
reforms of the parole system, which would lead to significant prisoner
population reductions, the incarceration rate has soared. Today, there are
a record 168,000 people in 33 state prisons, nearly double the rated
capacity.

As Hugo Pinell seeks parole, California is spending $7.9 billion – yeah,
with a “b”! – in the next fiscal year, an increase of $600 million a year
for a prison system that has one of the worst recidivism rates in the
nation, 60 percent!

Clearly, the so-called “Correctional and Rehabilitation” Department has
failed in its mission to do both.

Support parole for Hugo Pinell; 42 years is more than enough.




Hugo Pinell – Rest in Power!

by Claude Marks

We are saddened by the news of Hugo Pinell’s death. Hugo Pinell always
expressed a strong spirit of resistance. He worked tirelessly as an
educator and activist to build racial solidarity inside of California’s
prison system.

Incarcerated in 1965, like so many others, Hugo became politicized inside
the California prison system.

In addition to exploring his Nicaraguan heritage, Hugo was influenced by
civil rights activists and thinkers such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King
as well as his comrades inside including George Jackson. His leadership in
combating the virulent racism of the prison guards and officials made him
a prime target for retribution and Hugo soon found himself confined in the
San Quentin Adjustment Center.

While at San Quentin, Hugo and five other politically conscious prisoners
were charged with participating in an Aug. 21, 1971, rebellion and alleged
escape attempt, which resulted in the assassination of George Jackson by
prison guards. Hugo Pinell, Willie Tate, Johnny Larry Spain, David
Johnson, Fleeta Drumgo and Luis Talamantez became known as the San Quentin
6.

Their subsequent 16-month trial was the longest in the state’s history at
the time. The San Quentin 6 became a global symbol of unyielding
resistance against the prison system and its violent, racist design.

As the California prisons began to lock people up in long-term isolation
and control unit facilities, Hugo was placed inside of the SHU (Security
Housing Unit) in prisons including Tehachapi, Corcoran and Pelican Bay.
There, despite being locked in a cell for 23 hours a day, he continued to
work for racial unity and an end to the torturous conditions and racially
and politically motivated placement of people into the SHU. This work
included his participation in the California Prison Hunger Strikes as well
as supporting the Agreement to End Racial Hostilities in 2011.

At the time of his death, Hugo had been locked behind bars for 50 years,
yet his spirit was unbroken.

Claude Marks, director of Freedom Archives, 522 Valencia St., San
Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 863-9977, www.Freedomarchives.org, can be
reached at claude@freedomarchives.org.

Hasta Siempre Hugo (Forever Hugo)

Solidarity forever

And we are saddened

Solidarity left

You when (it) should have

Counted for something and

What your long imprisoned

Life stood for

Now all your struggles

To be free have failed

And only death

Inglorious and violent

Death has

Claimed you

At the hands of the

Cruel prison system

La Luta Continua

– Bato and the San Quentin 3: Willie “Sundiata” Tate, David Johnson and
Luis “Bato” Talamantez, who can be reached at batowato@gmail.com

South Carolina Anti-KKK protester held on multiple charges!

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https://freeeddien.wordpress.com/

Support Eddien!

Columbia, SC native, Eddien Patterson was arrested during the July 18
anti-KKK demonstration in South Carolina He was initially charged with
2nd degree felony assault and battery by a mob as well as 3rd
misdemeanor assault and battery. Eddien was on probation at the time of
arrest and now is serving ten months for violating the probation. He is
currently being held at the Richland Co jail.
On July 29 Eddien was given the additional charge of Breach of Peace of
a High and Aggravated Nature for allegedly breaking the windows of a
KKK members pick up truck. Currently we are trying to find a lawyer for
Eddien, but he has requested that money be added to his books and
desires to receive letters.

For more updates visit: https://freeeddien.wordpress.com/
to send money, either send donations to free.eddien@gmail.com on PayPal
or go to https://richland.mcdanielsupply.co/deposit/index
his # is 591561

Write Eddien:

Eddien Andre Patterson #591561
E Dorm
Alvin S Glenn Detention Center
201 John Mark Dial Dr
Columbia, SC 29209

Virginia Anarchist Arrested a Week After South Carolina Anti-Klan Rally, Support Needed!

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From: Stephen Loughman’s support crew –

On Monday, July 27th, our friend and comrade, Stephen Loughman, was arrested and charged with “breach of peace” for his support the week before at an anti-KKK rally in Columbia, SC on July 18th, 2015. Local activists had called on folks from across the southern region to help South Carolina’s communities stand against the Klan and other hate groups, who like many groups were trying to use the Confederate flag debate as a recruitment tool.

We would like to bring attention to the many mistakes the media made while covering this story. Even though the chapters of the Ku Klux Klan and National Socialist Movement (a neo-Nazi group) were also from out of state, the media and the local sheriff’s office would have you believe that Stephen makes “a career” out of traveling around and causing trouble. This is blatantly untrue and is a tactic that has been historically used to undermine people’s movements struggling for liberation, particularly in the South. In addition, the skewed coverage by WISTV10 also fails to mention Stephen as an explicitly anti-racist protester, potentially putting his reputation and safety on the line. Stephen was also never contacted for his part of the story. While we understand that white power hate groups have a history of seeking retaliation against people who oppose them, including harassment, intimidation, and physical violence, we want to take this opportunity to clarify why Stephen was there because the media did not do so. This irresponsible coverage has the potential to put our friend in real danger in a multitude of ways.

The smear campaign that has begun against Stephen is an obvious attempt to distance South Carolina residents from any image of discontent and anger against both popular and institutional white supremacy. The KKK and the NSM are trying to defend and proliferate white supremacy at all costs. In the wake of righteous sadness and anger, fueled by Dylann Roof’s acts in Charleston, the state and the police still stand to protect these and other hate groups that inspired him. His political violence in the murder of 9 black people was a spark that lit the fire against institutions set up in South Carolina centuries ago. From the clandestine attacks on a dozen black churches, to the every day brutality of police departments and prisons across the country, we can be sure that white supremacy is alive and well in the U.S.

Although Stephen was in direct contact with the arresting officer the day of the protests, he was never arrested or told he had a warrant until he went back to South Carolina to retrieve his confiscated phone a week later. He was then taken to the deplorable Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, where he was held in unclean facilities. Steve has since had to see a doctor for a Staph infection he received in custody.

Don’t let the authorities and the media paint the events of July 18th as the work of a lone white anarchist. The communities that stood against white supremacists, the true “outside agitators,” that day did so on their terms, to defend their city. If that means calling friends for help, so be it.

Towards a world without white supremacy,
The Defend Steve Support Committee

Plz circulate and donate to Steve’s support fund:

http://www.gofundme.com/e6b3tukuc

Keep Updated:

www.facebook.com/defendsteve

A Sample of the Smearing being done in the media:

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article29632162.html

A Crowdfunding site for eco-defense prisoner , Krow!

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from: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/811D5c

Thank you for supporting Krow! This Eco-Warrior has been in custody in the Iron County WI Jail since early February 2015 for standing up to Goegebic Taconite which was trying to level the ancient Penokee hills to creat the world’s largest taconite mine. While the mine has been stopped due to immense public pressure and the overwhelming scientific evidence supporting environmentalist and Native activist’s claims about the pristine nature of the surrounding wetlands, Krow still is in great need of support. Between the lawyer legal fees and fines Krow is looking at a pretty hefty bill to pay raking close to nine grand.

Krow created a “Rad Enviro Fund” below which breaks down the percentage of your donation here. If you wish to donate just to Krow’s legal fees be sure to write that down.

1.) 40% for my (Katie Kloth) legal fees (& some envelopes for correspondence and phone calls)

2.) 40% for the womyn warrior project, which entails: A. Utilizes ‘resources’ for forest/ecological defense in the Northwest Great Lakes Bioregion (NWGLB) Utilize finds to procurement mycellium for mycorediatory direct action projects in NWGLB. Finish “The ethnobotany of (the) Penokee Hills” zine/book nd host a womyn-oriented (queer and trans inclusive) rad gathering and skills shre in the spring of 2016 in the NWGLB (Time and Location TBA)

3.) 10% to the production of EarthFirst! Journal

4.) 10% to the non-religious house-less shelter project in Ashland, WI

Listed below are a few different steps and ideas on ways to send support to Krow. In these hard times we know everyone doesn’t always have money to give but your support or thoughts go a long way as well!

Write Krow a letter:

Katie Kloth
300 Taconite Street
Suite 226
Hurley, WI 54534

All letters must have Katie Kloth written and not Krow Kloth or they will not be received.

All letters must have a return address as well. You can also support Krow through sending them books and periodicals from “reputable” online sites such as amazon and ebay.

B.) Support Krow’s Legal fees and Projects through Fundrazr

In the struggle and for the wild-

Penokee Defenders

From Abdullah Majid: legal defense funds needed

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“Peace

I want to first thank you for your support of political prisoners in the u.s.a. You like many others who write, ask what can you do to help me in my present circumstances? In fact there is something you can do at
this time to aid me in my freedom. Presently a Defense Committee has been established and we are trying to raise funds for my legal defense. I have an attorney as well as an investigator who has recently joined our team.

The assistance most needed at this time is funds to pay for expenses in which we incur for documents and investigative work by our investigator. Those wishing to help can do so by organizing fund raisers, there is no
amount that is to small or to large. And your help is most appreciated and welcome. Funds may be sent to the following”

Abdullah Majid Freedom Campaign
P.O. Box 1274
Bronx, N.Y. 10467
(718) 512 5008
info @ abdullahmajid.com

Please make checks or money orders payable to the N.Y.C. Jericho Committee. Please specify what it’s for (i.e. legal defense).

NOTE: Do not send funds to me directly, all funds should be sent to the above address

Great news! Marius Mason is out of the S.H.U !

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From Free Marius Mason:

We have good news! Marius was transferred out of the SHU (or Special Housing Unit) on Saturday, August 1st, after nearly a month and a half of solitary confinement.

At this time, we do not know how the alleged violation cited by prison officials as the basis for his punishment will affect Marius in the long term, but we do know that in addition to the time he spent in the SHU, more restrictions have been placed on him that further limit his already limited life in the Administration Unit at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.

While we are overjoyed that Marius is out of the terrible and dispiriting world of solitary confinement, we cannot forget where Marius is—prison. The Administration Unit at Carswell is gymnasium-sized, holds up to 20 prisoners, and is frequently and unpredictably locked down for hours on end due to violence and suicide attempts resulting from the claustrophobic and oppressive conditions.

We urge all of you to write Marius a letter or drop a line with a postcard. Your solidarity matters!

M Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127