Political Prisoners Of Allied Struggles

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There are over fifty political prisoners and prisoners of war held in the US, and many more politicized prisoners.  The following are some of those prisoners from struggles that are allied with the Earth First! movement.  See the recommended resources for more information and contacts for additional prisoners not listed on this site, and check out our suggestions for supporting prisoners.

To update the information listed here, please email us at collective [at] earthfirstjournal.org with ‘PRISONER PAGE CORRECTION’ in the subject line.

Last updated March 26, 2019


ANTI-CAPITALIST PRISONERS


cle4Cleveland 4

Accused of plotting a series of bombings, including 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.

Brandon Baxter
[The Earth First! Journal Collective and EF! Prisoner Support Project have removed Brandon’s address from this support list until further notice because of Brandon’s continued use of abusive and manipulative behavior towards women who have reached out to him to offer support. See NYC ABC’s statement of their withdrawal of support for more info.]

Serving 9 years and 9 months (until 11-18-2020).
Birthday: April 27, 1993
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Joshua “Skelly” Stafford
#57976-060, USP McCreary, P.O. Box 3000, Pine Knot, KY 42635, USA
Serving 10 years (until 01-15-2021).
Birthday: October 3, 1988
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Connor Stevens
#57978-060, FCI Jesup, 2680 301 South, Jesup, GA, 31599, USA
Serving 8 years and 1 month (until 05-15-2019).
Birthday: December 17, 1992
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Doug Wright
#57973-060, USP Big Sandy, P.O. Box 2068, Inez, KY, 41224, USA
Serving 11.5 years (until 05-29-2022).
Birthday: May 31, 1985
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Free Nato 5NATO 5

Targeted by two undercover Chicago cops for preemptive, politically motivated arrests prior to the NATO summit and charged with planning to, “destroy police cars and attack four Chicago Police district stations with destructive devices,” in effort to undermine the police response to planned activist actions.

Jared “Jay” Chase
M44710,‬ ‪Dixon Correctional Center,‬ ‪2600 North Brinton Avenue,‬ ‪Dixon, IL 61021‬, USA

Originally serving 8 years on NATO charges, however, was sentenced to an additional year in prison and loss of one year good time credit due to an additional charge for a pre-trial incident while incarcerated. His expected release is now 06-2019. Medical experts have testified that Jay’s behavior is likely related to the fact that he has Huntingdon’s disease which is terminal and extremely debilitating especially under stressful prison conditions.

Birthday: June 12, 1987
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Brent Betterly
Released April 2015

Brian “Jacob” Church
Released November 2014

Mark “Migs” Neiweem
Paroled 12/12/2013

Sebastian “Sabi” Senakiewicz
Released and deported to Poland


International


stopG8Genoa 10: Activists sentenced on 13/07/12 for crimes of “devastation and looting” during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001. Five of the defendants have been granted right to appeal against other related charges, and their cases will be re-examined by the judges. The other five had their appeals rejected. One had her sentence commuted due to parental duties, two are wanted, and the others are incarcerated.

Marina Cugnaschi C.C. Bollate, Via Cristina Belgioioso 120, 20021 Milano, Italy [Updated 03/27/14] Serving 12 years and 3 months.
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Alberto Funaro Released on Probation in February 2015

Francesco “Jimmy” Puglisi C.C. Rebibbia, (Wing G9/Second floor), Via Raffaele Majetti 70, 00156 Rome, Italy [Updated: 03/27/14] Serving 14 years (until 06-2027) after being arrested on June 5, 2013.
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Luca Finotti Released under house arrest in February 2014


Hamburg G20: Not only before but throughout the days of protest there were unprecedented levels of repression, uncountable numbers of protesters injured by the cops, hundreds taken into custody or arrested–36 of which are still imprisoned, most of whom traveled from other countries to take part in the protests.

Peike Mailbox at the Bollox, Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075 TX, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Serving 2 years and 7 months (until 03-2020) for allegedly throwing two bottles at a cop.
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ANTI-FASCIST PRISONERS


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antifa_globeJoel Almgren
Skogholmsvägen, 522 85 Tidaholm, Sweden [Updated: 05/27/15]

A Swedish anti-fascist serving 5.5 years (until 05-2019) for defending an anti-racist demonstration in Kärrtorp, near Stockholm, from a vicious attack by the neo-Nazi group Swedish National Resistance. During the fight, a number of the attackers were seriously injured and Joel charges are associated with these injuries.

Birthday: January 18
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Vadim Boyko
Boyko Vadim Sergeyevich IK-17, p.Molodyozhny, 213004 Shklov Mogilevskaya obl., Belarus

Vadim is an anti-fascist supporter of FC Partyzan from Minsk. He was detained on March 22, 2016 together with other people on suspicion of participating in the attack on the right-wing hooligans that happened about two years ago. On March 10, 2017 he was sentenced to 4 years (until 03-2020).

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Brest-antifascistsBrest Anti-fascists: Imprisoned for an incident on May 8, 2014, in Brest, Belarus where a fight between anti-fascists and neo-Nazis took place.  A third prisoner’s full name is unknown.

Roman Bogdan ul. K. Marksa, 86, Brest, SIZO-7, 224030, Belarus
Serving 6 years (until 04-2021). Originally sentenced to 8 years, his sentence was reduced on December 15, 2015 after he paid restitution.

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Dzmitry Stsyashenka – Released
Originally sentenced to 5 years, his sentence was reduced on December 15, 2015 after he paid restitution and he was released on parole in 2016.


Patryk Cichoń
“Syn Józefa”, Zakład Karny, ul. Załęska 76, 35-322 RZESZÓW, Poland

Patryk is a Polish anti-fascist who had been living in the UK to avoid a 3 year prison sentence for allegedly assaulting a nazi. He lost his extradition case in 2017 and is being deported to Poland to serve his sentence (until 05-2019).

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Sergi Hernandez  Address unknown

Sergi Hernandez was arrested during a protest in Barcelona against a concert organized by the extreme right-wing National Democracy party on October 12, 2011. He and several other antifascists were charged in connection with the beating of Alejandro Fernandez, a promoter of the Barcelona fascist social center Casal Tramuntana, who attended the concert. He is serving 3 years (until August 2018).

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vlad-lenkoLenko Vlad Igorevich
Vitebskaya obl. Vitebskiy rajon, Vitba, IK-3, 211300, Belarus

Vlad Lenko is an antifascist from Ivatsevichi (Brest region). Detained on December 27, 2014 on suspicion of taking part in a fight with local neo-nazis that took place on December 23, 2014. Accused of group hooliganism and aggravated bodily harm. In September 2015, he was sentenced to 6 years of penal colony with reinforced regime (until 12-27-2020).

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jock-palfreemanJock Palfreeman
Kazichene Prison, Kazichene 1532, Region Pancharevo, Sofia, Bulgaria

Serving 20 years (until 12-2027) in Sofia/Bulgaria for defending two Roma boys from a racist mob. Jock helped start Bulgaria’s first prisoner union, the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association, and recently had his transfer request to his home country of Australia denied.

Birthday: November, 13, 1986
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Vladislav Sereda
IUOT № 7, 225140, Pruzhanski r-n, d. Kuplino, Belarus

Sentenced to 2 years and 8 months (until 10-2019) and a hefty restitution for a fight with neo-nazis in Beryoza. Where he is held, prisoners have to provide for themselves with their own labor, but at the moment there is no work, so Vlad needs financial support.

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HACKTIVIST PRISONERS


Matthew DeHart

Matthew DeHart
#06813-036, FCI Ashland, P.O. Box 6001, Ashland, KY 41105, USA

Matt is a former US Air National Guard drone team member and alleged WikiLeaks courier who worked with the hacktivist group Anonymous. Several judges that have reviewed the case have expressed skepticism about the charges he was convicted of, that are not political activism-related, and it is believed he was framed because of his ties to Anonymous and Wikileaks. He was sentenced to 7.5 years (until 11-24-2019). FCI Ashland will not accept colored paper so send letters on only white paper and envelopes.

Birthday: June 11, 1984
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jeremy-hammondJeremy Hammond
#18729-424, FCI Memphis, P.O. Box 34550, Memphis, TN 38184, USA

Jeremy plead guilty to conspiracy to use his computer savvy to attack the website of Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) as well as other conservative groups and State operators. He is serving 10 years (until 06-02-2020).

Birthday: January 8, 1985
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INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE PRISONERS


oso-blancoByron Shane ”Oso Blanco” Chubbuck
#07909-051, USP Victorville, P.O. Box 3900, Adelanto, CA 92301, USA

Oso Blanco funneled money he stole from banks in the US to the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Mexico. Originally serving 80 years for aggravated assault of federal agents, escape and bank robbery, 25 years were taken off his sentence in 2016 when he won his Johnson v. U.S. appeal so his projected release date is now 08-24-2049.

Birthday: February 26, 1967
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leonard_peltierLeonard Peltier
#89637-132, USP Coleman I, P.O. Box 1033, Coleman, FL 33521, USA

American Indian Movement activist serving life after being framed for murdering two FBI agents during the 1975 Pine Ridge siege.

Birthday: September 12, 1944
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MOVE PRISONERS


Move 8Move is an eco-revolutionary group for animal rights and in defense of all life. There are currently six MOVE activists in prison each serving 30-100 years after been framed for the murder of a cop while their house was being raided in 1978. Merle Africa died in prison in 1998 and Phil Africa in 2015, both under suspicious circumstances. Debbie Africa was paroled in June 2018, and Mike Africa in October 2018. Parole hearings for the rest of the MOVE 9 now occur roughly yearly. Your support can help them get released on parole.

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Charles “Chuck” Sims Africa (AM4975) and Delbert Orr Africa (AM4985):
Smart Communications/PADOC, SCI Dallas, P.O. Box 33028, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, USA
Birthdays
: April 2, 1960 and April 2, 1944


Edward “Eddie” Goodman Africa
Smart Communications/PADOC, Edward Goodman/#AM-4974, SCI Phoenix, P.O. Box 33028, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, USA
Birthday
: October 31, 1949


Janet Holloway Africa (OO6308), and Janine Phillips Africa (OO6309):
Smart Communications/PADOC, SCI Cambridge Springs, P.O. Box 33028, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, USA
Birthdays
: April 13, 1951, and April 25, 1956


Mumia_raised_fistMumia Abu Jamal
Smart Communications/PADOC, Mumia Abu-Jamal/#AM-8335, SCI Mahanoy, P.O. Box 33028, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, 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 held in solitary confinement.

Birthday: April 24, 1954
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IMPRISONED COMRADES

The following are prisoners who Earth First! folks are in some form of contact with, but their cases do not fit in one of the above categories.


sean-swainSean Swain
243-205, Warren CI, P.O. Box 120, 5787 State Route 63, Lebanon, OH 45036, USA

Serving a life sentence for the self-defense killing of a court official’s relative who broke into Sean’s home and threatened his life. He is an anarchist/indigenous prisoner and former union organizer fighting his conviction by citing the US government’s illegal occupation of native land, and ran for governor of Ohio from prison as a Zapatista candidate. His most recent parole hearing was to be held in late 2016.

Birthday: September 12, 1969


FIGHT TOXIC PRISONS INCARCERATED SUPPORTERS

The following are social prisoners who have become active in the FTP campaign to varying degrees while locked up. While this is only a few examples of individuals, we hope it helps make an inroad to general prisoner solidarity organizing for EF! and encourages correspondence with people who don’t get much movement mail but deserve correspondence and support. Note: We are not taking any position on the criminal cases or political histories of these individuals, only the positions they have taken regarding environmental health while in prison.


Keith “Malik” Washington
#1487958, McConnell Unit, 3001 S. Emily Dr., Beeville, TX 78102, USA

Malik has been actively exposing pollution in the TX prison system, from tainted water to factory farming.

Bryant Arroyo
Smart Communications/PADOC, Bryant Arroyo/#CU-1126, SCI Frackvile, P.O. Box 33028, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, USA

Bryant launched a successful effort to get prisoners involved with the fight against a coal gasification plant next door to SCI Mahanoy, and has since been battling water contamination issues at his current prison as well as the new PA mail regulations that require all mail to go through a processing facility in Florida.

Keith Cole
#00728748, Jester III Unit, 3 Jester Road, Richmond, TX 77406, USA

Keith has been involved in legal challenges to the extreme heat of Texas prisons, and spoke at the 2017 FTP Convergence.

Wayland Coleman
#W65484, MCI Norfolk, P.O. Box 43, Norfolk, MA 02056, USA

Wayland has been a point person for addressing the toxic water crisis in MA prisons.

Nancy Mitchell
#543266, Gadsden Correctional Facility, 6044 Greensboro Highway, Quincy, FL 32351, USA

Nancy has spoken about and organized others against the proposed phosphate mine in Union/Bradford Counties that would neighbor FDOC’s Reception and Medical Center prison.

Clarence Green
#92A4009, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, 354 Hunter St., Ossining, NY 10562-5442, USA

Clarence is a jailhouse lawyer working to expose toxic water conditions that may be linked to the nuclear power plant, Indian Point, which is close to the prison.