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Call for support for Devrimci Anarşist Faaliyet (DAF) and the people of Kobanê!! (Syria)

08/10/2014 in Support Network

via Denver ABC:

For more than a year, thousands of volunteer fighters have been defending the autonomous revolution of Rojava (in Northern Syria) from the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh). Since this past July the North Syrian city of Kobanê, in the central canton of the Autonomous territory of Rojava, has been under siege by Daesh. Daesh fighters, armed with modern U.S. manufactured tanks, artillery, and small arms have been held at bay by volunteer fighters affiliated with the militias of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) armed with dated small arms and improvised weapons.

Tens of thousands of residents of Kobanê, mostly ethnic Kurds, have been forced to flea to neighboring Turkey, made refugees in a country that has historically persecuted and oppressed them.

Hundreds of Kurdish volunteers have crossed the border from Turkey to help aid in the defense of Kobanê. Turkish soldiers and police have attacked those volunteers and observers, including international media, with teargas and batons, in attempts to seal off the border and prevent aid from reaching those struggling to hold the city against Daesh. Read the rest of this entry →

Solidarity with the Cleveland 4 (USA)

27/09/2014 in Support Network

The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists, Brandon, Connor, Doug and Joshua “Skelly” Stafford. They were arrested on April 30th, 2012. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. However, the real story is that the FBI, working with an informant, created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced these four into participating.

Connor, Doug, and Brandon took non cooperating plea deals and plead guilty to all charges. The judge applied a “terrorist enhancement” charge to each of them, elongating their sentences as well as subjecting them to harsher prison conditions. Doug is serving 11.5 years, Brandon 9 years 9 months, and Connor 8 years 1 month.

Skelly took his case to trial. He went pro se and acted as his own lawyer. The FBI offered him a non cooperating plea deal with a 3 year sentence, if he would have plead guilty. Josh refused to plead guilty to something he wasn’t guilty of doing. He was found guilty on all counts by his jury and sentenced to 10 years. Even though Skelly had the most minimal role, he got the second longest sentence because he took his case to trial.

Doug, Brandon and Connor plead without an agreement while facing the threat of life in prison. On appeal of there sentencing they were primarily fighting against the life long probation that was handed down at sentencing. Doug also fought against being branded the leader. After months of waiting for a verdict on the appeals, we got word back. The appeal have been denied.

Due to the delay in taking his case to trial pro se, Josh’s initial direct appeal is yet to be heard.

They all continue to fight against the government’s attempt to brand them as terrorists and to expose the techniques of entrapment employed by the FBI and their informants.

ALL of the defendants are in need of a variety of post-conviction support. Visit the support site for more info.

Brandon Baxter
#57972-060
FDC Oakdale
P.O. BOX 5010
Oakdale, LA 71463

Connor Stevens
#57978-060
FCI McKean
PO Box 8000
Bradford, PA 16701

Doug Wright
#57973-060
USP Coleman 1
PO Box 1033
Coleman, FL 33521

Joshua Stafford

#57976-060
USP Tucson
P.O. BOX 24550
Tucson, AZ 85734

Solidarity with the Cleveland 4!

SOCPA7 Court Protest – Transport available from Bristol (UK)

25/09/2014 in Support Network

via bristol abc

9am onwards // Friday 10th October 2014

Southwark Crown Court, 1 English Grounds (off Battlebridge Lane), Southwark, London SE1 2HU.

If you’re interested in traveling from Bristol, please email bristol_abc [at] riseup [dot] net to book a place in our shared vehicles.

After more than 2 years on bail for their part in the campaign to close Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory; Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the SOCPA7 defendants will attend court to be sentenced on Friday 10th October.

The SOCPA7 are compassionate campaigners who were raided and arrested for holding protests against HLS. They were charged with conspiracy under special laws that were introduced to criminalise anti-vivisection campaigns.

Debbie and Lorna have the most serious charges and face up to 5 years in prison, Emma and Anton face up to 3 months and Emily and Alexis face large fines. Read the rest of this entry →

Solidarity with Karl Häggroth, imprisoned animalist comrade (Sweden)

09/09/2014 in Support Network

via 325:

Our comrade Karl was sentenced with Ebba to prison for animal rights activities, send him all the support you can! You can also send him magazines and books! Karl is a strong anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-capitalist, animal-rights warrior who did what he could to combat the disgusting fur industry in Sweden and other oppressions. Situation is tough for the prisoner so we urge people to send support. Postcards, letters, etc.

Karl Häggroth
Box 3
701 40 Örebro
Sweden

SOCPA 7 Solidarity Night – Food & Music Fundraiser (UK)

05/09/2014 in Support Network

via Bristol ABC:

About the case:

Inside the walls of Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), over 100,000 animals are imprisoned and more than 500 animals are killed every day.

In 2005, in an attempt to stop organisers that were successfully undermining the future of animal testing in Europe, UK Government introduced two new laws; SOCPA 145 and 146, part of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. These laws only apply to antivivisection campaigners and turn minor public order breaches into serious criminal offences.

In 2012-2013 seven people were raided, arrested and charged for conspiracy to commit SOCPA. Defendants face a two month trial in September 2014 and up to five years in prison if convicted.

Help us fundraise for their court & legal costs. Don’t let them face this alone!

www.socpa7.org
info@socpa7.org