In the fight to defend the Atlanta Forest, people are still sitting in jail. Some of them would like public support, here are their names and addresses, but please read below to get specific information on how to send letters! Some prisoners can only receive letters on prepaid postcards that are only accessible in the USA, so if you are writing from abroad, we have listed one person who can receive paper letters just below the images.
Atlanta, GA USA– The Atlanta Police Department raided the home of three organizers with the Atlanta Solidarity Fund (ASF), a nonprofit organization and bail fund founded in 2016 that offers legal support to those facing state repression for protest-related activity. ASF has been an outspoken critic of state repression of social movements, use of chemical weapons on protesters, and increasing police militarization. The three were arrested and have been charged with money laundering and charity fraud. These are the first known people associated with a bail fund to be criminally charged.
During the release hearing the prosecutor, John Fowler, attempted to allege that the members of the Atlanta Solidarity Fund comitted the so-called “crime” of “harbor[ing] extremist anti-government and anti-establishment views” based on writings in a personal diary and other documents collected from police trash searches at their residence, attempts to paint them as leaders, and part of a group of criminal extremists.
Fowler throughout attempts to string unidentifiable conspiracist connections between actions, people, intentions, money, and ideas. Fowler cites incidents from the uprising of 2020 and other acts of protest-vandalism, which Fowler seemingly alleges these bail fund activists are a part of for simply “being anti-government” and operating a bail fund, and using a “forest justice defense fund” for protest activity, as is the stated aim. Fowler brings up an “intercepted phone call” of another case drawing unintelligible connections between them. Fowler name-drops copsofcopcity.noblogs.org and the posting of addresses of police, judges, federal agents, as supposed “witness intimidation”. The most clear stated intention given by the prosecution is the request to deny bail based on their anti-governmental ideas and beliefs.
In response to these conspiracist brainworms the judge says “there is not impressive evidence against the defendants and there is nothing illegal about for example operating a mesh network or camping supplies.” and gives the defendants bond.
From June 24th to July 1st in Atlanta Georgia, USA, a week of action will begin to head-off the Weelaunee Summer.
Come for the week. Stay for the summer.
Previous weeks of action have been bristling and bursting with energy, excitement, and activity. The following week after these, when large numbers of people that were there for the week leaves, there has consistently been what’s called a “week of repression.” During that time the police do raids and the empire strikes back in retaliation. The energy and pressure from a long hot Weelaunee summer could resist their attempts at repression.
Remember that solidarity can be felt from around the world, maybe join from wherever you are, drop a banner, send smopke signals, whatever you fancy!
Last Sunday, Palestine Action reached 28 days of siege of Elbit’s factory in Leicester!
Some of the latest actions in support of the ongoing siege include a spraypaint of “We ride 4 Palestine” on Uber’s Lime bikes in London, Red Leicester Choir performing songs in support of PalAction, and smashing and spraying Precision FM, the facilities manager of Leicester’s Israeli weapons factory.
Meanwhile, there have been a lot of news regarding charges and trials against PalAction.
Two actionists of PalActions current siege of Elbit’s factory in Leicester got detained for a couple of days and then released on May 24.
Two actionists who were involved in the groups’ siege of Leicester’s Israeli weapons factory in May last year went to court for a pre-trial hearing. They will be on trial from 19th June at Leicester Crown Court.
Three actionists who shut down Israel’s weapon’s factory in Tamworth were meant to be on trial on May 23 but the charges were dropped a day before the trial.
Further three actionists who helped shut down the Elbit HQ in London are on trial on Tuesday, May 30. Their charges were also dropped on the day.
Photo shows PalAction’s siege on Elbit’s HQ in London.
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