Update on Amelia Nicol

Anarchist prisoner Amelia Nicol had her sentencing hearing today, October 1st, in Denver County Court. She had been found guilty on August 21, 2012 of Criminal Trespass, Assault on an officer, and Resisting Arrest. All charges stemmed from a raid on an alleged squat in the Jefferson Park Neighborhood of Denver in October of 2011.

Amelia was sentenced today to 2 sentences of 1 year imprisonment each, both ordered to run concurrently. She was granted time served of 345 days, and the judge ordered that she could be released immediately, pending meeting and intake into probation, of which she is to serve 2 years.

It is our understanding that Amelia will be released by tomorrow afternoon.

Any further updates will be posted once we get them.

Prisoner Additions

We have added two new entries to our prisoner listing, both anarchists currently serving jail time in the United States.

Amelia Nicol
Jeremy Hawthorne

We will be updating our listing to also include arrestees from the recent NATO summit, the Cleveland 5, and other prisoners of recent state repression.

In continued solidarity!


Denver police lose in court again! Amelia Nicol’s final charges dismissed!

DA admits fear of losing at trial

It’s been a long 5 months for Amelia Nicol, a 21 year old woman from Colorado who became infamous across the region after gracing the front pages of news websites and blogs. Amelia was accused of throwing a molotov cocktail at local police (some media sites even claimed it was a pipe bomb) during the aftermath of a demonstration against Denver police on May 6th. Amelia was arrested and charged with 2 counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer in the first degree, one count of use of explosives, one count of possession of explosives, one count of second-degree arson, one count of criminal mischief, one count of inciting a riot, two counts of attemped third-degree assault, and one count of resisting arrest.

These seven felony and three misdemeanor charges threatened to send Amelia to prison for over 100 years. A woman who turned 21 inside a jail cell over Memorial Day Weekend faced the rest of her life in prison.

Amelia’s arrest must be placed into a greater context of a social struggle against the police that has been growing and developing in Denver over the past year and a half. In July 2010, Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher, was murdered by Denver County Sheriff’s Deputies while he was held prisoner inside the Van Cise-Simonett Detention Center in downtown Denver. Marvin, refusing to be separated from his shoes, valued among the few possessions he owned, was tazed, beaten, placed into chokeholds, kicked, and punched by five deputies. He died after they placed him face down into a jail cell. Other prisoners had to notify the deputies that he had stopped breathing.
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Amelia Nicol’s final charges dismissed! Victory in the courtroom!

Today, Thursday September 15th, Amelia was scheduled for a discovery hearing for her ongoing legal case. To the surprise of everyone in attendance, the hearing did not take place as scheduled. Instead the prosecution filed a motion for dismissal of the remaining charges, citing the fear that not enough evidence existed to win a trial. Amelia’s charges were dismissed by the judge, her bond released, and the possibility of prison time lifted from her head.

Amelia won in court. Our movement won in court. A more detailed account will be forthcoming.

We still have two comrades facing charges from a different anti-police demonstration. They face trial on October 12th for a host of misdemeanor charges. Please mark your calendar and plan on packing the courthouse to show support! An injury to one is an injury to all!


Update #6 on Amelia Nicol

Update #6 on Amelia Nicol

DABC NOTE: Sorry for the long delayed update on Amelia’s court hearing that took place Monday June 27th. Things have been super busy in Denver, especially as folks gear up for Running Down the Walls on July 30th.

Amelia Nicol, the arrestee from the May 6th March Against Police Terror, had a second arraignment on Monday June 27th in courtroom 5G of the Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse in downtown Denver. During the short public hearing, supporters crowded the court room to show solidarity with Amelia as she continues to face one felony charge of possession of explosives, two misdemeanor counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, and one misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

During the arraignment, Amelia’s attorney waived the right of a public reading of the charges, and continued to push for a resolution to this case before the end of the speedy trial period, which would occur in December.

A discovery hearing was scheduled for August 22nd at 8:30 am in the same courtroom. At the discovery hearing, the prosecution will present any evidence they will present at the trial, and after hearing arguments from both sides, the judge will rule as to what evidence may or may not be admissible in court. This will be an important and interesting hearing for those who attend, as we will finally have a full picture of all the evidence in the case (of which we are certain, after the preliminary hearing on June 9th where over half of Amelia’s charges were dismissed by a judge, that little, if any, evidence exists.)

A trial date was set for Tuesday October 4, at 8:30 am in the same courtroom. If the case is not resolved by October 4, Amelia will face a jury trial for the felony and three misdemeanor counts.

In other news related to this case, an ad-hoc coalition has called for another march against police terror, set for this upcoming Saturday, July 9th. July 9th marks the one year anniversary of the murder of homeless street preacher Marvin Booker at the hands of deputies in the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center. The march will convene at the Denver Skatepark at 20th and Little Raven at 11:30 am. The march will then proceed through downtown to the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, where the Colorado ACLU and local leaders of Denver area black churches will be hosting a memorial service for Reverend Booker.

In other Denver ABC news, if you live in the Front Range area, Denver ABC will be hosting our annual Running Down the Walls 5k solidarity run on Saturday July 30th. We’re looking for runners, volunteers, and donors. More information can be found at: https://denverabc.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/running-down-the-walls-2011/

For case updates and news on state repression worldwide, continue to check the Denver ABC blog at denverabc.wordpress.com.

Thanks to all the comrades across the world who have stood in solidarity with Amelia! Big ups and solidarity to comrades in France, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Greece, New York, and all those in other countries, cities, villages, and communities who have staged solidarity actions!

In solidarity, for a world without cages!


Monday morning: Stand with Amelia Nicol!

Monday, June 27 · 8:00am – 11:00am
Courtroom 5G, Lindsey Flanigan Courthouse
520 W. Colfax (Colfax and Elati)
Denver, Colorado

Anti-police terror defendant Amelia Nicol has her next court date set for Monday June 27th, in Courtroom 5G in the Lindsey Flanigan Courthouse (the new courthouse, at Colfax and Elati in the same complex as the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center)

We are calling on all freedom and justice loving people to stand with her as she is arraigned on her remaining charges, including a felony charge of possession of explosives, and two misdemeanor counts of third degree assault on a police officer.

Though the major felonies were dismissed by a judge earlier this month, she still faces significant time in prison for these remaining charges.

Let’s pack the courtroom and show solidarity with Amelia as she continues to fight these atrocious charges!

An injury to one is an injury to all. The attack on Amelia is an attack on the broader movements in Denver that have been working to combat police terror in our neighborhoods and communities.

We hope to see you Monday morning!

Update #5 on Amelia Nicol

On Monday June 13, Amelia joined friends and comrades on the outside after being jailed for 38 days.

She is currently out on bond, and will have another court hearing on June 27th, to face arraignment for the remaining felony and three misdemeanor charges that she is facing.

We at Denver ABC are overjoyed that Amelia is out of jail and amongst folks that care about her and her continued struggle. We want to send a resounding thank you to everyone who has supported Amelia, by contributing monetary donations, sending mail to her in jail, writing letters to the DA, attending the press conference and court dates, or fighting against predatory political, economic, and social systems across the world.

We’re still in major need of funds, as Amelia’s bond money came in the form of a short term loan. Amelia will need prolonged support and help from folks in Denver and beyond as she continues to fight this legal battle.

If you can make a donation, please consider doing so!

Funds can be mailed to:

Denver ABC
c/o P&L Printing
2727 W. 27th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

Checks and money orders can be made payable to P&L Printing

Or, funds can be sent via paypal to plpress@riseup.net

We would also encourage folks to organize benefit shows or other efforts to help support Amelia and the work of Denver ABC. We can send you a package of outreach materials about Amelia’s case and the cases of other prisoners we support. Contact us at denverabc@rocketmail.com if you are interested in getting some of these materials mailed to you.

You can also order copies (bulk or individual) of “Denver Fights Back” a new zine published by P&L Press available at plpress.bigcartel.com. All proceeds from the sale of this zine go to benefit Amelia’s legal fund.

In other related news, Denver ABC is in the midst of organizing a continental gathering of folks active in Anarchist Black Cross chapters set for August here in Denver. We’re currently raising funds for this effort as well. Funds will be used to help bring former prisoners, including Bo Brown, Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, and Ramona Africa, to Denver for this conference.

If you’re interested in donating to this effort, you can send funds the same way as mentioned above, but please write “ABC Conference” in the memo line. You can also purchase a canvas reproduction print of an amazing portrait of Marilyn Buck from P&L Press at plpress.bigcartel.com. All sales of this print will be donated to the ABC Conference efforts.

We thank you immensely for your support of Amelia and the work of Denver ABC! For a world without cops, borders, bosses, or politicians!

Your comrades at Denver ABC

Below is a message from Amelia to all of those who have shown her, and continue to show her, support:

The court hearing on June 9th was a great victory for everyone who has been involved in this case, and I have been released on bond thanks to all of the hard work from all of the people who have been supporting this case; especially the people at Denver ABC who have put in an enormous amount of time and effort to see that not only this case, but other cases like it are seen, heard, and therefore part of a growing movement for true freedom for everyone who is standing up against the daily injustice that we all face in the existence of police forces.

I feel privileged to be able to be a part of a movement that has been building for centuries; one that is in constant continuation in all of us who choose to stand up together against capitalism and the rule of government that has been instigated over us. Thank you for your continued support in this case and I encourage you to write to me (I loved all of your letters) at elephantamelia@gmail.com

I am fortunate to call you comrades.

Amelia Nicol


Update #4 on Amelia Nicol, anti-police terror prisoner: Most charges thrown out!!

Update #4 on Amelia Nicol, Anti-Police Terror Prisoner
Denver, CO
by Denver Anarchist Black Cross

There have been some major developments within Amelia’s case. Amelia had a pretrial hearing today, on June 9. A pretrial hearing allows for a judge to hear the evidence, and decide whether there is sufficient evidence for a defendant to stand trial for the charges that have been filed. In this case, as detailed below, the judge made some pretty strong rulings in favor of Amelia.

As of the writing of this reportback, the judge in the case, Judge Andrew S. Armatas, has thrown out nearly all of the felonies that Amelia was facing, including both charges of attempted first degree murder, the charge of arson, the charge of inciting a riot, an amended charge of participating in a riot, and a charge of felony criminal mischief. Amelia is left facing a single felony charge of possession of an explosive, and three misdemeanor charges: one count of resisting arrest and two counts of attempted assault on a police officer.

These developments are amazingly good news for Amelia, but the fight is far from over. Amelia has made a decision to accept being bonded out at this point, as her bond has been reduced to $5,000. We hope to be able to raise the whole amount and avoid a bondsmen, and hope to have her out by next week. We really need donations to make this possible, as we may be taking out some loans or calling in some favors to make this happen. Furthermore, since Amelia was homeless when she was arrested, she will be needing a place to stay and money for food, clothing and other needs. The local movement here will surely help her out to any degree we can, but any additional funds would be extremely helpful. Please send any monetary donations to:

Denver ABC
2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D
Denver, CO 80211
Checks should be made payable to P&L Printing with “Amelia” written in the memo line.

Thus far, nearly all donations that have been raised have gone to pay for phone calls (averaging $15 per call), stamps, envelopes and paper. A big thanks to everyone who has donated to us so far!

Amelia is going to be in court again for an arraignment on the four charges that remain on June 27th at 8:30 am in courtroom 2T. She still faces one felony, and we will work tirelessly until she can beat this case.
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Update #3 on Amelia Nicol, Anti-Police Terror Prisoner

Update #3 on Amelia Nicole, Anti-Police Terror Prisoner
Denver, CO
by Denver Anarchist Black Cross

As Amelia’s next court date approaches, support efforts have started to solidify locally. We’ve been able to have fairly consistent telephone contact with Amelia over the last week. As it stands, Amelia has been moved to solitary confinement within the jail, caged in her cell for 23 hours each day, with one hour for phone calls, recreation, and any sort of co-mingling with other human beings.

Amelia has been receiving tons of mail from across the country, and is very appreciative of everyone who has written her. She has promised that as soon as her stamp and envelope package arrives (it was mailed by DABC over 9 days ago), she will write to every single person she has received a letter from.

Denver ABC will be hosting a press conference and rally outside of Denver DA Mitch Morrissey’s office on Wednesday June 8th at 2pm. If you are in the Denver area, your presence would be greatly helpful and appreciated. The address for the DA’s office is 201 W. Colfax, the Webb Building downtown.

Amelia has court again on Thursday June 9th at 8:30 am in courtroom 2100 at the Van Cise Simonet Detention Center at Colfax and Elati downtown. We’re asking supporters to pack the courtroom and make a visible presence outside with banners, signs, etc.

This next hearing will be a hearing on bond (though Amelia has demanded to not be bonded out) and also should be a hearing where the prosecution will present their initial evidence and case to the judge. This could be a hearing where charges would be added or dropped, or where the judge could dismiss the case if the prosecution does not offer enough evidence. We’ll keep our fingers crossed, although we know that the courtroom is the weakest venue for justice that we have.
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Denver, Tonight! DABC Monthly Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Just a reminder that tonight, (The first Wednesday of the month) DABC will host our monthly political prisoner letter writing night.

Wed. June 1, 6:30pm
Denver ABC’s Monthly Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night
“Political Prisoner and POW Dads and Amelia Nicol”
27 Social Centre, 2727 W. 27th Ave Unit D, Denver

Join Denver ABC for our monthly letter writing night for political prisoners and movement prisoners of war being held captive in the United States. This month we will focus on dads being held from their families and children, in honor of Father’s Day. We will also be writing letters of support to Amelia Nicol, a local woman arrested at the May 6th Anti-Police Terror demonstration here in Denver.

Everything you need is provided, including pens, paper, envelopes, addresses, stamps, and even dinner! Bring your friends and family for a free meal and night of writing cards and letters to our comrades held in cages across the country!