Josh “Skelly” Stafford of the Cleveland 4 was found guilty on all charges at trial yesterday. He is accused of taking part in a plot to blow up a bridge in Cleveland on May Day 2012 – a plot that was actually planned by an infiltrator paid by the FBI to target Occupy Cleveland activists. After a 5th defendant turned on the group, the others accepted non-cooperating plea deals and are serving sentences of up to 11 years in federal prison.
Josh adamantly refused to admit guilt to a crime he had not committed. He represented himself at trial against an aggressive prosecution and, unfortunately, lost the case. You can read detailed court notes here.
He will be sentenced in about 90 days, with a possibility of life in prison.
He needs our love and support now more than ever. Please send him a card or letter to let him know we admire his courage in standing up to a corrupt “justice” system and that we will not abandon him. We do not forgive injustice, we do not forget our comrades, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons should expect mail.
2240 Hubbard Rd
Youngstown OH 44505
Many thanks to the tireless Cleveland 4 support team, who have worked so diligently to get the word out about this case. We stand in solidarity with you and the incarcerated.
A letter from incarcerated CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou has been posted on Firedoglake. In it he describes the challenges inherent in prison life, from figuring out where to sit at lunch to guards who try to incite violence between prisoners. Highly recommended.
Read the letter here: Letter From Loretto
You can write to him yourself (he says he writes back to every letter):
P.O. Box 1000
Loretto, PA 15940
It should go without saying that we at
#OpPenPal stand in solidarity with Jeremy Hammond.
It is always difficult to watch a friend plead guilty, especially when they do so because the “justice” system cannot be trusted to reveal the truth.
Jeremy has been systematically isolated, refused bond, and denied the ability to aid in his own defense. Jeremy has been assigned a judge with a conflict of interest who refuses to recuse herself from the case. Jeremy has also been threatened with further prosecution should he successfully defend himself against these charges.
It is not justice, but rather the result of a slow erosion of Jeremy’s right to a fair and speedy trial to prove his innocence.
The maximum sentence for Jeremy’s plea is 10 years, but the minimum is zero. When Jeremy is sentenced in September he will have already served 18 months. Please see his brother Jason’s petition to reduce sentencing to time served.
It is our sincere wish that we may welcome Jeremy back home in the very near future. In the meantime, the best thing we can do for Jeremy and others in his position is to keep writing, to not allow the state to isolate them into submission.
Send him a letter of support today:
Metropolitan Correctional Center
150 Park Row
New York, NY 10007
Then visit our mailing list to find others who need your love and support.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive injustice.
We do not forget our comrades.
Expect Mail. Lots of it.
Our comrades at Free Anons and Mail To The Jail have put out an urgent call to pack the court room for Jeremy Hammond tomorrow in NYC. They will meet at Foley Square at 9:15am and hold a press conference following the hearing. We urge you to attend if you live in NYC as Jeremy has requested support at this crucial hearing.
Luke Rudkowski: http://wearechange.org/
Tim Pool: http://www.timcast.com/
Follow all updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/freeanons and https://twitter.com/Free_Hammond
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/263596853785094/
We’re excited to announce that #OpPenPal is part of an actual IRL event in Chicago next week.
On June 2nd, our comrade @allshiny will be running a prisoner letter-writing table at a local show (details below). Stop by to write postcards/letters to political prisoners, drop off donations (i.e. stamps, padded envelopes, books, money), learn more about their cases, and OH YEAH there’s live music too.
WHEN: Sunday, June 2nd at 8pm
WHERE: LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60641
MUSIC: Steely James, Cavepainters
LIVETWEETS: @allshiny, @OpPenPal
FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/601480593195997/
We promise to post pictures of this event. Feel free to organize one in your own city! Send details to us at OpPenPal [at] tormail [dot] org.
Mark Neiweem of the NATO 5 has been transferred to a medium security facility to serve the remainder of his sentence following his plea agreement. He could be released as early as November.
His new mailing address is:
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764
Please send Mark a letter to welcome him to his new home!