Support Krow! / Prisoner and Legal Support Project Started for the Penokees

From Penokee Defenders:

A new anti-mining project has been started in Wisconsin called “Penokee Defenders.” The goal of this project is to disseminate information and analysis pertaining to the struggle against the proposed Penokee Hills Iron Mine and gather the much needed material and community support for all comrades facing charges in this fight to protect the earth.

Support Krow and All Who Defend the Penokees!

Katie Kloth, aka “Krow”, is an anarchist, artist, forager, sustainable farmer, and biologist who has been committed to struggles to protect the environment and liberate all life for many years, and has spent the last several years organizing against the proposed Penokee mine. On June 11th, 2013, she was cited by the Iron County Sherriff for theft due to her alleged involvement in a protest earlier that day that disrupted bore hole drilling on the Penokee Range. According to media reports, while barricades were erected on the access road, a hydraulic lift for the drilling equipment was damaged, tires were slashed, equipment was pitched into the woods and a camera and phone belonging to a Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) employee was taken by a protester (the camera was actually found in the woods later). It is reported that several Police SUV’s entering the mining site bottomed out over the barricades and generally rough terrain, requiring the services of the tow truck to get their vehicles out. The Iron County Sheriffs Department alleged that Krow was responsible for the theft of the camera, but because it was considered such a minor crime, she was neither booked nor processed, or even detained that day.

On June 21st, it was announced that the Iron County District Attorney increased the charges to robbery with use of force (a class E felony), two counts of criminal damage to property and one charge of theft of movable property (<=$2500). It is apparent that the prosecutor gave into outside political pressure and that the charges were amped up. The state legislature and powerful mining corporations seek to make an example out of anyone who dares to step out of line. Her court date is July 8th, 10:30AM and it is likely that she will be required to post bail. Please consider donating to the bail fund available on the page and if you can, PACK THE COURT in her support.

As one prisoner support group states: ‘When those in power are challenged, they inevitably turn to violent repression and imprisonment to maintain their interests. In order to avoid defeat, movements must become organized and capable of combating the repression of the state apparatus, and they must be able to support their comrades and allies in the event that they are arrested or imprisoned. Few would commit themselves to a movement that would leave them behind prison walls, or a movement that is incapable of sustaining itself in the face of state intimidation.’

We must support Krow and all those that suffer from state repression for protecting the water! ‘No mine’ means supporting those that defend the land! The WePay page for the bail/legal fund can be found here.

Statement from Krow, sent June 26, 2013:

“Those who fight against the destruction of the water, land, plants, and human and non-human animals of the Penokee Hills and Bad River Watershed are not ‘terrorists.’ The only terrorists are those who plot to blow up the hills with ammonium nitrate and use the power of the state’s policing apparatus to repress and send fear and division through the communities that oppose them. Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) and Chris Cline have millions of dollars and the support of the state to destroy the Penokees.

“In these struggles, the police are never ‘on our side,’ because they are NOT employed to enforce what is “moral” or “right” by a utilitarian standard, the are only employed to enforce the law. The law is determined by those who have enough money to buy the legislature. The police protect the people with the most money and if individual officers decide otherwise, they will likely lose their job. Because they are “just doing their job” we must understand that they will always be here to protect GTAC, not us.

“With the help of the media, GTAC is trying to tear apart the movement of those who want to save the Hills and protect the water, but we must strive to stay united, keep criticisms of tactics internal to “the movement” and keep the wider focus on those that want to destroy the precious water, not those that are fighting to defend it. We must support each other, hold G-TAC accountable for their egregious acts against our mother Earth. Earth is our home and we must act to defend it. Regardless of the diversity of tactics that will be used, we need to show solidarity with all who strive to stop the Penokee mine, and focus on just that, stopping the Penokee mine.”

-Krow

Anonymous: Jeremy Hammond’s statement on accepting non-cooperating plea agreement

From Free Jeremy:

Today I pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This was a very difficult decision. I hope this statement will explain my reasoning. I believe in the power of the truth. In keeping with that, I do not want to hide what I did or to shy away from my actions. This non-cooperating plea agreement frees me to tell the world what I did and why, without exposing any tactics or information to the government and without jeopardizing the lives and well-being of other activists on and offline.

During the past 15 months I have been relatively quiet about the specifics of my case as I worked with my lawyers to review the discovery and figure out the best legal strategy. There were numerous problems with the government’s case, including the credibility of FBI informant Hector Monsegur. However, because prosecutors stacked the charges with inflated damages figures, I was looking at a sentencing guideline range of over 30 years if I lost at trial. I have wonderful lawyers and an amazing community of people on the outside who support me. None of that changes the fact that I was likely to lose at trial. But, even if I was found not guilty at trial, the government claimed that there were eight other outstanding indictments against me from jurisdictions scattered throughout the country. If I had won this trial I would likely have been shipped across the country to face new but similar charges in a different district. The process might have repeated indefinitely. Ultimately I decided that the most practical route was to accept this plea with a maximum of a ten year sentence and immunity from prosecution in every federal court.

Now that I have pleaded guilty it is a relief to be able to say that I did work with Anonymous to hack Stratfor, among other websites. Those others included military and police equipment suppliers, private intelligence and information security firms, and law enforcement agencies. I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors. I did what I believe is right.

I have already spent 15 months in prison. For several weeks of that time I have been held in solitary confinement. I have been denied visits and phone calls with my family and friends. This plea agreement spares me, my family, and my community a repeat of this grinding process.

I would like to thank all of my friends and supporters for their amazing and ongoing gestures of solidarity. Today I am glad to shoulder the responsibility for my actions and to move one step closer to daylight.

Jeremy Hammond

Angola 3: Albert Woodfox has conviction overturned for a third time

albert,hermanFrom Angola 3 News:

Today, February 26, District Court Judge Brady released a 34-page ruling that granted habeas to Albert on the issue of racial discrimination in the selection of the grand jury foreperson for his 1998 retrial. This decision now overturns Albert’s conviction for a third time.

In the 34-page ruling, Judge Brady reviews the arguments of both sides and concludes that Albert’s team used the correct baseline for comparison, and that using that baseline, the discrimination is statistically significant no matter which tests are used. It was the State’s burden in these proceedings to prove that there was a race neutral procedure in place for selecting forepersons. Judge Brady agreed with Albert that the State failed to do this.

Just as when Judge Brady overturned Albert’s conviction in 2008, the State is now expected to appeal today’s ruling to the 5th Circuit. Therefore, nothing is certain except that the legal team and A3 supporters will not stop fighting until this ruling is affirmed by the 5th Circuit and Albert is finally a free man.

This is an important victory, thanks in no small part to the efforts of our supporters!

As we learn more, we will post updates here, so please check back for more information about Albert’s case. For more background, this is our report from the evidentiary hearing that preceded today’s ruling.

(View/Download a PDF of Judge Brady’s ruling here.)

All Charges Against Alex Sanchez Dropped

On behalf of my family, community and close friends I extend the gratitude to all the people who have stood next to me and believed from the beginning that this case was a distraction from the work that has been the focus of Homies Unidos. I want to thank the We Are Alex campaign who created chapters in San Francisco New York, Los Angeles and the DC area, with out you speaking out and outraged by my arrest I would not have been able to have fought my case while on bail. Special thanks to all that trusted in me enough to put their homes and sureties that totaled the $2,000,000 bail. And to all that send letters of support and wrote to me while I was in prison for those seven months. I will treasure those moments eternally.

We have not stopped the work, which is greatly needed in our community, but our funding has suffered since my indictment. We expect that we will get more support for the programs which have been reduced significantly since the dismissal of the indictment.

I will look back at this day and will be forever grateful of all who stood firmly next to me in this extremely difficult time and provided support to my family when they most needed it. I have taken my work seriously and with integrity and will continue to do so in the years ahead.

Judge Dale Fischer dismissed all charges without prejudice which gives the government until late March to refill charges. We expect the Government to do the right thing and not refill as they did on December 18 by recommending the dismissal of all charges after reviewing what the initial prosecutors had done to get the indictment.

We will rebuild Homies Unidos!!!!!!!

Alex Sanchez

Asheville 11: 3 plead guilty to misdemeanors, rest to have charges dropped

From Anarchist News:

Some final chapters to the ‘Asheville 11′ saga

On December 20th of this year 3 co-defendants from the 11 plead guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor Riot charge in exchange for time served and restitution. The remaining co-defendants are required to complete a number of hours of community service as well as pay restitution and their charges will be dropped completely. It has been 2 1/2 years since these 11 people were arrested and charged. Many events have transpired inside this case since that night in May. A more comprehensive statement on the end of this case will be forthcoming. For now, let us say once again to all of you that stood behind the accused for so many years; your support and solidarity has been invaluable.

freedom to all who resist,
avl11 support crew

Update on Sergey

From Free Sergey:

Sergey appeared in court today, but in a holding room where the judge can only see them through a TV. Their physical condition, after being in the medical unit, seemed to be not serious, but exactly what their condition is and what they did to them is still not clear.

Some of the charges, including attempted arson, attempt to elude, and obstructing governmental administration, have all been disposed, leaving Sergey with possession of a destructive device (C felony), criminal mischief 2 (A misdemeanor), disorderly conduct 2 (B misdemeanor) and attempted arson 2 (A misdemeanor).

From their partner:

I finally got to talk to Sergey!! They want folks to know that they are holding up well, getting plenty to eat, doing lots of yoga, drawing lots of pictures, and making life-inspiring friends among other inmates. They ask that folks send any good books, zines, and drawings to them and thank everyone for their continued incredibly gracious support and were really cheered up by the show of support at the arraignment today. They also said that it’d be cool if people sent us (me/support blogs/etc.) cool drawings in solidarity to make an art blog out of.

You can write to Sergey at:

Sergey Turzhanskiy
#768738
MCIJ (Inverness Jail)
11540 NE Inverness Dr
Portland, OR 97220

We Are Made of St(a)r Stuff – Statement by Leah-Lynn Plante

From Leah’s Tumblr
On the morning of July 25th, 2012, my life was turned upside down in a matter of hours. FBI agents from around Washington and Oregon and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents from Washington busted down the front door of my house with a battering ram, handcuffed my house mates and me at gunpoint, and held us hostage in our backyard while they read us a search warrant and ransacked our home. They said it was in connection to May Day vandalism that occurred in Seattle, Washington earlier this year. However, we suspected that this was not really about broken windows. As if they had taken pointers from Orwell’s 1984, they took books, artwork and other various literature as “evidence” as well as many other personal belongings even though they seemed to know that nobody there was even in Seattle on May Day. While we know that knowledge is powerful, we suspected that nobody used rolled up copies of the Stumptown Wobbly to commit property damage. We saw this for what it was. They are trying to investigate anarchists and persecute them for their beliefs. This is a fishing expedition. This is a witch hunt. Since then, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, we have learned that this Grand jury was convened on March 2nd, 2012, two months before the May Day vandalism even took place.

I was served a subpoena to testify before a Grand Jury on August 2nd, a week later. I hastily packed my life up into boxes, got rid of almost all of my personal belongings in preparation of incarceration. I was dismissed that day after refusing to testify and re-subpoenaed for August 30th, which was pushed back to September 13th. In that time I did a lot of self care, got my affairs in order and got advice from other people who have either resisted Grand Juries, gone to prison or both. I returned to the Grand Jury on September 13th where I was granted immunity. When you are granted immunity, you lose your right to remain silent and can be thrown into prison for civil contempt. Between consulting with my attorney and an hour long recess, I narrowly avoided a contempt hearing simply because they ran out of time. I was dismissed and was told I would receive my 4th subpoena. I walked out of the courthouse just in time to witness Matthew Kyle Duran, my fellow resister, being taken away to prison in a police van. It broke my heart to watch them kidnap an amazing and strong person and take him away from his friends and loved ones. Katherine “Kteeo” Olejnik has met a similar fate for refusing to testify on September 27th. Right now, Matt and Kteeo are both sitting in prison cells for doing nothing but remaining silent. I have nothing but love and admiration for them both and I know that thousands of others feel the same. On the drive home that night my brain felt like it was short circuiting. A few days later, I received notice that my next subpoena was for October 10th. They also notified my lawyer that they were preparing for a contempt hearing.

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