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Mark Neiweem aka Migs, part of the group known to many of us as the NATO 5, is suffering horrible abuses in prison. He is scheduled for release in November but the Illinois Department of Corrections has chosen to throw a wrench into that plan. A case is being made to detain Migs for 2 more years because he is an admitted Anarchist. Yes, you read that correctly.

Migs has been in solitary confinement for some time and all he is asking for is postcards with pictures of the outside world.

I remember when Migs was in Cook County Jail prior to taking a plea deal. I was heartbroken to see that he was violently beaten while in solitary confinement and obviously, that happened only by the hands of prison guards.

Please join us in one of the biggest postcard blitzes we can put together for Migs. I would like to begin this postcard blitz today and continue it for one month but we need your help. This case has been political from day 1 and now, to increase jail time for drawing or possessing an Anarchist logo is literally sickening and sets a horrible precedence. Anarchism is not a gang! Join us in showing Migs that he is never forgotten.

Please read the following article: http://my.firedoglake.com/kitoconnell/2013/08/22/99-gang-signs/

For info on the NATO 5 cases: http://nato5support.wordpress.com/

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204777486351131/

Mark Neiweem
M36200
Pontiac Correctional Center
PO Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764


Gerald “Jerry” Koch, a New York City anarchist and legal activist, has been subpoenaed for the second time to a federal grand jury investigating the same event. In 2009, Jerry was subpoenaed for the first time and refused to testify. Today, as in 2009, the grand jury is being used to conduct a witch hunt against anarchists and political radicals. In refusing to testify, Jerry risks being held in contempt of court and faces incarceration in a federal prison for the duration of the grand jury, which could be up to 18 months.

Under the guise of an exploratory legal investigation, the grand jury is a secretive tool of repression that aims to intimidate and punish those who refuse to collaborate with the State. There is a long history of grand juries being used whenever the State focuses on a new “enemy”: they were used in the 1950s during the “Red Scare,” in the 1960s against the Black Panthers, and more recently against environmental and animal rights groups in what became known as the “Green Scare.”

This grand jury, like the ongoing targeting of anarchists in the Pacific Northwest, is part of a new, escalating wave of repression against anarchists nationwide, who are being persecuted specifically for their political beliefs and practices. It is no coincidence that the government would try to silence Jerry, as he has been an effective and tireless legal advocate for anarchists, Occupy Wall Street protesters, and others expressing political dissent. Jerry was the person everyone could count on to be waiting for them outside of jail, to support them in the courtroom, and to help with their legal defense. Although Jerry knew he would be in the crosshairs of the State for providing much needed legal support to hundreds of political activists, no one expected that the state would retaliate with a second subpoena. It is clear that the State’s goal is not just to pressure Jerry into informing on the radical community, but to take away someone who is an integral part of our community–someone who makes us all stronger.

By refusing to collaborate with the grand jury once again, Jerry demonstrates his great personal integrity, commitment, and support for the radical community. It is now our turn to stand by Jerry and show him the support and solidarity he deserves. It is time to send a message that, no matter how many times they come after us, we, like Jerry, will refuse to cooperate and to bargain for our freedom at the expense of our friends’ liberty.

 

Gerald Koch #68631-054
MCC New York
Metropolitan Correctional Center
150 Park Row
New York, NY 10007

 

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/JerryResists

 Update:  We are so pleased to report that Daniel has been returned to the halfway house and one step closer to returning home.  Congratulations Daniel.  Thank you for your bravery and your strength. – Update to article written 4/4/2013:  Daniel McGowan may soon be released from jail and returned to the Half way house! – Via the Huffington post,  Tracy Rivers, a residential reentry manager for the BOP in New York, told HuffPost Friday morning, “We are reviewing this case to determine if the actions that were taken were appropriate.” This is great news!  Congratulations to Daniel and his wife.  We hope that he will soon be able to return home and start his life.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/05/daniel-mcgowan-jailing_n_3021613.html

Daniel McGowan is an environmentalist and an activist.  He was arrested and charged in Federal court on multiple counts of arson and conspiracy related to the arson of Superior Lumber company in Glendale Oregon on January 2, 2001 and Jefferson Poplar Farms also in Oregon on May 21, 2001.  He was facing a minimum of life in prison if convicted on all counts.  He accepted a non-cooperating plea agreement on November 9, 2006.  A terrorism enhancement was applied to his sentence.  This arrest was part of an FBI organized project known as Operation Backfire.    Operation Backfired was designed to target environmental and animal rights activists.

On June 4, 2007 Daniel McGowan was sentenced to 7 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.9 million in restitution.    He was incarcerated in the highly restrictive Communications Management Unit at the United States Penitentiary Marion until October, 2010 when a request for transfer to general population was granted.  For reasons never explained, he was transferred 4 months later to another Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute, Indiana.  In March, 2010, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of multiple prisoners, including Daniel.

On December 11, 2012, Daniel was released to a half way house in New York City.  Daniel himself has worked with prison support groups.

We have just been informed that Daniel was denied a pass to go to work in the last several days.  According to information given, this denial came from the Bureau of Prisons.  When Daniel followed up regarding this denial, he was told it was not merely a denial of a work pass but a restriction on all movement.  When asked it that meant that he would receive a visit from Federal Marshals, the halfway house administrators told him they did not know.   Shortly thereafter, Daniel was taken back into custody and placed back in prison.  There is speculation that the reason for his imprisonment is directly related to an article that Daniel recently wrote for the Huffington Post.  An Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights has visited Daniel at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

Daniel desperately needs your letters.  We ask that you do whatever you can to get this man some attention and some support.  Daniel was given a short taste of even limited freedom before it was stripped from him.   One cannot imagine how he must be feeling at this time.

Daniel McGowan

#63794-053

PO Box 329002

Brooklyn, NY  11232

 On May 19, 2012, five men were arrested in Tinley Park, a suburb of Chicago, for allegedly assaulting a number of white supremacist organizers in a restaurant. One of the alleged “Victims” was arrested on warrants for child pornography and another was arrested for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Each of the Tinley Park 5 have accepted a non-cooperating plea bargain and have been transferred from Cook County jail to facilities where they will serve the remainder of their sentences ranging from 3.5 to 6 years each. These activists have no record of possessing child pornography like the alleged victim. Please write and show your support for these brave young men.

Official Website: http://tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TinleyPark5

Alex Stuck
#M34020
2600 N Brinton Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

Cody Sutherlin
#M34021
13423 E 1150th Avenue
Robinson, IL 62454

Jason W. Sutherlin
#M34023
100 Hillcrest RD
East Moline, IL 61244

John Tucker
#M34024
PO Box 900
Taylorville, IL 62568