“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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Feb 2020: Joseph has been transferred to this county jail to await his trial this year. Sadly, he suffered an attack there in December by another inmate who may have mistaken him for an Arab terrorist and has been in the jail’s hospital ward there with a broken jaw. Information on this can be Googled.
Joseph Dibee was arrested in August 2018. He is facing several charges, including conspiracy to commit arson, related to actions claimed by the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front between 1996 and 2001. Joseph has pleaded not guilty. Learn more about his case here.
His court date will not take place until 2020. He is quite bored in the county jail and says the food is terrible. He feels that inmates are routinely stuck in Columbia to encourage them to take a plea. Taking a plea to bogus terrorist charges is something he says he will not do.
(DO NOT write about his case or reference anything illegal.)
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
Danbury, CT 06811
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.
[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
Sven van Hasselt – Released from Prison
In January 2018, Sven was sentenced to five years in prison for “conspiracy to blackmail,” in relation to the campaign to close down the notorious animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences (recently rebranded as Envigo).
Feb 2020: Brian will be released at the end of this year. Neither he nor Joseph has an official support site.
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.
Ladislav is an animal rights activist accused of illegal possession of arms, manufacturing of explosives, and terrorism for bombing in front of a McDonald’s on December 28, 2011 in which there were no injuries. He was traced after almost a year when the police tracked down the producer of a timer found at the crime scene and also mail communications between Ladislav and the manufacturer. During a house search police found materials related to ALF and components for another bomb.
He was sentenced to 25 years in 2012, but in 2016 his case was returned to the district court, the terrorism charges were dropped, and he was re-sentenced to 23.5 years.
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
Justin Solondz #98291-011
Released January 2017!
Released February 2018
Get additional information on animal liberation prisoners at these sites:
- Prisoner Solidarity: www.prisonersolidarity.net
- 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