Prisoners We Support

*please forgive the terrible formatting*

Updated May 2011

Nicole Kish

Nicole Kish or Nyki to those who know and adore her is a talented singer songwriter, artist, poet, and dedicated community activist. Over the past few years, Nyki founded a non-profit organization dedicated to improving literacy and educational opportunities within Ontario’s correctional facilities. As well she co-founded Bound for Glory, a not for profit arts and literary magazine for talented and neglected artist. Sadly however, on March 1st 2011, Nyki was wrongfully convicted of 2nd degree murder for little reason more than that she was there and she was stabbed. Dismissing the complete absence of positive identification, the confession of a former co-accused in regards to having pulled the alleged fatal knife, the lack of any DNA on Nyki and the copious amount on others, and the two separately “lost” surveillance videos gone missing in police custody, which have been alleged to have captured the events of that night, the judge successfully undermined this country’s core judicial principal of having to achieve beyond a reasonable doubt for obtaining a conviction. In fact the defense breached that thresh hold in proving here innocent. In short, backed by a media complacent with the “official” yet inconsistent story of Detective Giroux and the crown, an innocent young woman temporarily if not indefinitely lost her right to a beautiful life. Nonetheless, an appeal is being put forth and we plea to all who have a good heart and poses a care for true justice to support Nyki through these dark times and to demand her release/ ultimate acquittal.

Please everybody, write Nyki. Nothing would be as meaningful than to do so. Her address is
Grand Valley, 1575 Homer Watson Blvd,
Kitchener, Ontario
N2P 2C5
Max Unit
Atten: Nicole Kish

more info: freenyik.org

Updated April 2011

If you want to contact a prisoner, it is best to refer to their support websites or the website of the institution that is caging them in order to find out what they can receive. Many prisons have strict rules around mail. For example, many prisons will not accept stickers or PO box return addresses. Sometimes prisoners don’t get the envelope so you should write the return address on the letter itself. If you can, include stamps, envelopes, and paper to make it cheaper and easier for them to write you back. Do your research to increase the likelihood for successful correspondence. Never talk to a prisoner about illegal activity or about their alleged convictions. Assume all mail is read and copied by prison pigs. When you first write to somebody, ask questions to find out what they want and can receive/talk about, etc. You can also use a fake name for yourself if you want. You should double-check all addresses listed here to make sure the person has not been moved. Remember, beginning correspondence with a prisoner means a commitment to continue supporting them.

Roger Clement

Roger was arrested on June 18th, 2010 for participating in a firebombing of a Royal Bank of Canada branch in Ottawa in May 2010. Roger plead guilty to arson for his involvement in the May 18th firebombing as well as smashing ATMs and windows at another RBC branch in February of 2010. On December 7th, 2010 Roger was sentenced to 3 years and 6 months.

You can write to Roger at:

Joseph Roger Clement (FPS – 420268X)
Pittsburgh Institution
Highway 15, No. 3766

P.O. Box 4510
Kingston, ON
K7L 5E5

Canada

John Graham

grahamdefense.org ourfreedom.wordpress.com

On December 10th, 2010 a South Dakota jury found John Graham guilty of felony murder in the death of American Indian Movement (AIM) member Anna Mae Aquash. John Graham, a Tuchone native originally from the Yukon, continues to maintain his innocence. Aquash was murdered in the 1970s in an execution-style killing in South Dakota. Graham has said that she was his friend and comrade. He is now facing life in prison.

You can write to John at:

John Graham

Pennington County Jail

307 St. Joseph Street

Rapid City, SD 57701

USA

Marie Mason

freemarie.org, supportmariemason.org

Marie Mason is a 46 year old mother of two. She is an avid community gardener, a musician, a writer, an Earth First! organizer and a volunteer for a free herbal healthcare collective. She has been charged with involvement with a December 1999 arson at a Michigan State University genetics laboratory at Agriculture Hall and a January, 2000 arson of logging equipment in Mesick, Michigan. Both arsons were claimed by the Earth Liberation Front. Marie’s ex-husband Frank Ambrose snitched on her, fully co-operating with the state to incriminate Marie. She was sentenced on February 5 2009 to almost 22 years in prison.

You can write to her or to her support group:

Got Your Back Collective

P.O. Box 10371

Columbus, OH 43201

MARIE JEANETTE MASON #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127

USA

Daniel McGowan

supportdaniel.org

Daniel is an American environmental activist who was arrested and charged in federal court on multiple counts of arson and conspiracy relating to his participation in the arson of Superior Lumber company in Glendale, Oregon on January 2 2001, and Jefferson Poplar Farms in Clatskanie, Oregon on May 21 2001 claimed by the Earth Liberation Front. His arrest is part of what the US government has dubbed Operation Backfire. He accepted a non-cooperation plea agreement and was sentenced to a 7 year (84 month) sentence on Monday June 4th in Eugene Federal Court. He is now back in the Communication Management Unit, a unit created to heavily monitor communications of its prisoners.

You can write to Daniel at:

Daniel McGowan #63794-053

FCI Terre Haute – CMU

P.O. Box 33

Terre Haute, IN 47808

USA

Eric McDavid

supporteric.org

Eric was arrested on January 13, 2006 and charged with conspiracy to destroy property by means of fire or explosives. His arrest was the direct result of a government informant code-named Anna Davies who was paid over $75,000 to spy on and entrap Eric. The two others (Laura Wiener and Zachary Jensen) arrested with Eric both cooperated with the state, testifying against Eric. He spent almost two years in total separation (isolation) until after his trial. He has engaged in numerous hunger strikes to demand vegan food. He was sentenced on September 27 2007 to 20 years in prison for a crime that was never committed.

You can write to Eric at:

Eric McDavid #16209-097

FCI Victorville, Medium II

P.O. Box 5300

Adelanto, CA 92301

USA

Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher

solidaritywithsadieandexile@gmail.com

Exile (Nathan Block), and Sadie (Joyanna Zacher), of Olympia, were indicted and arrested Thursday February 23, 2006 for charges related to two arsons in 2001. One arson was on May 21, 2001 at the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie, Oregon, where experimental genetically altered poplars are grown. The other was in March, 2001 at the Romania Chevrolet dealership in Eugene. Exile and Sadie accepted plea agreements that did not incriminate persons other than themselves. On June 1, 2007 they were each sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison.

You can write to Sadie and Exile at:

Joyanna Zacher #36360-086

FCI Dublin

Federal Correctional Institution

5701 8th St.- Camp Parks- Unit E

Dublin, CA 94568

USA

Nathan Block #36359-086

FCI Lompoc

Federal Correctional Institution

3600 Guard Rd

Lompoc, CA 93436

USA

Leonard Peltier

freepeltier.org ourfreedom.wordpress.com

Leonard is an American Indian Movement activist and citizen of the Anishinabe and Lakota Nations. His AIM involvement brought him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in the mid 1970’s. On Pine Ridge he participated in the planning of community activities, religious ceremonies, programs for self-sufficiency, and improved living conditions. He also helped to organize security for the traditional people. On the morning of June 26, 1975, two FBI agents drove onto Indian land near Oglala, South Dakota, a small village on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where there was a camp of American Indian Movement activists. Here a shoot-out occurred in which both agents and an Indian man were killed. All the Indians involved in the shoot-out escaped into the hills. In 1977 Leonard was captured by the RCMP in Alberta and extradited to the US. He was framed for the death of the two FBI agents in a corrupt trial and is serving a double life sentence.

You can write to Leonard at:

Leonard Peltier #89637-132

USP Lewisburg US Penitentiary

P.O. Box 1000

Lewisburg, PA 17837

USA

Grant Barnes

grantbarnes.wordpress.com

Grant Barnes is an environmentalist who was arrested in 2007 for setting fire to a number of SUV’s in Denver, Colorado. He pleaded guilty to one count of using an incendiary device, and one count of second degree arson, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

You can write to Grant at:

Grant Barnes #137563

Arrowhead Correctional Facility

P.O. Box 300

Cañon City, CO, 81215-3000

USA

Michael Sykes

Michael is an 18-year-old anarchist from Lambertville, MI, currently serving a prison sentence for eco-related acts of property destruction, committed while he was a minor. He was convicted of setting fire to two homes under construction, and accused of attempting to cut down a utility pole, burning down other homes under construction, and setting fire to a Kroger’s semi-trailer. He was tried as an adult and is currently serving a 4-10 year prison sentence with somewhere between $200,000 and $400,000 in restitution. While Michael was 17 at the time of the alleged crimes, he was tried as an adult. His motivation was to interfere with sprawl, because he “was tired of seeing all the forest being destroyed.”

You can write to Michael at:

Michael Sykes #696693

Carson City Correctional Facility

10274 Boyer Road

P.O. Box 5000

Carson City, MI 48811

USA

The New Jersey Four
freenj4.wordpress.com
In the summer of 2006, seven young black lesbians from New Jersey in NYC's West Village were propositioned for sex by a man. The man followed the women down the street, becoming aggressive. A fight broke out and one of the women used a knife to make the man stop choking her friend. The attacker was hospitalized for five days with lacerations from the confrontation. The women ended up on trial for attempted murder and were sentenced to jail time for periods up to 11 years.

One remains in jail, you can write to her at:

Patreese Johnson #07-G-0635
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
250 Harris Road
P.O. Box 1000
Bedford Hills, NY 10507

USA

Mumia Abu Jamal
freemumia.org
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.

You can write to Mumia at:

Mumia Abu Jamal #AM-8335
SCI Greene
175 Progress Dr.
Waynesburg, PA 15370-8090
USA

Robert Seth Hayes

Robert Seth Hayes is a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army. he was framed and convicted of murdering a NYC police officer in 1973. He was charged with seven counts of attempted murder and one count of murder in the first degree. At the time seven New York City police officers were breaking into his home, Robert had no police record prior to these charges. Despite a prison record with no violations, and after serving 25 years, Robert’s parole was denied and he was given another two years. Two years later he was denied again and was subsequently diagnosed with diabetes.

You can write to Robert at:

Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280

Wende Correctional Facility

3040 Wende Road

Alden, NY 14004-1187

USA

Jerome White-Bey

Denverabc.wordpress.com

Anarchist prisoner Jerome White-Bey is the founder of the Missouri Prisoner Labour Union, an organization of Missouri prisoners and their outside supporters who are organizing around labour and other prison conditions. He was in the “hole” (administrative segregation) for two years following the formation of the MPLU and has constantly been moved in and out of segregation since.

You can write Jerome at:

Jerome White-Bey #37479

WMCC

609 Pence Road

2727 Highway K

Cameron, MO 64429

USA

Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck

osoblanco.org

Oso Blanco was convicted of robbing banks to send thousands of dollars worth of supplies to the Zapatista Rebels of Chiapas on a regular basis during 1998 and 1999.

You can write to Oso Blanco at:

Byron Shane Chubbuck #07909-051

USP Lewisburg

P.O. Box 1000

Lewisburg, PA 17837

USA

Walter Bond

supportwalter.org

Walter Bond was arrested on July 23, 2010 and has pled guilty to the arson of the Sheepskin Factory in Colorado and openly admits that he is the ALF (Animal Liberation Front) “Lone Wolf”. Bond has pled not guilty to federal charges. He has also been indicted in Utah for the arsons of the Tandy Leather Factory and Tiburon (foie gras restaurant).

Walter’s brother alerted the FBI and the ATF about his suspicions that his brother, Walter, was behind the attacks. While Walter was visiting Denver in July 2010, his brother helped participate in a sting operation, allegedly wearing a wire and helping procure audio evidence against Walter. He was arrested in Denver and has recently been moved to Oklahoma. Walter was sentenced the minimum of 5 years and 3 years probation in Colorado on February 11th. He is currently awaiting other charges.

You can write to Walter at:

Walter Edmund Bond #37096-013

Nevada Southern Detention Center 2190

E Mesquite Ave

Pahrump NV 89060

*Walter is currently bouncing around until he is sent to Utah for court (address current as of April 9th, 2011*

Scott DeMuth

davenportgrandjury.wordpress.com

* As of March 22, 2011, Scott has been transferred to a privately run Federal facility in Leavenworth, Kansas. For now, please send letters of support to:

Scott DeMuth #11246-030
c/o Leavenworth Detention Center
100 Highway Terrace
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Scott DeMuth has been involved in several projects in the Twin Cities including the Anarchist Black Cross and the Jack Pine Community Center. He is currently a member of EWOK! (Earth Warriors are OK!), Oyate Nipi Kte, and the editorial collective for the Dakota community journal Anpao Duta. He is also a Dakota language student and a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of Minnesota.

In October of 2009 a close friend of Scott’s, Carrie Feldman, was subpoenaed to a grand jury investigating an Animal Liberation Front (ALF) raid that occurred at the University of Iowa in 2004, when she was a high school student in Minnesota. Two days after receiving the subpoena, she appeared before the grand jury in Davenport, IA, and informed the prosecutor and jurors that she would not be testifying, citing the historical use of grand juries to repress political movements. At that point, she was issued a new subpoena for the next month and told to return.

In November of 2009, Scott DeMuth (who was 17 and also residing in Minnesota at the time of the UofI raid) was subpoenaed to the same grand jury. A few days later, both Carrie and Scott traveled to Iowa and refused to testify. The two were immediately taken before a judge, who found cause to jail them for civil contempt of court because of their refusal to cooperate.

Carrie was jailed in Southern Iowa for four months. On March 19, 2010, she was suddenly released with no real explanation, having steadfastly refused to cooperate with the grand jury in any way.

Scott was taken into custody at the same time as Carrie for civil contempt of court but, on November 18, 2009, he was indicted for conspiracy under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). Two weeks later, he was released with an electronic monitoring bracelet pending his trial. At DeMuth’s pretrial hearings, federal prosecutor Cliff Cronk argued that DeMuth is “an anarchist and therefore a domestic terrorist,” logic that would render untold thousands of U.S. political organizers terrorists. Cronk’s vague indictment relied almost exclusively on DeMuth’s political beliefs, such as his support for other political prisoners, rather than evidence that would actually connect him to the 2004 ALF raid at the UofI.

Scott’s attorney’s challenges to the vagueness of the indictment were rendered moot by two superseding indictments, one in February and one in April of 2010; the first superseding indictment was only marginally different than the original one. The trial was postponed repeatedly, and continuing raids and harassment made it clear that the government was stalling with Scott’s case while they continued their investigation into the 2004 raid. When Scott was re-indicted again in April 2010, the new indictment contained a new allegation, this one of involvement in a separate ALF action that occurred in Minnesota in spring of 2006. Though the prosecutor seemed poised to make an argument connecting all ALF actions across the years and across the country under a single conspiracy, there appears to have been no real connection between the two actions.

Scott’s trial was set to begin on September 14, 2010, the day after his final pre-trial hearing. Weeks before hand, the prosecution subpoenaed Carrie and another Twin Cities resident, Sonja Silvernail, to testify at the trial. While Scott and his legal team prepared to counter politically-motivated accusations of terrorism before a jury, Carrie and Sonja decided they would refuse to testify and prepared for the possibility that they would be jailed indefinitely on criminal contempt of court as a result. On September 13th, halfway through Scott’s pre-trial hearing, Cronk offered a plea agreement where Scott would plead guilty to a lesser included charge relating to the 2006 Minnesota action and serve a short prison sentence. As detailed here, Scott accepted the offer, eliminating the risk that he might be falsely convicted of involvement in the 2004 UofI action and serve three years in prison, and also effectively releasing Carrie and Sonja from their subpoenas and the possibility of criminal contempt charges.

On Monday February 14, 2011, Scott was sentenced to 6 months in Federal prison.

*Scott CANNOT receive letters from P.O. Boxes. All mail must have the sender’s full name and a return address*

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