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(en) US, Announcing the Northwest Anarchist Prisoner Support Network

From john brown <naelpsn@yahoo.com>
Date Wed, 20 Dec 2000 05:12:56 -0500 (EST)


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An Introduction To The Northwest Anarchist Prisoners
Support Network and excerpts from Breaking the Chains
#2.
	The N.A.P.S.N. has been formed to deal with the
increasing level of police and state repression, due
to the growing anarchist and revolutionary current in
the Northwest. As the level of resistance increases,
it is now more important than ever to support those
comrades who have been kidnapped by the state due to
their beliefs and actions.
	While it is important to support political prisoners
from around the world, we believe it is necessary to
focus our energy and limited resources on those
imprisoned in our own region. Although we are
primarily an anarchist collective, we are not limiting
our support to anarchist prisoners alone. Freedom
fighters, Eco-warriors, animal liberators, urban
insurrectionaries,  and individuals who have been
framed and/or wrongly imprisoned for self-defense and
standing up for their ideas all need and  deserve our
support and solidarity.
	Our goal is to provide financial and emotional
support and revolutionary solidarity to our comrades
and allies in the Northwest. This will include
corresponding to prisoners, raising funds through
benefits and raising public awareness by publishing
their written works and facts on their situations. We
will also organize public events such as teach-ins,
forums and speak-outs about Cointelpro, the Prison
Industrial Complex, and anti-authoritarianism. 
	We wonít let them take another one down... without a
fight!

There seems to be a conscious program underway to
isolate and undermine Eugeneís anarchist community. If
history is any guide, this should be understood as the
first step in an attack on activism overall. If Free
and Critter are not defended, in the political arena
as well as in court, we can only expect more trouble
for progressive activists of all stripes".
- Free and Critterís Legal Defense Committee 
	
	It has been a trying and emotional time here in
Eugene, Oregon. As many of you know, our friends and
fellow activists Jeffrey Luers, Free, and Craig
Marshall, Critter, have been incarcerated since June
16, 2000. Both men plead "not guilty" to nine felony
charges, including arson, and one misdemeanor. After a
delay, both menís pre-trial arguments and jury
selection started Nov. 8th. Once the jury was
selected, two days of the trial ensued only to have
everything thrown into disarray with terrible news.
The Free and Critter Legal Defense, learned that
Monday morning, November 20th, Freeís defense
attorney, Ken Morrow, suffered a fatal heart attack!
The confusion following this unprecedented turn of
events has led to motions of severance, mistrial and
new plea bargains from the deputy district attorney
prosecuting the case, Karen Tracy.
	Freeís parents, here in Eugene for the trial,
scrambled to the courthouse with members of the Legal
Defense Committee to learn what may be in store for
the trial, which was a long way from itís close. No
one seemed to know quite what to do. There has never
been a case of a lawyer dying during their trial in
Oregon. Mark Spence, a court-appointed attorney, was
assigned temporarily to help Free through the
transition.  He moved for a mistrial. Brian Barnes,
Critterís lawyer, moved to sever the cases allowing
Critterís case to continue with the same jury. The
judge decided to hear oral arguments Tuesday the 21st
at 9:30 am.

How was the trial going?  
	The news has been bewildering and devastating to
Freeís family and support group. Despite early
setbacks, many have felt that  momentum was building
for the defense.
	The defense attorneys made several motions to
suppress evidence from the searches of a warehouse and
the car driven by Critter and Free the night that they
were arrested. Objections were raised about a
questionably obtained search warrant and items seized
but not named on the warrant. Several cops testified.
All motions to suppress evidence were denied by the
judge.
	Tuesday, November 14, jury selection started and took
all day. It was a scary process that included the
prosecutor arguing to keep people who admitted
prejudice against anarchists and protests in general.
Throughout the selection, Tracy kept emphasizing the
need for people to be able to convict on
circumstantial evidence and not just hard facts like
eyewitnesses. Oregon State law gives both forms of
evidences the same weight.  
	On Wednesday, November 15, jury selection continued.
Twelve jurors were selected and two alternates, using
49 out of 50 in the jury pool. The jury consists of 9
men and 3 women, all of whom are white.
	After a lunch break, the jury took a bus trip to the
wherehouse where Free was staying and where the cops
raided. They also went to the two sites in question:
Tyree Oil Co. (where devices were found but no fires
occurred) and the Joe Romania truck dealership (where
a truck was burned and approx. $40,000 of damage
occurred). 
	Thursday, November 16 began with opening statements.
Tracy gave a very long, detailed argument laying out
the prosecutionís basic story. Morrow emphasized the
difference between arson and criminal mischief. Barnes
casually yet matter-of-factly mentioned the
speculative nature of the prosecutorís case and the
lack of one piece of hard evidence.
	The state then started calling witnesses including a
manager at Tyree Oil, the site of one of the alleged
arsons, a Eugene cop on the bomb squad, as well as one
other cop and a detective who were involved in tailing
Free and Critterís car. The prosecution tried to weave
its circumstantial evidence together and scare the
jury with stories of fires and explosions. The defense
did a good job during cross-examination of pointing
out holes in the prosecutionís argument as well as
questioning the integrity of the cops by exposing poor
evidence gathering and tampering, misleading reports,
dishonesty and bad memories.
	On Friday, November 17 one juror said she felt
intimidated by the defendants and was scared they may
have seen her address. She was dismissed and replaced
with a female alternate. Most distressingly she spoke
about this to "five or six" other jurors. A juror was
seen talking with a witness for the prosecution during
a break trying to talk up a job, and reports are that
one male juror keeps going on about the politics
involved locally and in the case. All of this is very
scary.
	The day continued with state witnesses, including
more cops and an ATF agent involved in the raid and
seizure of evidence. Also , a video of the warehouse
was shown. Court was to resume Tuesday, November 21.

Whatís the latest?
	During the confusion the DAís office offered Free and
Critter new plea bargains. Free was offered 90 months
in prison and years of probation. In the deal Free
would have plead guilty to "Conspiracy to commit
arson" and "Possession of a destructive device".
Felony arson, which carries a mandatory sentence of 7
1/2 years, as well as the other charges, would be
dropped. Free decided against the offer and because of
publicity of the trial due to his lawyerís death,
decided that a mistrial would be in his best interest.
Free has accepted the services of defense attorney Bob
McCrea, Morrowís law practice partner for twenty years
(additional funds of possibly $15,000 need to be
raised). He has 10 days to set a new trial date.
	After considering advice from his lawyer and friends
and talking with Free, Critter decided to accept his
deal. Critter did not agree to admit guilt but
acknowledged that it was possible for the prosecutor
to convict on the evidence. Critter was sentenced
Wednesday, November 22 to 66 months in prison with
three years probation for the "Conspiracy" charge as
well as 6 months and two years probation for the
"Possession" charge. They are to run concurrently. It
also appears that Critter will be eligible for a "boot
camp" after 11 months. After completing this 6-month
boot camp Critter would be eligible for early release.
His attorney noted that Measure 11 forces people to
make decisions they donít want to make.
A message from the Free and Critter Legal Defense
Committee
	The friends and family of Free and Critter want to
thank all of you for your interest in their case and
for your many supportive actions. We are a community
in the midst of a battle many of you have fought
before. Many of you understand the loneliness of
prison and the uncertainty of political trials. Some
of you have experienced the stress, intense emotion
and depletion of resources that occurs when activists
become targets of repression from the state. Below are
addresses where you may write Free and Critter and
give them the support they really need right now.
Also, if you have the ability to help friends and
family offset very expensive legal costs, please send
money. If you canít send letters or money, please
consider working on a campaign for political prisoners
near you.
	
In solidarity,
Free and Critter Legal Defense Committee

1. PLEASE WRITE: Jeffrey Luers (Free) #1306729 101 W.
5th St. Eugene, OR 97401
Craig Marshall (CritterPOB 50623, Eugene, OR 97440
2. Organize a benefit and/or send money for their
legal defense, their jail fund for stamps and collect
calls to jail support, so they can receive moral
support from friends.
3. PLEASE SEND MONEY TO: O.U.R. Credit Union c/o Free
and Critter Legal Defense Fund PO Box 11922 Eugene, OR
97440  

Eugene Activist Sentenced in Mumia Case: (10-28-00)
Amos Hidlenbrand, a member of the Eugene activist
community, was sentenced to two months in Lane County
Jail and 3 years probation for his involvement in the
April 24 (2000) Mumia protest in downtown Eugene.
Today Amos was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon (
a felony), disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Amos was shot with a less-lethal weapon, tackled, and
arrested by riot police last April for allegedly
kicking aside a burning can (a fallen tiki torch used
as a prop) towards fully armored police. The can
rolled up to one of the officers, hitting him in the
foot. He was put on trial for attempted assault with a
weapon, unlawful use of a weapon, disorderly conduct
and resisting arrest. Amosís first trial resulted in a
hung jury. In the second trial Amos was aquitted on
the assault charge, but was indicted on the unlawful
use of a weapon charge by a split (10 to 2) jury.
	The district attorney proposed three years in prison
largely because of the political nature of the trial.
The Eugene police were also in court to petition the
judge for the maximum possible sentence to quell
future protests. However, the judge largely satisfied
himself with ridiculing Amos and protests in general,
and opted for a lenient sentence. The judge commented
that since this was a political case, he felt
pressured to side with the police and prosecution.
However, in his mind he chose to impose a more
"rational" sentence.
	Amos maintains his innocence and accepts his
sentence, while simultaneously realizing the flaws in
the so-called justice system. We, friends and family
of Amos, believe he was scapegoated by the Eugene Pig
Department (who blatantly lied on stand) and the
district attorney, who are facing dozens of trials 
(and intense criticism) for the arrests of June 17 and
18. In those arrests, 67 people, many just bewildered
bystanders who the police assumed to be protesters,
were thrown in jail merely for being on the street in
their own neighborhood. This comes at a time when the
Eugene police and agents of repression across the
country are striving to stifle the rising dissent and
malcontent with government and corporate rule. We look
forward to the day Amos is released. Meanwhile we will
continue with our struggle against oppression out here
in minimum security.
	Update: Amos was released from jail on the "matrix"
program after serving one month.

Fascism in American Prisons
by Robert Thaxton
(Rob Thaxton is an anarchist political prisoner
serving a 7 year sentence in Oregon for throwing a
rock at a cop in self-defense during a Reclaim the
Streets protest on June 18 of Ď99 in Eugene. Write to
Rob: #12112716 OSP 2605 State St. Salem, OR 97310. He
has two Ďzines available from us for $1 each.)
	The incredible growth of the punishment industry has
made it an integral part of the economy, similar to
the way the production of war materials is essential
for economic growth. This booming industry requires
ever more people to be incarcerated, for longer
periods of time, because itís about jobs.
	Tough-On-Crime-A-Rama
	Though many states were already headed in the
direction of tough-on-crime politics before then,
George Bushís 1988 presidential campaign made it one
of the major focal poins of his strategy.
	His alleged opponent, rather than challenging Bushís
alarmist rhetoric, instead chose to demonstrate his
own manliness by showing how tough on crime he could
be.
	Since then, hysterics over crime have become a
recurring theme to winning election campaigns across
the country, along with attacks on womenís access to
abortions and flag burning prevention.
	This has resulted in the people of the U.S. being
vilified by one another and the ascension of a
corporate police state in which the general public is
outraged by "violence" directed at corporate property,
but are tolerant if not encouraging of indiscriminate
assaults by the police on anyone and everyone in their
path, as witnessed during the anti-WTO demonstrations
late last year (Noví Ď99).
	Itís no surprise that people so willing to tolerate
widespread assault on entire neighborhoods by the
police are also eager to repress themselves with harsh
penalties, even for relatively minor offenses. 	The
implementation of three strikes and mandatory
sentencing laws has led to a dramatic increase in the
number of people incarcerated in the U.S. The prison
population here has exceeded two million men,  women
and children. Worldwide, there are eight million
people in prisons.
	With five percent of the worldís population, the U.S.
has 25 percent of its prisoners.
	Land of the free, my ass.
Race And Class "Otherness" 
	Just as the U. holds a disproportionate number of the
worldís prisoners, a disproportionate number of those
prisoners are Black and Latino. 
	Most of them are poor too, as are most of the white
prisoners.
	Since mainstream America worships wealth and is lily
white, these people are seen as "others", not as
friends, neighbors, relative or reflections in the
mirror.  This makes the "others" easier to vilify. 
	Youth is another targeted segment of the society.
Despite the fact that, according to FBI statistics,
juvenile crime has been in decline since the 1970ís,
the media and the politicians are in hysterics about
how to better control youths. Control, to the forces
of order and power, means prisons. 
Money Talks, Fascists Rule
	So many people are being incarcerated these days that
building and running prisons is one of the fastest
growing industries in our economy.
	This dreadful situation is made even more so when one
considers that this was done deliberately by the
corporations and the governments. There cooperation
has led to the development of a corporate state. 
	Get it? Corporate state equals fascism, and not in a
figurative sense, but as a concrete political reality.
	Fascism is a socialistic form of rule wherein
institutions are everything and the people, apart from
the ruling class, are nothing. 
	Many people think that racism defines fascism, but
thatís not the case, generally.
	Two of the more recognizable traits of fascism are
extreme nationalism and intolerance of opposition. 
	Though fascism works best under a military
dictatorship, there have been instances where fascists
have been voted into power: the Peronistas in
Argentina, for example.
	I could develop this argument further, but thatís not
my focus now. In short, the U.S. is not in danger of
gradually evolving into a fascist state, the process
began so long ago, we are already there.
	For now, however, it seems possible this could
change, should the newly emerging opposition movement 
become solidify its positions against capitalism and
keep pressure on the capitalist politicians. 
	How will the corporate state respond to real,
determined opposition to its policies and goals?
	If one listens to the mouthpieces of the ruling
class, the outlook is not pleasant.
	Elected officials have basically exonerated the
out-of-control Seattle police department for its
attack on everyone in the streets of downtown and the
Capitol Hill neighborhood. 
	They have denounced the rioters who attacked and
damaged corporate property. The loyal opposition has
joined them, too, leaving an isolated minority
vulnerable to reprisals from the forces of order and
power.
	Notice my deliberate use of the phrase "order and
power" rather than the cliche "law and order".
	Much of the actions by the SPD during the so-called
Battle of Seattle was illegal in many respects -
violations of international human rights treaties,
state and U.S. constitutional rights, as well as laws
on federal, state and city levels.
	At issue is not the rule of law, but who has power:
people in the streets, people in the community, or the
corporations and their hired mercenaries?
	It is the corporations who have the economic power to
control the actions of the police and government. With
the exception of the rioters in Seattle, few people
have challenged that power. 
	Iíve not seen or heard any politicians demanding
harsh penalties for corporations who defy
environmental and worker safety laws, or for the
plunderers of the savings and loan industry (despite
the TRILLIONS of dollars this will cost tax-payers).
	Under a fascist government, the ruling elite is
beyond the reach of the law.
	Given the current "anti-crime" hysteria in the
political scene these days, the future for political
dissenters looks quite grim. One group who has
recognized this goes by the name of Future Political
Prisoners of America. 
	Since the focus of spending for prisons has shifted
to construction, priorities have also shifted away
from programs to prepare the incarcerated for their
return to society.
	Thus, the person of interment has changed from
rehabilitation to punishment. 
	This partially explains why the public is
disinterested in the abuse, sexual or otherwise, of
prisoners. That, plus willful stupidity.
	If it hasnít occurred to the voters of Oregon that
sexual and physical abuse are learning cycles of
behavior, theyíll be figuring it out soon as the first
wave of Measure 11 offenders, victims of long,
mandatory sentences and abuse are released.
	As the overwhelming majority of Measure 11 prisoners
are young first-time offenders, the abuse these mostly
male prisoners have suffered at the hands of staff and
predatory offenders portends a social catastrophe in
the making.
	What percentage of these prisoners will repeat the
behavior theyíve learned, once theyíre released? And
what efforts to head off this impeding disaster is
successful? 
	If probation is again an option to judges, juries and
prosecutors, along with shorter sentences, there will
be even less incentive to rehabilitate prisoners. The
state will need repeat offenders to keep their prisons
full.
	Before dismissing this notion as cynical paranoia,
let me remind the reader that when faced with the loss
of the local factory which employed 1700 people, a
small town in Florida resolved to face this problem by
building a 1200 bed jail.
	Crime is a good business investment. If the
government and politicians want to invest in  prison
and jail construction, you can safely bet theyíll see
to it that their money is well spent.
	According to a prisoner I correspond with in Texas,
"Theyíre putting people in and theyíre not letting 

Why Things Are The Way They Are  
By Jeffrey "FREE" Luers 
	I think itís a safe assumption to make that there is
a growing discord between people and traditional
authority figures (i.e. cops and politicians). More
and more their is a growing sense of mistrust and
disillusion with these figures. 
	A large part of this stems from the fact that
communication is virtually non-existent. There is a
strong sense of alienation. The only form of input we
have in this country comes from voting. Choosing who
will do the talking for us. Choosing from people we do
not know, will not meet, and if we ever write to them
will probably get a response from one of their many
secretaries. We are seeing from the increasing number
of non-voters that people are discontent with this.
People are seeing that voting really doesnít change
how much connection they have, they still remain just
as alienated.
	There are people who take things a step further.
Trying to get directly involved in our Democratic
Republic. Through letter writing campaigns or
petitions. Unfortunately these people usually find
that their efforts are ineffective - aside from the
feel good aspect.
	As a result of this alienation and a lack of
participation groups of people are going to more
extreme methods of being heard. Resorting to direct
action and large scale protests. These actions are
usually criticized and down-played by the media.
Ignored by the targeted audience - who tend to be
corporate or government - with claims of "their
message isnít very clear, we donít know what theyíre
saying". Maybe if they would listen....
	Having their pleas ignored some people turn to
property damage as a form of protest. A form that is
almost never ignored. A form of protest which seems to
get more attention than anything else. There by
confirming the fact that the people and their
message/issues are being ignored. 
	Communication is only possible between equals. 
	Communication is not taking place. Therefore once
must rationalize - there is a lack of equality. With
lack of equality in a society comes structural
hierarchy. In America this hierarchy comes in the form
of a capitalist classist system and its protectors.
	The minorities are on the bottom of course. This
includes people of color, Native Americans, gays &
lesbians, anarchists and wimminí. Women are not a
minority but they are treated severely unequal by a
patriarchical system.
	Then we go to the poor - who incidentally never get
mentioned in political campaigns unless "welfare" is
an issue. The poor are people who get by on whatever
job they can. Anything to take care of the bills, take
care of the family and survive.
	The middle class. The people who for all intensive
purposes keep the system running smoothly. They build
the goods, run the factories, process the food. There
people are the unions, the working class, the heart of
America. Hint - if these people were to stand up to
their bosses and quit working for them the whole
system would come to a stand still.
	Next we have the first line of defense, the police.
They make sure the whole system stays in order. That
the poor stay in their designated area, that the
middle class stays in their area. Anyone who steps out
of line, questions authority, or God forbid, threatens
the status quo gets a sound beating or enough charges
brought against them that theyíll think better of
voicing their opinion next time. (I know - I write
this from jail). The police are the protectors of
property, the protectors of the upper class - who just
happen to own most property.
	That brings us to the upper class. We all know who
these people are. We read about them in magazines and
see them with their nice cars, houses and expensive
luxuries. Coincidentally, this is the 1% of the
population that owns over 34% of the wealth. They
enjoy the style of life that everyone below their
class level can not afford - including most cops.
These are the people that can make things happen. They
have all the power that comes from being on top of the
social order. Power that they arrived at thru the hard
work of all those below them.
	The government comes next in our hierarchy. The
government makes all the laws. They get to say what
can and canít happen (after all they control the
military). More often than not the government sides
with the corporations when it comes to laws. For two
reasons, one, we are a capitalist country  and
multinational corporations bring in billions of
dollars in revenue. Two, corporations finance
political campaigns.
	Corporations are on the very top of it all. Their
power extends internationally. They know no borders
and have no boundaries. Corporations control
government around the world. They control or influence
every aspect of our lives. From what we eat/drink to
what the media tells us. From what entertainment we
enjoy to what clothes are fashionable. Their motto is
"you can buy anything" all it takes is enough
advertisements or enough healthy donations to say a
presidential candidate.
	With such obvious hierarchy and the power on top, is
it any wonder that the voice of the people is never
heard? Or more accurately ignored, manipulated,
distorted and fed back in such a way to keep the lines
divided. To keep the people un-united, thus keeping
the social order thatís been created stable. Keeping
those in power in power - without question, without
threat. Itís time to look past the lies and
manipulations. Itís time for us to reconcile our
differences and unite together. Recognize the police,
upper class, government and the corporations for what
they are. Those in absolute control. Itís time for us
to all join those taking direct action , to help take
back that control, to re-establish equality. Itís time
to make enough noise that we cannot be ignored, take
freedom seriously and reclaim it for all.
	A system that established a dominate privileged
class. A system that feeds off of the work of others
without giving them their due. That uses armed forces
to enforce its will and keep the established power
structure safe. A system that repeatedly ignores the
pleas of the people is a system that has t o go!
Education 
	I am a living creature, I do not need you to tell me
that. I was born free, to live how I choose, until I
die. I do not need you to grant me that. I know my
instincts and I understand my nature. They did not
teach me that. 
	Youíve taught me that I had $2.81, that a candy bar
costs .50 cents. How many candy bars can I buy? You
taught me that I lived in the best nation in the
world, because I was free to buy that many candy bars.
You taught me to pledge allegiance and never question.
You taught me what my place in the world was to be.
And you taught me how to follow orders, and what
happens when you donít.
	You did not teach me well because I did not learn
these things. 
	I always wondered about you ever since then. I always
wondered why the business men (always men) from the
bank or the malls got such an assembly when they
donated money to the school. And why then we always
got their little corporate car packages or a trip to
their business.
	I wanted to know why we didnít learn to grow our own
food or make our own clothes? Why we didnít learn to
build a shelter or a fire? Then I figured it out. It
all comes back to that $2.81. Only you left a small
part of the equation out. How many minutes do you have
to work for someone else to get that $2.81, so you can
afford to buy those 5 candy bars? And thatís where the
order you were taught comes in, doesnít it?
	Now come. I want to show you what Iíve learned. Iíve
learned I donít need you and I want you to know why.
Iíve learned that a community of people can take care
of each other and the land they share. That we can
grow our own food, and not be hungry. That by working
together we can build our own houses and not use your
industrial tools or products. Iíve learned that we can
police ourselves quite well. Iíve learned that we
donít need or want your business men, we donít need or
want your order. And for damn sure we donít need or
want your $2.81.
	Iíve learned to be free. Iíve learned to love. Iíve
learned to be happy. Iíve learned that you canít teach
those things because you donít know how. But I will
teach you, if you too want to learn. 

Support Barrilee Bannister!
	Barrilee is one of our brave and fearless young white
anarchist sisters - incarcerated in the state of
Oregon. Since her unwarranted incarceration , Barrilee
and a host of other women were transferred to a
privatized prison where she was sexually molested and
abused before being returned to Oregon to finish her
time. Though the incident of Barrilee being sexually
abused by prison guards was traumatic it had not
stopped her from fighting against the system or
speakout against the injustice she and other women are
undergoing at the hands of corrupt prison officials.
Right now, Barrilee continues to resist and fight the
repressive prison authorities who have labeled her a
trouble-maker (because she is an anarchist). Theyíve
also called her as Security Threat and have placed her
in high security. She has been barred from receiving
any anarchist literature (which is a First Amendment
violation) and they have barred her from having any
contact with Comrade Robert Thaxton (fellow anarchist
who was recently sentenced to 7 years in prison for
throwing a rock at a violent pig during Reclaim The
Streets (June 18, Ď99) in Eugene), and Anthony Rayson,
who heads the ABC Zine Distro in Homewood, Illinois.
Barrilee says "...I speak loudly and boldly about my
rights as a human, a U.S. citizen and a prisoner".
Such spirited defiance from a sister locked down and
who has suffered what she has by her captors only
warms the heart of a true revolutionary to fight
harder. Show directly: Barrilee Bannister: #11309597,
E.O.C.I., 2500 Westgate, Pendleton, 0R 97801. Because
of Oregonís guidelines on sending money, we advice you
to contact Barrilee before you send anything and ask
her what the procedures are. Article written by Ali
Khallid Abdullah: #148130 3225 John Conley Drive,
Thumb Correctional Facility, Lapeer, MI 48446. 

Prisoner Support Groups/Anarchist Collectives:
South Chicago ARA/ABC: PO Box 721 Homewood, IL 60430 (
Produces Thought Bombs Ďzine and does an enormous
amount of prisoner support work).
Mutual Aid Legal Fund: PO Box 95616 Seattle, WA
98145-2616 (Set up to support people arrested during
the WTO ruckus in Seattle and other mass-actions). 
Earth & Animal Liberation Prisoners Support Group: BM
Box 1160, London WC1N 3XX UK (Produces a monthly
bulletin about imprisoned comrades from all types of
movements from all around the globe).
The Defenestrator: PO Box 30922 Philadelphia, PA 19104
(Phili-based anarchist collective. Is helping
coordinate activities in support of R2K-GOP
arrestees). 
Free Mumia Coalition: PO Box 751 Portland, OR 97207
(Publishes Open to the Truth newsletter, which
features news about and writings by Mumia Abu-Jamal,
as well as other prisoners).
Prison Legal News: 2400 NW St. #148 Seattle, WA 98117
(PLN is a 9-year old project to support and publicize
prisoners  in their legal struggles and their
mistreatment by the courts and the institutions where
they are incarcerated).
Anarchist Prisonersí Legal Aid Network: 818 SW 3rd
Ave. PMB #354 Portland, OR 97204 

Northwest Prisoners
(This is by no means a complete list of all the
prisoners in the Northwest that deserve our support.
If you know of anyone who is not listed and would like
to be, contact us). 
Robert Thaxton #12112716 O.S.P. 2605 State St. Salem,
OR 97310 (Anarchist activist serving a 7-year sentence
for throwing a rock at a violent pig in self-defense
during a Reclaim the Streets protest in Eugene in Ď99.
Rob has 2 Ďzines available from us).
Barrilee Bannister ( See article inside for more
information). 
Jeffrey Luers (FREE) and Craig Marshall (CRITTER) 
(See article inside for more information).


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