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(en) US, Alabama, Cherokee anarchist prisoner, John Two Names Needs Your HELP Now!

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 22 Oct 2003 20:27:16 +0200 (CEST)


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Political Prisoner, John Two Names, needs your help! For over 7 years, John
has been held captive by the State, not for any crime, but for his activism
and involvement in ³confrontational politics.² John, an Echota Cherokee, is
involved with Indigenous Rights Campaigns, Anti Racist Actions and Prison
Struggles.
In 1996, Two-Names was captured by the A.T.F., F.B.I., and the Cullman
County Sheriffıs Department in Cullman, Alabama, a county notorious for
lynch mobs, crooked politicians, and the Ku Klux Klan. He was charged with
two-counts of Arson 2nd Degree, four counts of burglary, 3rd degree, and one
count of unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle. These charges stem
from what authorities called a ³crime-spree² that left two schools burned,
and several businesses ravished. Two-Names was considered a suspect because
he was labeled as a ³militant, terrorist/extremist.²
After ten months of being held without bond, he was taken to trial. In
this time, the District Attorney tried unsuccessfully to link Two-Names for
the crimes. The finger prints didnıt match; no recovered merchandise was
found, and there were no witnesses to put him at the scene-just two-blocks
from his home. So, just 3 days before trial, a ³lost² transcript of a
witness conversation appeared which said that John confessed to the crimes
while in jail. A jail house snitch, charged with rape said that he was
offered $20,000 to implicate someone else. John supposedly was going to pay
him. A continuance was filed to investigate these matters, but denied.
During the 9-day trial, acts of jury tampering occurred when the Chief
Investigator tried to get a juror to vote guilty in exchange for a job at
the courthouse, evidence tampering occurred, and was proven, and
cross-examination was not allowed by the defense. This is on top of numerous
other violations including being charged with two-burglaries for one
building, and ineffective counsel.
Media campaigns launched by the Feds spread rumors to discredit John by
alerting the public to ³possible bombs being placed throughout the county.²
Several evacuations of businesses were conducted.
At the end of the trial, with no evidence what so ever, John was found
guilty. He was sentenced to two 20 year terms and five 10 year terms to run
consecutively for a total of 90 years. He was also ordered to pay over 5
million dollars in restitution and fines. This is the harshest penalty on
record in the State of Alabama for a classified ³non-violent, first time
offender.²
During his incarceration, Two-Names has remained active in the fight for
social justice. He is co-founder with Political Prisoner Sekou Kambui of the
prisoner led initiative, a Prisonerıs Rights Group, ³The Social
Consciousness Development Group.² He helped his family start the Brothers in
Tears Warrior Society of Turtle Island, an Indigenous Prisonerıs Rights
Group. He is Honorable War Headman for National Native American Traditional
Worship, inc./Eagle Clan Indian Association, and spokesperson for Native
American Prisoners of Alabama (n.a.p.d.a).
Because of his activism behind the walls, John has had his mail withheld,
rejected, and tampered with. He has been subjected to numerous shakedowns in
which his law work and political materials were confiscated and ³lost.² His
wife and grandmother were sexually harassed by guards, and his 5-year old
son subjected to strip searches.
His familyıs fight to win his freedom has caused a backlash against them
as well. His mother was the victim of a brutal gang-rape, his grandmotherıs
home was torched, his loved ones have moved several times due to law
enforcement harassment, and his younger siblings were kicked out of school
for being a ³risk to the other children.²
Two-Names has documents released through the Freedom of Information Act
that clear his name. The Assistant Attorney General admits that there was
evidence tampering at trial, and the courts ³marvel at a conviction upon
such flimsy proof,² yet he remains behind bars.
Please show your solidarity with John Two-Names. This brother is in need
of your help to win his freedom. As of now, he is trying to force the
release of his trial transcripts, and petition for a sentence reduction, as
well as fight his case. There is little time left, as the clock runs down on
the time he can meet his filing deadlines. Any donations are welcomed, and
actions of solidarity, fundraisers and letter campaigns are encouraged.

John Two Names Needs Your HELP Now! - Support Letters Needed

In September 2003 budget cuts in Alabama gutted many of the social services
in Alabama, while the Department of Corrections (DOC) received an additional
$16 milion. This money came on the condition that they reduce the prison
population. Now the DOC has said they will release upwards of 6,000
non-violent offendors in the next few months. They are conducting about 200
hearings a week. John Two Names (see below for more information) has a
parole hearing set for November 13, 2003. After that, his next scheduled
hearing would be on August 1, 2006. He feels now may be the best chance for
his release. He has requested letters, calls, emails, and faxes of support
to be sent to the parole board in favor of his release. Please write
whatever you can, to the right is a sample letter that you can use to help
write your letter.

Send letters to: State of Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, Lurleen B.
Wallace Building, 500 Monroe St. PO Box 302405, Montgomery, AL 36130-2405.
Phone: (334)242-8700, Fax: (334)242-1809, Emails:sziglar@paroles.state.al.us
cdillard@paroles.state.al.usv

State of Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole
Lurleen B. Wallace Building
500 Monroe St. P.O. Box 302405
Montgomery, AL 36130-2405

October 10, 2003

Your Name
Address
To the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles:
I am writing regarding the early parole hearing of Andy John Riendeau,
#193786. I recently learned about his case. Andy has been in prison for
seven years, although he has never received a fair and complete trial. Andy
has documents released through the Freedom of Information Act that clear his
name, but they have never been heard in court. With the current
over-population in Alabamaıs prisons, Andy, who is classified as a
³non-violent first-time offender,² should be granted early parole.
Andy has demonstrated his readiness for parole, with completion of all
rehabiliatory requirements and training in several trades. He has worked
tirelessly for justice and the rights of Native American Prisoners. While
in prison, he has worked hard educating and enriching the lives of himself
and those around him. He has both job offers and a strong support network
of friends, his wife and family awaiting him outside of prison. Currently,
Andy is working as a legal clerk, helping other inmates with their legal
work. He is a writer and his articles and essays have been published in
several magazines.
Andy does not pose a threat to any community and his continued
incarceration is unnecessary. He has already served 7 years and his current
parole date is set for August 1, 2006. Please accept my recommendation for
the early parole of Andy Riendeau. Andy would benefit whichever community he
chooses to grace upon his release and society as a whole.
Thanks for your time.
Sincerely,
Your Name


Free John Two Names and All Political Prisoners!


To find out how you can help, contact the following:

J. 2. N. Freedom Collective
P. 0. Box 310955
Birmingham, Alabama 35235
Anita C. Riendeau
205-791-9740
(All Cash, Checks, or Money Orders should be made out to Anita C. Riendeau.)

Or write to John directly at:
Andy ³J.2.N.² Riendeau
#193786 Dorm C-2-168
Elmore Corr. Fac.
PO Box 8
Elmore, Al 36025

From: moss <moss-A-resist.ca>


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