In May 2012, a group of white supremacists attempted to hold a meeting in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, but were disrupted by anti-fascists taking direct action against their “white nationalist economic summit”. Following the action, five antifascists, known as the Tinley Park Five, were arrested and sentenced to prison in early 2013, although all have now been released. Now, after a lengthy legal process, a sixth antifascist, Jason Hammond, has now been imprisoned. If the name sounds familiar, it will be because Jason is the brother of Jeremy Hammond, who is also currently serving a lengthy sentence for exposing documents about state and corporate surveillance. You can write to Jason at:
P.O. Box 500
Vandalia, IL 62471
It’s not clear how long he’ll be at that address for, and he may shortly be moved to a different location. If you have any spare cash, you can donate to him here. General rules to remember when writing to Jason and other prisoners:
- Please do not talk about anything illegal. Remember that all letters are screened, so please do not talk about anything you would not feel comfortable saying in front of police, a prosecutor, a judge or jury.
- Include a return address in the body of your letter if you would like a reply as envelopes do not always make it to prisoners.
- Please do not use glue, yarn, ribbons, stickers, glitter, etc. in your letters as they are prohibited – crayons, coloured pencils and markers are fine.
- Please do not enclose extra stamps, extra blank paper or envelopes with your letter. While the thought is appreciated, they are prohibited and Jason will not receive them.
- Please do not include money with your letters. The best way to donate to financially help Jason is to donate here.
- Please be patient when waiting for a return letter.
If you’d also like to write to his brother, you can write to Jeremy at:
Jeremy Hammond #18729–424
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 4000
Manchester, KY 40962
I went into this action following the principles of anarchy, equality and freedom which have guided my life. For many years I have been involved in different projects engaging social justice, from volunteering at social centers, community public libraries and food distribution programs.I have also supported and participated in anti-war, environmental and immigrant rights movements. Through these experiences I became more aware of how the system that governs this society depends on the mass exploitation of large parts of the population and in fact the Earth itself for the profit of the rich and powerful. I was inspired and motivated by the people I met in the movement to strive to make change at the root of the problem, even if it meant possibly sacrificing my own personal freedom. Throughout history, any movement that struggled to change this system was considered dangerous by the government and was met with immense repression and state violence… My actions were in the spirit of continued resistance against racism and fascism and for the rights of people to live without fear of racist attacks. Those in struggle know the risk of jail, pain or death when trying to radically change the structure of society but it is a struggle we cannot ignore and we intend to win!
In other antifascist news, the South-East Alliance had a very bad day out at their “secure the borders” demo in Dover this weekend. Meanwhile in Italy, there have been demonstrations in solidarity with Emilio, an activist involved in the social center movement in Cremona who is currently in a coma following a fascist attack.