Breakfast in the Chemung County Jail is served at 5 a.m. This morning—Friday, November 21, 2014—it was Cheerios and milk plus two slaps of universally-despised “breakfast cake.” Along with trays of food—which are passed through the bars—arrive the morning rounds of meds for the inmates who take them. Now comes my favorite time of day in jail—the two quiet hours between breakfast and 7 a.m. before the television clicks on and we are ordered to make our beds and the loud day begins. Between the end of breakfast and 7 a.m., most women go back to sleep. Now I can hear only the sounds of their breathing—different rhythms all—and, on the far side of the steel door—the occasional voices of the C.O.s (correction officers, a.k.a. the guards) and the walkie-talkie orders they themselves are receiving.
Posts Tagged ‘political prisoners’
Brian Vaillancourt M42889
3820 East Main Street
Danville, IL 61834
“I don’t care. I know who I am, what I did, what I’m doing, and what I will do… Because it’s a war — a war we intend to win…”
To make a donation through JPay or Western Union, please click HERE and type “Vaillancourt” in the search box. It will allow you to access Brian’s info.
by Camille A. Marino
While I would normally never publish a private communication without prior consent, I am making an exception in this case to share with our community what one of our Prisoners of War, Brian Vaillancourt, shared with me. I do not believe that Brian wants to sever ties with his community. Nor do I believe that he is concerned about FBI scrutiny while he is incarcerated and inactive. Brian’s letters are written on the back of scrap paper. He clearly has no money for commissary. I believe he has not been getting the support he needs and feels abandoned by us. Personally, I have been engrossed with my campaigns in Florida or otherwise distracted by my own legal nightmare. I am guilty of not having written and supported Brian as much as he deserves over the past several months.
Chicago Tribune reporter
The lawyer for one of two California animal activists accused of sabotaging an Illinois mink farm and releasing about 2,000 animals into the wild last year said today he plans to challenge the constitutionality of the federal “animal enterprise terrorism” charges the men are facing.
Tyler Lang, 25, and Kevin Johnson, 27, each pleaded not guilty today at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago. They were indicted this month on charges of conspiracy and interstate travel to damage and interfere with the operations of an animal enterprise.
Johnson’s attorney, Michael Deutsch, told U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur he plans to file a motion challenging the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the federal statute under which the charges fall.
It is very unfortunate that my political struggle — my stated objective to wage war on vivisectors and their despicable war crimes — has been overshadowed and compromised by internal drama since I was jailed on a bond violation in the summer of 2012. For anyone who has been paying attention (or trying to look away), another person in this movement and I have been engaged in a 2-year long slugfest that has plunged the depths of personal attacks and served to take the focus off the animals. And we’ve both provided vivisectors with countless hours of entertainment. These are truly my deepest regrets. I have chosen to disengage and to no longer participate or retaliate in this nonsense irrespective of what any other party chooses to do. My actions alone will speak for me going forward.
Brian Vaillancourt will serve another six and a half years for attempting to burn down a McDonald’s in Rosemont. His out date is set for September 25, 2020. And it is imperative that we rally around our comrades while they are in the hands of the state. Prisoners look forward to getting mail. Any imprisoned Animal Liberation activist is inspired and encouraged to hear about our work for the animals outside. Write a letter, take action in his honor, or make a donation today.
Source: Support Kevin & Tyler
New statement from Kevin, April 1st 2014.
“In prison, you want to know that others are taking up where you left off. So when people ask me what they should do to support prisoners, I tell them to send movement news. Even in the grayest correctional bubble, word of critters scurrying from concentration camps is enough to bring a sense of freedom flooding back into any activist’s veins.
But these days, when I hear the latest, it often has the opposite effect.
by Walter Bond
Whenever we the human race set about oppressing another group from within or from outside our own species the justifications we use are not only similar in design but often times exact verbatim. There is a fairly intricate pathology to how we determine the otherness of different groups. Unfortunately, it is far too complex for the scope of this slim essay. However, I would like to highlight a couple prime examples that I have come across in my years as an activist for the liberation of Animals and the Earth, as well as my experience as a political prisoner because of that fight.
Earlier today, Brian was moved from Stateville to Danville Correction Center in Illinois. Because he was unable to retain competent counsel, he accepted a plea deal on February 3, 2014, was convicted of aggravated arson, and was sentenced to 9 years. Brian was looking at going away for 30 years if convicted at trial. He had already served a full year in Cook County Jail and is now scheduled to complete the balance of his sentence at Danville.
A legal fund has been established that will allow Brian to hire an attorney to appeal his sentence. Please visit this support page HERE. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
by Walter Bond
According to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition the definition of the word “compassion” is: “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it”. Very well, by the definition thus given we see right off the bat that compassion is more than just a feeling, or a pretentious connection with others’ pain. It is far more than a buzzword to be bandied about in the name of a cause.