Urgent Book Drive for the NATO 5 Starting Today!

Recently, the protective custody unit where Brent Betterly, Brian Jacob Church, and Jared Chase (the NATO 3) are being held in 22-hour lockdown was raided by the guards. Many of their personal possessions—including most of their books—were taken from them. They’ve been stuck in their cells for most of each day since then with precious few reading materials. They’re quickly going through the books they’ve received since then and have been sharing them with other prisoners, but they could use a flood of books from supporters to help them pass the time in lockdown. Additionally, Mark Neiweem is far from home as he serves his sentence after taking a non-cooperating plea agreement and could use more letters and books. (Note: Sebastian Senakiewicz is finishing his boot-camp term and cannot receive books or mail while there.)

We’re calling on all comrades, supporters, and friends to send them books starting today! Brent, Brian, and Jared can each receive 3 paperback books, magazines, or zines per envelope (no newspapers, though). Mark can receive both paperbacks and hardcovers, with no limit on the number of books per package. For all the prisoners, you can mail books to them yourself or have them mailed directly from a publisher or bookstore. If you can’t send books now, you can donate to our support fund so we can get books and mailing supplies: https://www.wepay.com/donations/nato-5-defense.

Not sure what to send them? Brent likes history, science, politically sharp philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Brian is in to fantasy, Star Wars, anything to do with video games, and stuff about the Dark Ages. Jared likes anything to do with technology, sci-fi, fantasy, and history. And Mark likes history, biography, historical fiction, and fiction.

We have also created wishlists for them to help you select titles to send (Mark’s list is still being created):

* Brent’s list: http://amzn.com/w/OM0CON1M3JP8
* Brian’s list: http://amzn.com/w/1CZ84W5M1RCB5
* Jared’s list: http://amzn.com/w/32QR3TML7LLT

These lists are only meant to be helpful guides to selecting books for the defendants. You can purchase the books from local/independent bookstores if you prefer instead of buying them from Amazon. Please email us at nato5solidarity(A)gmail.com to let us know which ones you’re sending which prisoner, though, so we can update their wishlists and avoid duplication. If you order from Amazon or another online retailer, make sure you send the books via USPS since FedEx and UPS may not deliver to the jail.

You can also order books for prisoners at a significant discount (40-50%) from radical publishers AK Press (https://www.akpress.org/) and PM Press (http://www.pmpress.org/). If you ship the books directly to the prisoners, these publishers will apply the discount to the amount they charge on your credit card when they process your order.

Their mailing addresses are:

Brent Betterly
PO Box 089002
Chicago IL 60608

Brian Church
PO Box 089002
Chicago IL 60608

Jared Chase
PO Box 089002
Chicago IL 60608

Mark Neiweem
Pontiac Correctional Center
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764

The books you send will benefit the NATO 5 and the other prisoners in their units, so please send what you can today and keep sending books, magazines, and zines as you are able!

For more information on the case of the NATO 3, please visit http://nato5support.wordpress.com. To keep up-to-date, sign up for our announcements listserv by emailing nato-5-announce-subscribe@lists.riseup.net, find us on Facebook at Free the NATO 5! (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-the-Nato5/172345546229824), and follow us on Twitter @FreeNATO5 (https://twitter.com/FreeNATO5).

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