“If they haven’t got prisoners, we have stopped fighting. If our prisoners are forgotten about, they have beaten us.” -Keith Mann, ALF activist and former prisoner
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FCI Victorville Medium I
P.O. BOX 3725
ADELANTO, CA 92301 USA
Charges: A federal grand jury indictment alleges that Nicole and Joseph conspired to “travel in interstate and foreign commerce for the purpose of causing physical disruption to the functioning of animal enterprises, to intentionally damage and cause the loss of real and personal property, including, but not limited to, animals and records used by the animal enterprises, and caused economic damage in an amount exceeding $100, 000″ by allegedly releasing thousands of animals from fur farms and destroying breeding records in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The indictment also alleges that they caused economic damage to various retail and distribution businesses and individuals associated with the fur industry.
In early 2016, Nicole and Joseph both signed non-cooperating plea agreements in which they pled guilty to Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. On May 2nd, Joseph was sentenced to two years in prison, two years of supervised release, and about $400,000 in restitution. Nicole’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for June of 2016.
Nicole Kissane is a 28 year old animal rights activist. She went vegan at 16 years old and has never looked back. Nicole has been involved in a number of campaigns in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas, but has since moved to Oakland, California, where she currently resides.
Joseph Buddenberg is both an aspiring and failed comedian. He enjoys urban exploration, small towns, sketch comedy, 90’s hip hop, and reading philosophy and theory. He is currently reading Kafka as his life continues on this Kafka-esque path of terrorism task forces and false accusations.
Support: Please contribute to the support fund for Nicole and Joseph. Your solidarity is essential in making sure that Nicole and Joseph have strong support and the reassurance that they have a community to take care of them. Thank you for donating and for your continued support. Donate here: https://supportnicoleandjoseph.com/2015/07/27/donate-to-the-defense-fund/
If you would prefer to write a check, they can be made out to “Nicole and Joseph Defense Fund” and sent to:
Nicole & Joseph Defense Fund
PO Box 1712
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Walter Bond #37096-013
PO Box 5000
Greenville, IL 62246
Charges: The FBI alleges Bond admitted to an informant to setting two additional fires – one at Tandy Leather Factory, the other at Tiburon (foie gras restaurant), both in Utah. In anonymous communiques, “A.L.F. Lone Wolf” took credit.
For more information, and to read Walter’s essays and correspondence from jail: www.SupportWalter.org
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
Charges: Marius Mason is an anarchist and an environmental and animal rights prisoner serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of sabotage carried out in defense of the planet. No one was injured in any of these actions. After being threatened with a life sentence in 2009, he pleaded guilty to charges of arson at a Michigan State University lab researching Genetically Modified Organisms for Monsanto, and admitted to 12 other acts of property damage. The sentencing judge applied a so-called “terrorism enhancement” to his term which added almost two more years than the maximum requested by the prosecution. This is the harshest punishment of anyone convicted of environmental sabotage to date. For comparison, a man who recently set an arson for profit fire that paralyzed a Detroit firefighter and injured six of his colleagues was sentenced to a maximum of seven years in prison.
Marius is incarcerated in the high security Administration Unit at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. According to the prison’s own literature, the unit is “designed for female inmates with histories of escapes, chronic behavior problems, repeated incidents of assaultive or predatory behavior, or other special management concerns.” Marius has never violated any prison rules. Clearly, he is being held in this unit because of his political beliefs and in an effort to silence him.
[Note: Under no circumstances mention any illegal acts. Letters that mention other Green Scare prisoners may be rejected. While at Waseca prison, Mason had a list of 100 pre-approved people who he could write to; if you were not on that list, he was not be able to write you back, although he was be able to receive your incoming mail. We are not sure about the present rules. Please address all mail to Marie (Marius) Mason, as the state refuses to recognize Marius’ change of name]
Donations: [Please do NOT donate directly to Marius’ prison commissary account] Donate directly to Marius’ family for commissary, phone time, etc. by sending money to:
PO Box 352
Stanwood MI 49346
Justin Solondz #98291-011
Released January 2017!
Update: After being extradited from China and convicted of Earth Liberation Front actions in the United States, Green Scare target Justin Solondz has been transferred to a prison in western Pennsylvania. This puts him much closer to his parents than when he was imprisoned at FDC SeaTac. Please let Justin know you’re thinking about him by sending a card or letter.
Charges: In early 2009, Justin Solondz was arrested in China on local charges, more than three years after he was indicted on arson and conspiracy charges related to actions in the U.S. claimed by the ELF/ALF. In July 2011, Justin was taken into federal custody upon his expulsion from China, after completing a prison sentence. In March 2012, Justin was sentenced to seven years in prison.
More information: SupportJustin.org
Brian was arrested on February 9, 2013 in Chicago for, in his words, allegedly trying “to burn down a slaughterhouse known as McDonalds.” He is currently being held in the Cook County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
He was charged with Aggravated Arson 720 ILCS 5 20-1.1(a)(1) , a Class X felony which carries a mandatory minimum of 6 – 30 years in the Department of Corrections. The Class X felony is, short of first degree murder, the most serious felony offense on the books in Illinois.
Things to remember when writing to prisoners:
1. Don’t discuss any illegal activity (ALL mail is read by prison officials).
2. Each prison has its own mail restrictions.
3. Do not put any stickers inside or outside the card/letter (including Air Mail/Par Avion stickers, if writing from overseas)
4. Do not include any paperclips, staples or anything extra in your letter.
5. Write your address on the envelope AND inside the letter, since prisoners often are not given the envelope.
6. Do not send money to the prison address (please contact activist’s support groups to financially support prisoners).
7. Prisoners appreciate books, but they must be paperback, and must ship directly from the publisher or from online retailers like Amazon.com.
8. Your letters are appreciated , even if you don’t receive a response (prisoners are only allowed a limited amount of paper, envelopes and stamps, making it difficult to respond to every letter).
Certain human cultures have been waging war against the Earth for millennia. I chose to fight on the side of bears, mountain lions, skunks, bats, saguaros, cliff rose and all things wild. I am just the most recent casualty in that war. But tonight I have made a jail break — I am returning home, to the Earth, to the place of my origins.
— Bill Rodgers, 12/21/05 (the winter solstice)
William Sweet , British anti-bloodsports activist shot dead (January 1976) during an altercation with a man shooting birds.
Fernando Pereira , Greenpeace activist killed in New Zealand (July 1985) when the French secret service blew up the ship the Rainbow Warrior.
Bartolomeu Morais da Silva (aka “Brasilia”) a Brazilian farmer who led the struggle against illegal logging, land fraud and destructive large-scale infrastructure projects was found murdered from shot gun wounds and his legs broken in July 2002.
Mike Hill , British hunt saboteur deliberately run over by a hunter in February 1991.
Tom Worby , British hunt saboteur deliberately run over by a hunter in April 1993.
Jill Phipps , British activist deliberately run over whilst trying to stop live animal exports in February 1995.
Karel Van Noppen , a Belgium vet who was assassinated in 1993 by hitmen after he exposed mafia connections in the meat industry.
David “Gypsy” Chain , American eco-activist crushed to death in September 1998 when a tree was felled on top of him by an irate logger in California’s Headwoods Forest.
Beth O’Brien , an American eco-activist died in April 2002 after falling from a tree she was sitting in and protecting at the Eagel Creek timber sale and camp.
Robert “Naya” Bryan , an American eco-activist who died October 2002 after falling from a tree he occupied in Santa Cruz.
Barry Horne, British Animal Lib prisoner starved to death in November 2001 as a result of a hunger strike protesting vivisection.
Recently Released Prisoners
Matthew Pfeiffer (Grand Jury Resister)
Released April 2013
Released December 2013
Get additional information on animal liberation prisoners at these sites:
- AR Prisoners: www.arprisoners.org/
- No Compromise: www.nocompromise.org/issues/25hallofshame.html
- Bite Back: www.directaction.info/prisoners.htm
- Earth and Animal Liberation Prisoners: www.spiritoffreedom.org.uk/addresses.html
Northwest Grand Jury Defense Network: www.GrandJuryDefense.org
Support Latin American Prisoners: http://anti-politics.net/incendio/priss.htm