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Announcement :: Environment
ELP: Support the Eco-Prisoners (May 2006)
27 Apr 2006
Welcome to the May 2006 edition of Spirit of Freedom. With this Editorial I would like to talk about the importance of long-term continued prisoner support. A number of prisoners have recently told ELP that as the initial publicity around their arrests starts to fade so they are seeing a drop in the number of letters they are receiving. This has resulted in some of the prisoners feeling isolated, depressed and forgotten about. As a movement we must never let the prisoners feel forgotten about. We must remind them everyday that they are in our thoughts, in our hearts and we will never abandon them.
ELP: Support the Eco-Prisoners (May 2006)
Spirit of Freedom
EARTH LIBERATION PRISONERS SUPPORT NETWORK
"I want to thank everyone who did whatever to help me out. Sincerely it meant a lot to me and I appreciate it. (Harjit Singh Gill, former Animal Rights Prisoner)
Welcome to the May 2006 edition of Spirit of Freedom. With this Editorial I would like to talk about the importance of long-term continued prisoner support. A number of prisoners have recently told ELP that as the initial publicity around their arrests starts to fade so they are seeing a drop in the number of letters they are receiving. This has resulted in some of the prisoners feeling isolated, depressed and forgotten about. As a movement we must never let the prisoners feel forgotten about. We must remind them everyday that they are in our thoughts, in our hearts and we will never abandon them. ELP urges everyone to please support the prisoners on a regular basis. Even if you dedicate just half an hour a week to sending out a few postcards, this will remind the prisoners they are not forgotten about and they remain within our hearts. It really does mean the world to a prisoner to receive a letter of support, so please, no matter where you are in the world, support the eco-prisoners and no compromise in defence of Mother Earth!
COURT REPORTS & LEGAL UPDATES
OREGON ARRESTS UPDATE
In the ongoing saga of the FBI investigation into a series of direct actions which occurred in Oregon through the late 1990s and into 2001 there have been a number of developments.
In March 2006, Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher, who had previously 'only' been charged with involvement in an arson on a Poplar Tree Farm were formally indicted on the two over-arching conspiracy to commit arson charges (see Spirit of Freedom January 2006 for more details).
Also in March news emerged that a woman, Briana Waters, had been arrested and charged with involvement in the 2001 arson against the University of Washington Horticulture Center, which occurred simultaneously to the Poplar Tree Farm arson. Following her arrest Briana has been placed under electronic tagging.
Briana is the first person to be directly charged with the Washington arson. According to the media Briana has had two charges placed against her. One charge of arson and one charge of using a destructive device: If found guilty on both charges she faces a minimum sentence of 35 years imprisonment. At this stage Briana has not been included in the two over-arching conspiracy charges and her trial is set for June 2006.
The next development occurred in April 2006 when the FBI revealed they were bringing additional indictments against four people, accusing them of an arson against a wild horse coral in 2001. Three of the four, Darren Thurston (in custody), Rebecca Rubin (location unknown) and Joseph Dibee (location unknown) were already facing charges related to this investigation. However the fourth person, Justin Solondz, had previously not been named as a defendant in this case. At the point of going to print the location of Justin Solondz is unknown.
With Darren, Rebecca, Joseph and Justin all four have been charged with Conspiracy to Commit Arson (this is in addition to the two over-arching conspiracy charges), Arson, and the use of a destructive device. Again the mandatory minimum sentence, if found guilty on all charges, is 35 years imprisonment.
For all the latest updates on this case and for details on individual prisoner support campaigns please check out ELP's North American website www.ecoprisoners.org
CHUK'SHON EARTH FIRST! TWO
The sentencing of two American Earth First! activists, Rod Coronado & Matt Crozier, for their involvement in the sabotaging of a mountain lion hunt has been postponed yet again. They were due to be sentenced in late April 2006. However the sentencing date has now been put back until June 2006 and even when this date is reached supporters of the two are saying they expect the sentencing date to be postponed yet again.
For more information about this case and how you can support the Chuk'shon EF! Two visit www.azef.org or email Chuk'shon EF! at sabthebastards (at) hotmail.com
Also ELP notes that in addition to the EF! action Rod is also facing serious charges relating to his alleged discemination of information, which could help someone construct an incendiary device. A separate support campaign has been set up to support Rod around those charges. For more information e-mail info (at) supportrod.org or check out the website http://www.supportrod.org
Should anyone wish to send Rod a letter of support these can be posted to Rod Coronado, c/o PO Box 732, Tucson, Arizona 85702, USA.
ERIC McDAVID UPDATE
American eco-remand prisoner, Eric McDavid, has called off his hungerstrike after his lawyer took legal action against the prison he is held in for failing to provide Eric with an adequate vegan diet.
However the latest news ELP has on Eric is he is very ill. He is suffering from malnutrition. He "passes out" very easily, he is losing weight rapidly and he is vomiting up what little vegan food he is given. His supporters are urging people to contact the prison Eric is held at and ask, politely, that he be given suitable vegan nutrient drinks to help restore him to his full health. To help Eric with his specific support needs a new individual support campaign has been set up for him. The campaign is called "Friends and Family of Eric McDavid (Support Campaign)" for more info e-mail info (at) supporteric.org or visit the website www.supporteric.org
In a similar vein a group calling itself "Friends and Family of Zachary Jenson (Support Campaign)" has also been launched. For more info e-mail info (at) supportzach.org or visit www.supportzach.org
POLICE INFORMANTS JAILED
On 17/03/06 the police informant/former ELF activist, Ryan Lewis, was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment following his pleading guilty to two counts of attempted arson and one count of arson as part of an ELF anti-urban sprawl arson campaign. Although Lewis refused to testify against any of his co-defendants, he has been named by ELP as a police informant after he assisted the police by identifying Eric McDavid when shown photos of him.
Also on 17/03/06 the two sisters Eva Holland and Lili Holland, who are also police informants/former ELF activists, were sentenced to 2 years imprisonment having each pleaded guilty to one count of attempted arson. The two sisters made statements against each other, against Lewis and against fourth defendant Jeremiah Colcleasure.
The fourth defendant Jeremiah Colcleasure, who is the original police informant in this case, was forced to enter a guilty plea for one count of attempted arson after the Holland sisters agreed to testify against him. Colcleasure is due to be sentenced on the 19th of May 2006.
ELP does not support police informants and we will not be listing any of the above named people in our prisoner lists.
At the end of March 2006, a number of British animal rights activists were arrested accused of involvement in an arson against PDP Couriers who have links to both Huntingdon Life Sciences and the Wilton Box Company, who make lab animal transportation boxes. Most of those arrested have been released on bail, however one of the defendants, Donald Currie has been remanded into custody.
GUILTY PLEAS TO BLACKMAIL
In mid-April 2006, four British animal rights activists, Jon Ablewhite, Kerry Whitburn, John Smith and Josephine Mayo admitted to conspiring to blackmail a family involved with the breeding of guninea pigs for torture & death at the hands of vivisectors. The charges related to an animal rights campaign which saw the family cease their involvement with the vivisection industry.
Following their guilty pleas Jon A, Kerry W and John S were all re-remanded back into custody pending their sentencing. Josephine S was re-released on bail. The sentencing is expected in mid-May 2006.
At the end of April 2006, British vegan eco-anarchist Garfield Gabbard, was remanded into custody for an incident relating to the animal rights Covance campaign. However at the point of going to print we are uncertain around the exact details of his arrest.
Garfield is a former prisoner who in the mid-90s was jailed for taking direct action against a rapist. A few years later he served a second sentence for setting fire to a police riot van during an anti-capitalist demonstration.
GERMAN ANIMAL RIGHTS ARREST
According to the website rheinhessenonline.de, a 21 year old woman was recently arrested accused of smashing windows at a P&C store in Mainz, Germany. She is also accused of throwing paintballs and smokebombs inside the shop after breaking the windows. A security guard who stopped the woman, after the alleged incident occurred, claimed that there were three other people involved with the action. However the other three escaped capture. It is estimated that 35,000 euro damage was caused by the action. ELP understand that following her arrest the woman has been released on bail pending her trial for "Sachbeschädigung" (criminal damage).
SUPPORT THE USA SHAC SEVEN
As reported in our March 2006 edition of Spirit of Freedom, on the 2nd of March 2006 six American animal rights activists, along with the whole of the SHAC-USA campaign, where found guilty of encouraging direct action against Huntingdon Life Sciences. All six are due to be sentenced in June. Please send e-mailed messages of support to:
lettersforkevin (at) shac7.com
lettersforjosh (at) shac7.com
lettersforlauren (at) shac7.com
lettersforjake (at) shac7.com
lettersforandy (at) shac7.com
lettersfordari (at) shac7.com
For more info on the SHAC 7 check out the website www.SHAC7.com
SUPPORT PETER YOUNG
As mentioned in Spirit of Freedom January 2006, American ALF prisoner, Peter Young, is facing new charges relating to a mink release action in South Dakota.
Pete is expecting to be transferred to South Dakota very soon and is in need of funds for a lawyer. Donations for Pete should be sent to: Peter Young Support Fund, 740A 14th St. #237, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA.
For more info see www.supportpeter.com
MANASE AND MATIUS UPDATE
In 2004 West Papuan activists Manase Furima and Matius Nasira took part in a roadblock protest to stop illegal logging. Their reward was imprisonment.
ELP is finding it very hard to get updates on these two, due to the political situation in Indonesia, but we believe they are still imprisoned and still in need of support.
Just recently ELP was asked if Manase and Matius could speak English. We have enquired about this and it is unlikely they can speak anything other than Indonesian. However please do not let this put you off sending them short messages of support.
To aid people to fully support Manase and Matius, here is ELP's quick guide to the Indonesian language:
"Kami harap anda baik baik" translates as "we hope you are well"
"Kami harap anda akan merdeka cepat" translates as "we hope you will be free soon"
"Kami teman orang Papua" translates as "we are friends of Papuan people"
"Salam manis dari..." translates as "Sweet greetings from..."
For more information on Manase Furima and Matius Nasira e-mail koteka_prisoner_support (at) westpapua.net
SERIOUS ORGANISED CRIME!
In mid-April 2006 British anti-war activist, Milan Rai, was fined £350 with £150 costs for reading out the names of the British soliders, killed in Iraq, whilst standing next to the Cenotaph, Britain's national war memorial in central London.
The case against Milan was bought under the 2005 Serious Organised Crime & Police Act, which prevents any unauthorised demonstrations occurring within 1 kilometer of the Houses of Parliament.
Tre Arrow, CS# 05850722, Vancouver Island Regional Correction Center, 4216 Wilkinson Rd., Victoria, BC, V8Z 5B2, Canada. On remand accused of involvement with an arson on logging trucks and an arson on vehicles owned by a sand & gravel company. Both arsons occurred in the USA. Tre is fighting his extradition to the USA.
Nathan Block, #1663667, Lane County Jail, 101 W 5th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401, USA. On remand accused of involvement in an arson against a Poplar Tree Farm. Also charged with involvement in a conspiracy to carry out direct action in Oregon.
Marco Camenisch, Postfach 3143, CH-8105 Regensdorf, Switzerland. Serving 27 years. 1) Ten years for using explosives to destroy electricity pylons leading from nuclear power stations. 2) Seventeen years for the murder of a Swiss Boarder Guard whilst on the run. In '02 Marco completed a 12-year sentence in Italy for destroying electricity pylons in Italy.
Ibai Ederra, Carcel de Pamplona, C/San Roque. Apdo. 250, 31080 - Iruñez - Pamplona, Navarra (España), Spain. Serving just under 5 years for sabotaging machinery at the controversial Itoiz dam construction site.
Manase Furima, Lembaga Pemasyarakatan Manokwari, Jl. Sabang No.4, Manokwari, Papua, Indonesia. On remand for taking part in a road block to prevent illegal logging.
Amanda Cerezo Garcia, C.P. ALICANTE II, Ctra. N-330, km. 66, 03400 - Villena, Spain. On Remand accused of setting fire to a road construction vehicle. Also accused of sending a letter bomb to a Neo-Nazi politician.
Chelsea Gerlach #1308678, Lane County Jail, 101 W 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA. On remand accused of involvement in an arson on a tree farm; an arson against a logging company; an arson against a meat company; an arson against a police station; and the toppling of a power administration tower. Also charged with involvement in a conspiracy to carry out direct action in Oregon.
Francesco Gioia, Via Maiano, 10, 06049 Spoleto, Italy. Il Silvestre defendant on remand accused of promoting & participating in direct action. Also accused of escaping from house arrest.
Zachary Jenson X-4198632 8E309A, Sacramento County Main Jail, 651 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA. On Remand accused of planning to destroy the property of the U.S. Forestry Service, mobile phone masts and power plants.
Jeffrey Luers, #13797671, OSP, 2605 State St. Salem, OR 97310, USA. Serving 22 years & 8 months for arson on a SUV dealership & the attempted arson of an oil truck.
Eric McDavid X-2972521 7E114, Sacramento County Main Jail, 651 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA. On Remand accused of planning to destroy the property of the U.S. Forestry Service, mobile phone masts and power plants.
Christopher McIntosh 30512-013, USP Hazelton, US Penitentiary, PO Box 2000, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525, USA. Serving 8 years for a joint ELF/ALF arson attack on a McDonalds restaurant.
Matius Nasira, Lembaga Pemasyarakatan Manokwari, Jl. Sabang No.4, Manokwari, Papua, Indonesia. On remand for taking part in a road block to prevent illegal logging.
Darren Thurston. On remand accused of arson and conspiracy. See his details in the Animal Liberation Prisoners list.
John Wade #38548-083, FCI Petersburg Low, Satellite Camp, PO Box 90027, Petersburg, VA 23804, USA. Serving 37 months for a series of ELF actions against a number of targets including McDonalds & Burger King; urban sprawl; the construction industry; and an SUV dealership.
Joyanna Zacher #1662550, Lane County Jail, 101 W 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA. On remand accused of involvement in an arson against a Poplar Tree Farm. Also charged with involvement in a conspiracy to carry out direct action in Oregon.
ANIMAL LIBERATION PRISONERS
Jon Ablewhite TB4885, HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Nottingham, NG5 3AG, England. Awaiting sentencing for attempting to blackmail a farmer who supplied guinea pigs for vivisection.
Dave Blenkinsop EM7899, HMP Rye Hill, Onley, Warwickshire, CV23 8AN, England. Serving 10 years. 1) Three years for a stave attack on the Managing Director of HLS. 2) 18 months for rescuing 600 guinea pigs from a lab supplier. 3) 5½ years for planting incendiary devices under an abattoirs vehicles.
Donald Currie TN 4593, HMP Woodhill, Tattenhoe Street, Milton Keynes, MK4 4DA, England. On remand accused of arson against a courier company with links to the vivisection industry including HLS.
Josh Demmitt 12314-081, FCI Safford, Federal Correctional Institution, P.O. Box 9000, Safford, AZ 85548, USA. Serving 30 months for an ALF arson on a University animal testing facility.
Garfield Marcus Gabbard TB 4271, HMP Hull, Hedon Road, HU9 5LS, England. On remand accused of an unspecificed incident related to the Covance campaign.
Sarah Gisborne, LT5393, HMP Cookham Wood, Rochester, Kent, ME1 3LU, England. Serving 5½ years for conspiracy to cause criminal damage following the damaging of 8 vehicles owned by people linked to Huntingdon Life Science.
Chris McIntosh. Serving 8 years for a joint ALF/ELF arson on a McDonalds. See his details in the Eco-Defence Prisoners list.
Heather Nicholson NR7271, HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middlesex, TW15 3JZ, England. Serving four months for breaking an ASBO preventing her from campaigning against Huntingdon Life Sciences. Also awaiting trial accused of Violent Disorder towards a foxhunter.
John Smith TB4887, HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Nottingham, NG5 3AG, England. Awaiting sentencing for attempting to blackmail a farmer who supplied guinea pigs for vivisection.
Darren Thurston, #701415, Multnomah County Detention Center, 1120 SW Third Ave., Portland, OR 97204, USA. Former Canadian ALF prisoner on remand accused of setting fire to a wild horse coral in America. He is also of being part of a conspiracy to carry out direct actions in Oregon. Plus he is charged with possessing a fraudulent Green Card.
Kerry Whitburn TB4886, HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Nottingham NG5 3AG, England. Awaiting sentencing for attempting to blackmail a farmer who supplied guinea pigs for vivisection.
Peter Daniel Young, #10269-111, FCI Vitorvill Medium II, Federal Correctional Institution, PO Box 5700, Adelanto, CA 92301, USA. Serving two years for releasing mink and foxes from six different fur farms. Also awaiting trial for his alleged involvement in a raid on a fur farm in South Dakota.
Helen Woodson, 03231-045, FMC Carswell - Admin. Max. Unit, POB 27137, Ft. Worth, TX 76127, USA. Serving 8 years 10 months for actions that focused on the interrelationship of war & the destruction of the natural world. The actions included pouring red paint over the security desk of a federal court and making threatening communications. Previously Helen had served 20½ years for: 1) Using a hammer to disarm a nuclear missile silo. 2) Burning $25,000 on the floor of a bank whilst denouncing war, environmental destruction & economic injustice. 3) Mailing warning letters with bullets attached to Government & corporate officials.
OTHER ANTI-WAR PRISONERS
Daniel Burns 13182-052, MDC Brooklyn, POB 329002, Brooklyn, NY 11232, USA. Serving 6 months for a blood pouring action at a military recruitment office. Due out 17/7/06.
Peter DeMott 10891-083, MDC Brooklyn, POB 329002, Brooklyn, NY 11232, USA. Serving 8 months for a blood pouring action at a military recruitment office. Due out 18/5/06.
Clare Grady 01264-052, FDC Philadelphia, P.O.B. 562, Philadelphia, PA 19106. USA. Serving 6 months for a blood pouring action at a military recruitment office. Due out 17/7/06.
Teresa Grady 13183-052, FCI Danbury, Route 37, Danbury, CT 06811, USA. Serving 4 months for a blood pouring action at a military recruitment office. Due out 21/5/06.
David Segal, #57368-054, FCI Fort Dix, Federal Correctional Institution, PO Box 7000, Fort Dix, NJ 08640, USA. Serving six months for an attempted arson on an army recruitment office in protest at the War on Iraq.
Igor Sutyagin, c/o Irina Petrovna Manannikova, Obninsk, Kaluzhkoy oblast, ul. Zvezdnaya, dom 1A, kv. 82 239039 Russia. Serving 15 years for espionage after distributing anti-nuclear weapons information.
Brendan Walsh, 12473-052, FCI Allenwood Low, PO Box 1000, White Deer, PA 17887, USA. Serving 5 years for an arson on an army recruitment office in protest at the War on Iraq.
THE LECCE FIVE
The Lecce Five have been charged with "subversive association" accused of damaging Esso petrol pumps to oppose the War on Iraq; sabotaging the cash machines of a bank which funds an immigration centre; and targeting the multinational company Benetton in support of Mapuche land rights activists in Chile. Two of the defendants are on remand.
Saverio Pellegrino, Via Prati Nuovi, 7, CAP 27058, Voghera (Pavia), Italy. On remand.
Salvatore Signore, Casa Circondariale di Sulmona, Via Lamaccio 21, 67039 Sulmona (AQ), Italy. On remand.
Amanda Garcia. On Remand accused of environmental and antifa actions. See her details in the Eco-Defence Prisoners list.
Tomasz Wiloszewski, Zaklad Karny, Orzechowa 5, 98-200 Sieradz, Poland. Serving 15 years for accidentally killing a neo-nazi whilst defending himself.
PARTY & PROTEST
Around the world there have been several massive protests against global capitalism and its environmental impact. The following have all been jailed in connection with the protests.
Jonathan Philip Robert, Muscogee Country Jail, Dorm 437, 700 10th St, Columbus GA 31901, USA (On Remand)
Robert Thaxton, PO Box 9038, Seattle, WA 98109, USA (86 months - Due out 29/06/06)
Dennis Witt, JVA Halle, Wilhelm-Busch-Strasse 38, 06118, Halle-Saale, Germany (24 months)
Ted Kaczynski (04475-046), US Pen - admin Max Facility, PO Box 8500, Florence Colorado 81226, USA. Serving multiple life sentences for the infamous 'Unabomber' anti-technology bombing & murder campaign.
Olga Aleksandrovna Nevskaya, UU163/5, 7 Otryad, pos. Dzerzhinskiy, Mozhaysk 140090 Moskovskaya oblast, Russia. Eco-activist serving 6 years for arson, criminal damage and causing explosions in protest at the war in Chechnya. Due for release in 2009.
Nicholas Andrew Patterson, Deschutes County Adult Jail, 63333 West Highway 20, Bend, OR 97701, USA. On remand charged with an arson attack on a McDonalds.
Fran Thompson, #1090915 HU 1C, WERDCC, PO Box 300, Vandalia, MO 63382, USA. Serving Life for killing, in self-defence, a stalker who had broken into her home. Before her imprisonment Fran was an eco, animal & anti-nuke campaigner.
MOVE is an eco-revolutionary group who carried out protests in defence of all life. There are currently eight MOVE activists in prison each serving 100 years after been framed for the murder of a cop in 1979. 9th defendant, Merle Africa, died in prison in 1998.
Debbie Simms Africa (006307), Janet Holloway Africa (006308) and Janine Philips Africa (006309) all at: SCI Cambridge Springs, 451 Fullerton Ave, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238, USA.
Michael Davis Africa (AM4973) and Charles Simms Africa (AM4975) both at SCI Grateford, PO Box 244, Grateford, PA 19426-0244, USA.
Edward Goodman Africa (AM4974), 301 Morea Rd, Frackville, PA 17932, USA.
William Philips Africa (AM4984) and Delbert Orr Africa (AM4985) both at SCI Dallas Drawer K, Dallas, PA 18612, USA.
Mumia Abu Jamal, (AM8335), SCI Greene, 175 Progress Drive, Waynesburg PA 15370, USA. In 1981 Mumia, former Black Panther and vocal supporter of MOVE, was framed for the murder of a cop. He was originally sentenced to death but is currently awaiting re-sentencing following a court hearing in 2001.
Several members of the Mapuche tribe are serving sentences for arson attacks on the property of farmers and forestry people who have occupied their land.
Aniceto Norin Catriman, Carcel de Traiguen, Coronel Gregorio Urrutia N° 129, Traiguén, IX Región, Chile. Tribal chief serving 5 years for arson.
Jaime Huenchullan Cayul, Centro Detención Penitenciaria Pedro Aguirre - Cerda N° 80 y Los Confines s/n°, Angol, IX Región-Chile. Activist on remand accused of theft and intimidation.
Jose Nain Curamil, Centro Detención Penitenciaria Pedro Aguirre, Cerda N° 80 y Los Confines s/n°, Angol, IX Región, Chile. Tribal Leader serving 5 years for arson.
Juan Carlos Huenulao 20/02/2005 Tricauko, Centro Detención Penitenciaria Pedro Aguirre, Cerda N° 80 y Los Confines s/n°, Angol, IX Región, Chile. Activist on remand accused of arson.
Víctor Ancalaf Llaupe, Complejo Penitenciario El Manzano Concepción, Dirección Camino a Penco N°450 Casilla 70, Chile. Tribal Leader serving 5 years for arson.
Pascual Pichun Paillalao, Carcel de Traiguen, Coronel Gregorio Urrutia N° 129, Traiguén, IX Región, Chile. Tribal Chief serving 5 years for intimidation and arson.
Patricia Troncoso Robles
Florencio Jaime Marileo Saravia
José Patricio Marileo Saravia
(all at) Centro Detención Penitenciaria Pedro Aguirre, Cerda N° 80 y Los Confines s/n°, Angol, IX Región, Chile. Activists each serving 10 years for arson.
OTHER LAND RIGHTS PRISONERS
Angel Concepcio'n Perez Gutierrez
Francisco Perez Vazquez
Carrillo Vazquez Lopez
Sergio Geronimo Sanchez Saenz (Queretaro)
Anselmo Robles Sanchez (Queretaro)
(all at) La Voz de Cerro Hueco, Av Diego Duguelay 36c, Barrio El Cerrillo, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. All have been jailed for Zapatista activities.
Leonard Peltier #89637-132, USP Terre Haute, U.S. Penitentiary, 4700 Bureau Road South, Terre Haute, IN 47802, USA. American Indian Movement activist serving Life after being framed for murdering 2 FBI agents.
STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE
Some people listed in this newsletter have carried out violent actions. 'Spirit of Freedom' does not condone violence. But we are also against censorship & believe people can decide for themselves who they wish to support.
ABOUT E.L.P. SUPPORT NETWORK
ELP is an international eco-prisoner support network founded, in Britain, in 1993 to support jailed eco-activists. We support the prisoners by producing various regular prisoner lists:
Spirit of Freedom is ELP's international bimonthly publication (available via e-mail or in a paper version). If you would like to receive a copy contact Spirit of Freedom, BM Box 2407, London, WC1N 3XX, England. Or e-mail ELP4321 (at) hotmail.com
Urgent ELP! Bulletin is an e-mail service that distributes the names of any new eco-prisoner as soon as ELP gets their details. For more info e-mail ELP4321 (at) hotmail.com
On-Line Newsletters - ELP has a number of websites that provide news, prisoner lists and additional info about ELP & the prisoners.
English language ELP Website
German language ELP Website
Italian language ELP Website
North American ELP Website
Turkish language ELP Website
ELP Extra is an e-mail group that circulates the details of political prisoners, ELP learns about, who do not fall within the remit for support by ELP. To subscribe to the list e-mail ELP4321 (at) Hotmail.com
Belgium ELP.SN is our Belgium contact. For more info e-mail elp_bel (at) hotmail.com
ELP Poland is our Polish contact. For more information e-mail ELP4321 (at) hotmail.com
German ELP.SN is a prisoner led initiative run by eco-prisoner Marco Camenisch. For more info contact Marco Camenisch, Postfach 3143, CH-8105 Regensdorf, Switzerland.
Italian ELP.SN is our Italian contact. For more info e-mail italianelp (at) yahoo.com
North American ELP is our North American contact. For more information e-mail naelpsn (at) mutualaid.org
Turkey ELP.SN is our Turkish contact. For more info e-mail yesilanarsi (at) yahoo.com
North American ELP Prisoner Fund. The North American ELP group has set up a fund where people can pay money, for North American Eco-Defence and Animal Rights prisoners, which will then be distributed to the North American prisoners. For information about the Fund and how to make a donation please contact naelpsn (at) mutualaid.org
FREE ADVERT (ONE)
(The following advert was originally produced in the American Earth First! Journal)
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For the past three years June 11 has been celebrated as an international day of solidarity with Jeff "Free" Luers. He has repeatedly been overjoyed by the amount of support he has received from around the world.
This year Free asks you to extend the solidarity that you have shown him to these defendants and that foremost in your mind by the thought that the state is trying to break this struggle with repressive and intimidating arrests and sentences. Its not just those in prison being punished, with there sentences designed to frighten other into compliance.
Free has called for a weekend of resistance against the "Green Scare" and is asking you to demonstrate that you can't be intimidated. Celebrate your dissent; give it voice. Be loud. Be visible. If you have the ability organise a reclaim the streets party or critical mass. And if you are going to host a fundraiser or venue event, please donate all the proceeds to the legal defence of those recently arrested who maintain integrity in the face of repression.
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FREE ADVERT (TWO)
ELP's prisoner lists contain the details of those people who have been accused of direct action in defence of Mother Earth and the animals. For a comprehensive list of other political prisoners, jailed around the world, please check out the website run by Brighton Anarchist Black Cross. It can be viewed at www.brightonabc.org.uk
This edition of Spirit of Freedom is dedicated to Russian anti-fascist activist Aleksandr "Shtopor" Ryukh, who was murdered by neo-nazis on the 16th of April 2006.
On the night of his murder Aleksandr was walking with a friend towards a club where a German punk band "Tackleberry" were due to play when they were ambushed by a group of six to eight neo-nazis.
Aleksandr was stabbed in the heart and died before paramedics could arrive. His friend was also wounded but is making a good recovery.
ELP's thoughts and sympathies are with the family & friends of Aleksandr and the other victims of fascist violence in Russia.
Aleksandr was the only son of a single mother. His mother is finding it hard to raise the money to pay for her sons funeral. A European based ABC group has put out a call for donations to help a grieving mother bury her son. If anyone can help, please contact ELP and we will pass on your details.
This work is in the public domain
Re: Eco-Activists = Anti-Technology, Anti-Workingclass
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28 Apr 2006
Eco-Activists are anti-Technology, and anti-Workingclass. I don’t know the particulars of the listed “activists” cases, but they are not fighting for workingclass interests. At best they are a diversion from what is important, at worst they are champions of a reactionary ideology that looks to the benighted past of humanity.
To look at the capitalists' unbounded squandering of natural resources and degradation of the environment in the interests of profit, one could easily conclude—as most ecologists do—that advanced industrial technology is inherently destructive of nature.
This reflects a static, ahistorical view of both human society and scientific progress. Developing and using industrial technology to deal with pollution or the recycling of raw materials in limited supply is not necessarily an insurmountable problem.
The organization of industrial production under capitalism necessarily leads to the degradation of the environment because capitalist firms are motivated solely by maximizing profits.
John Bellamy Foster, goes to great pains in Marx's Ecology (2000) to depict Marxism as "deeply, and indeed systematically, ecological," while simultaneously trying to airbrush out the revolutionary underpinnings of Marx and Engels' worldview. Foster quotes Engels' projection in Anti-Dühring (1878) that
"Abolition of the antithesis between town and country is not merely possible. It has become a direct necessity of industrial production itself, just as it has become a necessity of agricultural production and, besides, of public health. The present poisoning of the air, water and land can be put an end to only by the fusion of town and country; and only such fusion will change the situation of the masses now languishing in the towns, and enable their excrement to be used for the production of plants instead of for the production of disease."
Yet Marx and Engels' view of socialist society is fundamentally counterposed to the universe of small, decentralized communities advocated by ecologists (and anarchists). Saral Sarkar, writes that "in eco-socialism, to a large extent, economic activities would be decentralised, economic units small, and regions and local communities self-provisioning and autonomous" (Eco-Socialism or Eco-Capitalism? ).
This harks back to the pre-industrial village, essentially glorifying the "mental torpidity" of rural life decried by Marx and Engels. It is also profoundly inegalitarian: Would you rather live in a self-provisioning commune in the fertile U.S. Midwest or in devastated Haiti?
In contrast, "eco-socialist" Sarkar dismisses "all illusions as to the revolutionary or leading role of the proletariat" because workers are "addicted to consumerism." He advocates a reversion to pre-industrial, "labour-intensive technologies" which "would be preferred, not only to provide jobs, but also because such technologies reduce resource consumption and, consequently, have less negative environmental impact."
This is a reactionary utopia in which the mass of humanity would work longer and harder while consuming less. Sarkar himself describes it as "similar to an ever-worsening recession" and "a great crisis without end."
Most Green activists do not subscribe to Sarkar's uncompromising primitivism, preferring to focus on eco-reformism within the framework of the existing capitalist order. The policies they advocate to "protect" the environment and "conserve" energy usually would result in lowering the living standards of the working class and poor
In their denigration of the proletariat and their promotion of schemes to ‘save the environment' under the existing capitalist system, the eco-radicals help perpetuate this system in which science and technology are often used in ways destructive to humanity.
The vast nuclear arsenal in the hands of U.S. imperialism poses a far greater danger to humanity than does leakage from nuclear power plants. Under capitalist rule, the fundamental irrationality of profit and market relations can render unsafe even the best understood technology. Even the present technology is more than adequate to provide food and shelter for everyone. Yet, as famine plagues many countries, the U.S. government is still paying farmers here not to grow food
At bottom, eco-radicalism is “capitalist” ideology. It shares the same basic premise as other expressions of capitalist ideology: that the capitalist system has developed the highest level of scientific knowledge and technical application possible in the present period and in the foreseeable future
Environmentalists commonly point to the former Soviet Union to argue that socialist planning is just as destructive of the environment as capitalism. However, the ecological disasters which occurred in the USSR, as well as those being created in China today, resulted from the mismanagement of the collectivized economy by the Stalinist bureaucracy. A Soviet government based on workers democracy, representing the interests of the working people, would have sought to prevent the pollution of the Caspian Sea and the destruction of the Aral Sea, as it would resist the mounting pollution today of China's rivers and urban atmosphere.
Re: ELP: Support the Eco-Prisoners (May 2006)
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17 May 2006
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