Brent Betterly is out of prison. Release fund almost there!

brentbetterlyBrent Betterly of the NATO 3 was paroled according to the Illinois DOC. Please take a minute to donate to his post release fund. The $1500 goal is almost met!

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On May 16th, 2012, just prior to the NATO summit in Chicago, three Occupy activists were arrested and eventually charged with 11 felony counts, including four under the never-before-used Illinois terrorism statute. Brian “Jacob” Church, Brent Betterly, and Maya Chase (formerly Jared Chase) came to be known as the NATO 3. The case went to trial in January of 2014, and the NATO 3 were acquitted of all of the terrorism charges. Unfortunately, the jury found them guilty of two felonies each—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. They were given sentences ranging from 5 to 8 years.

Brent Betterly is the second of the three to be released. He is scheduled to rejoin us on April 16th. Please donate to his release fund to help ease the transition after 3 years behind bars. Donations are needed to help pay for Brent’s living expenses while he works to get back on his feet during the immediate aftermath of his incarceration. Brent is also the father of a small child who lives several states away and needs funds to help remain in contact with him.

If you’d like to write to Maya, whose release date is scheduled for May of 2016, please address letters to Maya Chase and address envelopes to:
Jared Chase
M44710
2600 N. Brinton Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

For more information,
freethenato3@gmail.com
http://freethenato3.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-the-NATO-3/172345546229824
http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/prison-release-fund-for-brent-betterly/308054

Introducing Maya Chase, formerly Jared Chase of the NATO 3

FREE THE NATO 3:

The prisoner we have been supporting as Jared Chase is ready to let her supporters and comrades know that she is a trans woman who prefers to be called Maya and uses she/her/hers pronouns. She also wants to go vegan, although she is currently not able to receive adequate nutrition in general, much less according to her ethical decisions.

She wrote us recently to say:

“I am writing to tell you all and the world that I am a TransGender woman. All of my life I have always identified as a woman. After 30 years I am finally done hiding, pretending to be something I’m not.”

Communicating with Maya has been difficult, in large part due to repression she is suffering on the inside. As such, we do not have an up-to-date report on her well-being at this time. We will keep you updated about how she is doing and about any opportunities to advocate for her as we learn more.

She will need even more support than before as she tries to get her needs met as a transgender, vegan political prisoner with serious medical needs. An easy way to support her is to write to her (note that her state name will need to be used on the outside of the envelope):

Jared Chase
M44710
2600 N. Brinton Ave
Dixon, IL 61021

Donations to support Maya and Brent Betterly, the other defendant still incarcerated, can be made at:

http://www.payitsquare.com/collect-page/29941

Brent Betterly could use some letters of support as well:

Brent Betterly
M44724
4017 E. 2603 Road
Sheridan, IL 60551

Jacob Church was released to a half-way house last November and continues to search for housing and employment while facing harassment from the probation system. Donations for his support can be made at https://www.youcaring.com/JacobChurch. If you have any insight into jobs or housing opportunities in the Chicago area, please contact us at free.the.nato3(A)gmail.com.

Jacob Church of Nato 3 getting out of prison and needs your help!

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http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/prison-release-fund-for-jacob-church/232093

On May 16th, 2012, just prior to the NATO summit in Chicago, three Occupy
activists were arrested and eventually charged with 11 felony counts,
including four under the never-before-used Illinois terrorism statute. Brian
“Jacob” Church, Brent Betterly, and Jared Chase came to be known as the NATO
3. The case went to trial in January of 2014, and the NATO 3 were acquitted of
all of the terrorism charges. Unfortunately, the jury found them guilty of two
felonies each—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. They were given sentences ranging from 5 to 8 years.

Jacob is the first of the three to be released. He is scheduled to return to
us in early November! Please donate to his release fund to help ease the
transition after 2 and a half years behind bars. Donations are needed to help
pay for Jacob’s living expenses while he works to get back on his feet during
the immediate aftermath of his incarceration. – See more at:
http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/prison-release-fund-for-jacob-church/232093#sthash.Hhj2W2qs.dpuf

Background at https://freethenato3.wordpress.com/about/