A quick update on a few recent repression-related stories:
Prison rebel Jason Walker has been attacked by staff at the Ellis Unit in Texas, and is now facing trumped-up charges in a further attempt to silence his voice. You can send him some words of support at Jason Renard Walker, 1532092, Ellis Unit, 1697 FM 980, Huntsville TX 77340.
The Final Straw radio show also suggest:
“Direct attention to authorities at Ellis Unit:
Ellis Unit warden Kelly Strong:
936-295-5756 (**010) or email@example.com
Regional Director Wayne Brewer:
Wayne.Brewer@tdcj.texas.gov or 936-437-1770
firstname.lastname@example.org and 936-437-4927
A suggested script is posted in our notes:
I am contacting you as I have seen reports that inmate Jason Renard Walker, #1532092, has been attacked by staff at the Ellis Unit, and that he is now being threatened with a false disciplinary charge to try and distort the facts of the issue. I demand that there is a full independent review of all relevant surveillance footage, including any CCTV recordings from the cafeteria on the morning of November 23rd 2018 and the portable camera that was used to record Mr. Walker being escorted to his cell following the incident. Mr. Walker and all the members of staff involved, especially officers Pollock and Williford, should be given polygraph tests to determine whose version of events is more truthful, and all relevant witnesses should be interviewed. Mr. Walker reports that an inmate known as Fishtrap, along with another inmate who lives in B4, witnessed the entire scene.
Please be aware that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice may be held legally responsible for any harm that comes to Mr. Walker while he is in TDCJ’s custody.
Anarchist hacker Jeremy Hammond has similarly been charged with attacking a guard after apparently opening a door (that didn’t have a window) and bumping a member of staff who was stood on the other side, and is now facing the threat of a transfer to a worse facility. His support team aren’t currently asking for pressure on the authorities, but say
“For now, the best way to continue to support Jeremy is to write. (Letters and cards only at this time, please – no books or magazines.)
Jeremy Hammond, #18729-424
P.O. Box 1000
Milan, MI 48160”
The legal case against people accused of involvement in an anti-gentrification riot in Hamilton, Ontario, seems to have come to an end, with defendants accepting a plea deal, meaning that “one person was sentenced to a year in prison, of which they expect to serve 5-6 months, and is now in jail; another will be sentenced to a shorter jail term in the new year; and one person received a 9 month conditional sentence entailing house arrest and a curfew. On the ever so slight brighter side of the plea deal, two people were sentenced to a conditional discharge and 3 others had their charges withdrawn in exchange for signing a peace bond. This means 5 out of the 8 us will come out of this without a permanent criminal record. Everyone’s sentence also include a period of probation and some amount of community service.”
At the moment, you can reach Cedar, the person serving the longest term, by writing to Peter Hopperton, 165 Barton St. E, Hamilton, ON, L8L 2W6, but it seems likely that they will be moved soon, so check Hamilton Anarchist Support for updates.
Closer to home, the lengthy trial of the Stansted 15 is almost over, with a verdict expected as soon as Wednesday 5th or Thursday 6th December. And comrades in London are organising a solidarity demo for the Russian antifascists and anarchists under attack from the state, with a call for people to meet at the Cable Street Mural on Saturday 19th January.