PRISONERS OF THE STATE, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!

When was the last time you wrote a letter to a prisoner? From animal rights and eco struggle to anti-racist, anarchist and anti-fascist prisoners, many folks are locked up due to their political fight.

Sending dissenting activists to prison is a fairly common tactic by governments, not only in an attempt to silence those taking action but also to inflict fear and doubt in others who might consider doing the same.

For that reason, supporting political prisoners is not only a necessary act of solidarity with those incarcerated, it also is a way of ensuring that those who are not being targeted by the state feel that if the time ever comes they will also be supported.

Today, grab yourself some paper and write a letter to a prisoner. Write to someone you’ve written before, or write to a stranger, that does not matter! But ensure you write a letter to a prisoner and open a new window within their concrete walls.

If you don’t know what to say or you’ve never written to someone incarcerated, simply tell them about your day, or about the last time you went for a walk in nature or a moment in your life that made you very happy. It doesn’t matter, simply talk to them about anything and everything except for maybe their case (especially if they are awaiting trial) or anything that could be understood as illegal.

Every prison (and sometimes just some prisoners) have mail restrictions. These vary vastly but for the most part if they are allowed to receive mail the safest way to send it is on white paper and using black ink. You can check on specific prisoner support groups to know if the person you’re writing to has restrictions. If they don’t, colourful postcards, news clippings and photos will always be a wonderful addition to your letters!

You can find a handful of prisoners to write to here:

www.unoffensiveanimal.is/prisoner-support

If you want more addresses, we find Brighton ABC to have a very up to date list:

https://www.brightonabc.org.uk/prisoners.html

NewYork ABC also has very good lists on prisoners:

https://nycabc.wordpress.com/

If by any chance you feel the need to understand why we stand against prisons, against judges and against the police, we cannot recommend this read any more effusively:

What about the rapists?

Solidarity is our biggest weapon. Use it!

SUPPORT DJURFRONT

A memeber of @djurfront was recently sentenced to pay a fine of SEK 8,732 which is around 866 euros, £734 or $1002. This fine was given after someone started a siren during a demo at a mink farm in Glommen, Sweden. A friend of the owner of the fur farm claimed he suffered damage to his hearing and reported the activist for assult.

This comes after a series of police repression against actvists protesting the disgusting mink farm owned by Niclas Petterson, who has himself attacked multiple demonstators over the years.

There has been continued pressure applied on Niclas and his mink farm from both over and underground actions. Including the staging of his own funeral in his front garden and an arson attack on his vehicle as well as regular protests.

Suport the campaign and those fighting it, show solidarity with the mink and those taking action to get them out.

Fuck fur farms and anyone invloved in the fur trade.

paypal.me/DjurfrontSE

May the mink escape their cages and eat their captors.

SUPPORT DYLAN DUNNE

In the UK, after a draconian new policing bill was introduced to push even harsher regulations on protesters, demonstrations and riots kicked off throughout the country to oppose it. Many folks got arrested, and some have been handed prison sentences. Dylan Dunne is one of them.

State control does have deep pockets and many weapons upholding it but it is still largely performative. It is reliant on us going along with it, not laughing at it and telling it to fuck off. With fascism across the globe becoming more visible and organised state repression inevitably increases as they work hard to crack down on any sign of dissent. As the British government turns back boats full of refugees they helped create they also hand out prison sentences to anyone they can catch who stands against them or makes a mockery of their “authority”.

Every day they reach higher levels of deadly and ridiculous. Dylan has now been sentenced to over 4 months in prison for… stealing a police hat at a ‘Kill the Bill’ demo. Don’t let our comrade stand alone, he has asked for letters so write to him and show support.

You can address your letters to:

Dylan Dunne #A4108ER,
HMP Horfield,
19 Cambridge Road,
Bristol, BS7 8PS,
UK.

art by @nobnozo
for more info on Kill the Bill prisoners see @bristol_abc

FUCK THE POLICE!

SUPPORT JESSICA REZNICEK.

In 2016, Jessica took action to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline but dismantling machinery as well as pipeline valves. In 2021 she was sentenced to eight years in prison, aided by the application of a terrorism enhancement to her action to save the water and show solidarity with indigenous communities. Without that terrorism enhancement, she would’ve served three years instead. She has also been asked for restitution of  $3,198,512.70 paid to Energy Transfer LLC. 

She reported to prison on August 11th and she could do with letters of support and love. She likes nature, camping, swimming, hiking, theology, music, gardening, laughter and eco-sustainability.

Please write to her here:

Jessica Reznicek # 19293-030
FCI Waseca
PO Box 1731
Waseca, MN 56093
USA

Keep up to date with her case and with all other ways to support her whilst incarcerated on the support website: https://supportjessicareznicek.com/

Scheduled release: 11th August 2029

SOLIDARITY!

HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR A SLAUGHTERHOUSE BLOCKADE IN ESSEX, UK

Essex Animal Defenders organised an action in 2020 where two folks locked on to the entrance of the slaughterhouse, halting the works for the day.

This was the culmination of many years campaigning against Romford Halal Meats, that had been found slaughtering ill and injured animals in every occasion that EAD organised an “impromptu visit”.

The action wasn’t taken lightly. They attempted to take evidence to Food Standards Association and no one did anything about it, even with heaps of evidence showing the multiple breach of regulations by the slaughterhouse.

After the lock on action they were arrested an d charged with aggravated trespass, and have now been sentenced to a combined fine of £1,470 (1722 euros, 2036 US dollars).

They have set up a GoFundMe to raise the funds and we believe no one should go under the repression of the state by themselves. If you are able to support them, please send some money to the gofundme and help them get rid of that fine so they can carry on doing their work comfortably.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-pay-fines-for-defending-animals

If you are not able to support them, please share far and wide so as many people as possible hear about it and contribute.

Solidarity is our biggest weapon

UA.

ERIC KING FILING CIVIL SUIT

For anyone who does not know, Eric is an antifascist and anarchist prisoner who is serving a 10 year sentence for throwing Molotov cocktails to an empty federal building. Since 2018, he has been facing incredibly brutal and violating prosecution from the guards in prison. Guards purposely led Eric into a locked up area where a nazi was waiting for him minutes after informing him that a white supremacist group was after him. They sat and watched the nazi beat the shit out of Eric.

Guards beat Eric multiple times whilst in the showers and even shackled him naked to a bed for eight hours straight. He was also led into an out of sight storage area and beaten up by the guards and when defending himself he earned multiple disciplinary complaints that could land him another twenty years in prison.

He has been held in solitary confinement for over 1000 days. 



The sole reason for this abuse is his political believes and the unwillingness to stop talking about it. 



The Civil Liberties Defence Center has now filed a lawsuit on his behalf to challenge the obvious collaboration between white supremacists and guards to harm or even attempt to kill Eric whilst in prison.

There is no doubt that Eric needs as much support as it is humanly possible. He is being targeted as a political prisoner and the mistreatment he is receiving is shocking. Please send a letter to Eric today. Tell him what is going on in your world, or write about some actions or news that you’ve read that you think he would like hearing.

As the prison guards are scum, try to avoid sending cards. Just send letters on white paper, black pen, in case they decide that colourful stuff is too dangerous. 



His address here: 

Eric King #27090-045
FCI Englewood
9595 West Quincy Avenue
Littleton, Colorado 80123

More info on his case: https://supportericking.org/

TÖNNIES GROUP DEMANDS COMPENSATION FROM ACTIVISTS AFTER BLOCKADE OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE.

“On 21.10.2019 we, the action group “Tear down Tönnies” blocked the Tönnies slaughterhouse “Thomsen” in Kellinghusen. For almost twelve hours, we prevented the regular slaughter operation and the killing of several thousand animals. The aim of the action was to draw attention to the precarious working conditions, the endless animal suffering and the severe climate and environmental pollution caused by the animal industry. Now Tönnies is demanding a high 5-digit sum of money as compensation for the lost profit and expenses incurred. In the meantime, Tönnies’ demand has been extended to include a claim for injunctive relief.

Tönnies has begun to enforce its claim for damages and injunctive relief in court. Tönnies is represented by the law firm Eversheds Sutherland. With the cease-and-desist declaration, Tönnies

wants us to refrain from entering the slaughterhouse premises, from interfering with access to the ramps or the access road to the slaughterhouse by having people on the roadway and/or from causing or assisting third parties to do so. In the event of a violation, we are to pay 250,000 euros or be sentenced to up to 6 months’ imprisonment.


Tönnies has split up the proceedings and is having the cases heard at the activists’ respective places of residence. This is intended to put us under further pressure, as multiple proceedings significantly increase the cost pressure.

In the meantime, the first hearings have been held before the courts. The first trial was held at the court in Kiel. The activist was ordered to pay 15,626.20 EUR in damages. The court thus recognized Tönnies’ claim in full. However, the injunction demand was judged to go too far and was reduced to prohibiting the activist from entering the slaughterhouse grounds in Kellinghusen. We have appealed against the decision of this court.

The second and third proceedings were heard by the court in Braunschweig. The court in Braunschweig followed our argumentation that the splitting of the proceedings represents an abuse of the procedural rules and that it also makes no sense in terms of procedural economy to burden several courts split through Germany with the same facts and proceedings. The Regional Court of Braunschweig has referred the proceedings to the Regional Court of Itzehoe (responsible according to the location of the crime). This makes us optimistic that other regional courts will refer the proceedings to Itzehoe.

The fourth trial was again heard by the Kiel Regional Court. The competent judge considers Tönnies’ claim for damages to be inconclusive and insufficiently substantiated. However, she does not fundamentally question the claim for damages against us. Tönnies has until mid-May to submit further evidence for the claimed costs. The verdict is to be announced on June 03, 2011.

The proceedings in Braunschweig and Kiel were accompanied by solidarity.

20 to 50 supporters came to the rallies in front of the court. Due to the Corona restrictions, only a few people were able to accompany the trial in court. The trials attract a lot of media attention. Thus, they offer us a good opportunity to emphasize our demands for an agricultural turnaround towards solidarity-based and organic agriculture as well as an exit from the animal industry and an end to the exploitation of animals, humans and the environment. We also have to criticize and problematize the attempts of corporations to stop protests with civil suits against activists.

We do not want to resign ourselves to this. We will continue to campaign for the liberation of people, animals and nature. We will continue to defend ourselves legally against the intimidation attempts by Tönnies.

We can only be successful together. Let us ensure that Tönnies loses the desire to sue. Use the trial to take further action against Tönnies.

We are happy about a solidary process support,

If you would like to support us financially:

Donation account:

Recipient: VusEumUmseP e.V.
IBAN: DE30 8306 5408 0004 0613 81
BIC: GENODEF1SLR
Subject: TDT2110 [important]

Our solidarity against their repression!

You’ll find more infomation at: teardowntoennies.noblogs.org

HELP KARL HÄGGROTH, FINED FOR FIGHTING AGAINST THE FUR INDUSTRY

As many of you might know, we have already published about Karl before. They were locked up for a while awaiting trial and later released awaiting a second trial.

Karl was accused of assaulting Niclas Pettersson, a Swedish mink farmer that has been relentlessly targeted by a campaign to close his farm.

Whilst it was clear that Niclas assaulted Karl, he did not get any charges or convictions. Karl on the other hand received a 25,800 SEK (2540€) fine.

You can see the video of the assault here:

https://www.facebook.com/stangminkfarmenifalkenberg/videos/1792219907476677/

There is a Paypal pool for anyone who can help with this fine. It is quite hefty so if anyone is able to send them some money, that would be immensely appreciated.

Donate here:

https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8z4yquAHQy

If you cannot donate, please spread the world. Not only share this link, but talk to others about it, explain what is going on, get involved with the campaign and support those who are fighting in the front lines.

Stäng minkfarmen i Falkenberg!

SOLIDARITY RAFFLE AND FUNDRAISER

As you all know, one of the main jobs we do is supporting comrades in prison and folks who have to cover fines after taking action. The reality of it is that we never make enough money in order to cover everything we would like to cover, even counting PayPal donations, patreon donations and merch.

Luckily, many of you are super generous and want to help in any way possible. These time, we bring you something just a tad different thanks to @goaskforde, who has donated artwork to raise funds to support prisoners.

We are going to run a little raffle for a couple of weeks. The tickets can be bought through our website for 7.50 GBP and you can get as many tickets as you want. If you win, @goaskforde will send:

– “Now” Framed original 10×12″ ink drawing of a wolf
– “Light a Match, Burn a Prison” signed 8×10″ fine art giclee print
– Large vinyl “Boltcuttter Birdie” sticker
– Large vinyl “Praying mantis” sticker

In addition, we will send a hoodie of your choice (stock dependent!) and a bunch of stickers.

So if you like art, or simply if you’d like to support us and help us keep helping folks, please grab yourself a ticket or two down below:

We will anounce the winners on the 3rd of May, so you have 14 days to get as many tickets as you can and to share this around as much as possible!

Also, please follow @goaskforde on instagram and support artists as much as possible. You can also find the artwork on www.goaskforde.com

Solidarity

UA.

COMRADE SENTENCED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF A STRING OF BUTCHER SHOP ATTACKS

Someone in Norwich, UK, was sentenced to a 1000 GBP fine after being found guilty of attacking multiple butcher shops. Whilst the person feels the sentencing was relatively lenient and they have started to pay the fine in small monthly payments, it would be very useful if that fine was paid in full and gotten rid of as it eases the burden of having probation keeping an eye on you and your transactions.

For that reason and thanks to a very generous donation by artist and comrade @goaskforde, we will be organising an artwork raffle to raise the funds.

Because it is quite a lot of money and we doubt we will be able to raise all those funds with just the raffle, we are asking for people to consider sending a donation over PayPal if they can afford it. You can be overly generous if that doesn’t put you in a difficult position, or you can just donate 5 pounds, every little bit that people put towards this fine helps someone feel supported after being caught doing an anonymous action.

If you are unable to donate, please spread the word as much as possible. Liking, commenting, sharing and saving this post all increase the algorithm and help this fundraiser reach as many people as possible.

Keep an eye for the upcoming art raffle, we will publish it very soon, and for the time being if you can donate, send some coins to www.paypal.me/unoffensiveanimal112

SOLIDARITY IS OUR WEAPON!