SOCPA7 Court Protest – Transport available from Bristol

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9am onwards // Friday 10th October 2014

Southwark Crown Court, 1 English Grounds (off Battlebridge Lane), Southwark, London SE1 2HU.

If you’re interested in traveling from Bristol, please email bristol_abc@riseup.net to book a place in our shared vehicles.

After more than 2 years on bail for their part in the campaign to close Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory; Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), the SOCPA7 defendants will attend court to be sentenced on Friday 10th October.

The SOCPA7 are compassionate campaigners who were raided and arrested for holding protests against HLS. They were charged with conspiracy under special laws that were introduced to criminalise anti-vivisection campaigns.

Debbie and Lorna have the most serious charges and face up to 5 years in prison, Emma and Anton face up to 3 months and Emily and Alexis face large fines.

Don’t let them go through this alone!

Join us in a peaceful protest outside the court in solidarity with the activists as their sentencing takes place. Together we have the strength to fight animal testing and resist state repression.

To learn more about the SOCPA7 case, laws and defendants, visit the support website: www.socpa7.org

Please join the Facebook event page to give us an idea of numbers on the day: www.facebook.com/events/147032525467120

Help us to build a good show of support for the defendants by sharing this event info and inviting your friends.

Please note that space in the public gallery is limited, so we ask that this be saved for close friends and family invited by the defendants.

SOCPA7 Support Group
info@socpa7.org
www.socpa7.org
www.facebook.com/socpa7

SOCPA 7 Solidarity Night – Food & Music Fundraiser

S7 Info Night Bristol

 

Thursday 11 September 2014, Kebele, 14 Robertson Road, Bristol, BS5 6JY

Delicious meal & dessert from 6.30pm. Acoustic punk rock from 8pm
£5 donation

See the live music below:

11thsept

 

 

About the case

Inside the walls of Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), over 100,000 animals are imprisoned and more than 500 animals are killed every day.

In 2005, in an attempt to stop organisers that were successfully undermining the future of animal testing in Europe, UK Government introduced two new laws; SOCPA 145 and 146, part of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act. These laws only apply to antivivisection campaigners and turn minor public order breaches into serious criminal offences.

In 2012-2013 seven people were raided, arrested and charged for conspiracy to commit SOCPA. Defendants face a two month trial in September 2014 and up to five years in prison if convicted.

Help us fundraise for their court & legal costs. Don’t let them face this alone!

www.socpa7.org
info@socpa7.org

Support Luke O’Donovan

Luke O’Donovan is currently serving a two-year sentence for defending himself during a gay-bashing. He is vegan and is currently not receiving vegan food in prison, despite repeated requests from him and his lawyer.

The solidarity group are asking for a national call-in to the jail. Please call 404-613-2000 (jail), 404-613-2264 (kitchen) and 404-613-2002 (jail) and demand an adequate vegan diet for Luke–and please forward this to like-minded friends. For more information on Luke, his case, and other ways to support him, please visit letlukego.wordpress.com

Kevin Johnson moved Prisons

KEVIN TRANSFERRED TO DANVILLE CORRECTIONAL CENTER 

Earlier this week, we posted an update on Kevin’s status and what we all expected to be the next steps of his ongoing incarceration in light of the recent AETA indictment. Some things have changed…

The Good News

Kevin got back his property, so he has his books, coffee, and some commissary items leftover from Vandalia. He has some sporadic phone access. His spirits, as always, are relatively good. He expects to be getting vegan meals at the beginning of August. And he can receive mail starting immediately (new address posted below).

The Bad News

Danville is a tightly-controlled medium security facility that has Kevin in a cell 21 hours of the day. He’s only given access to commissary every three to four weeks. The college courses he was enrolled in at Vandalia won’t count towards an early release, putting his anticipated release date at October 22nd. Danville is where Kevin will serve out the rest of his state sentence, and it’s located in west-central Illinois, around three hours away from anyone he knows in St. Louis or Chicago.

What Else?

Kevin and Tyler’s arraignment is still set for Tuesday, July 29th in Chicago. He’ll likely be transported there for the court date the night before or day-of, and then sent back to Danville immediately afterwards.

What’s Needed Right Now?

More than anything, DONATIONS. Bail for Kevin, attorneys for Tyler and Kevin, and a reserve of support funds for both of them are critical. We want to thank everyone for the money that’s already come in—every time we check the PayPal account, it’s another testament to how well this movement can put aside differences and really galvanize.

One more note on the donations: Remember, if you can’t contribute yourself, please share the updates, hold a fundraiser, and put the SupportKevinAndTyler.com URL everywhere.

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Please send Kevin a letter of support:

Kevin Johnson, M42382
Danville Correctional Center
3820 E. Main St.
Danville, IL 61834

Tyler Lang was released from state custody in November 2013. He is currently out on bond awaiting arraignment on the federal charges.

Support New Prisoner Liam Harriman

Source: http://ldmg.org.uk/

Liam Harriman has just been sent to prison for 8 weeks (16 week sentence of which he’ll probably serve 8). He was arrested at the G8 protest last summer in London. Please support him. You can write to him directly:

Liam Harriman (A0131DG)
HMP Pentonville
Caledonian Rd
London N7 8TT

You can also use the web site emailaprisoner.com to write via the internet, messages get printed out and given to prisoners the next day

Worsening conditions for Kevin after terrorism charges

For the initial days following the July 10th AETA indictment, Kevin was still being held in general population at Vandalia Correctional Center. As of July 17th, however, he was moved into segregational custody at the prison. Since then, he’s had almost no contact with the outside world, aside from one letter he was able to send and phone calls with attorneys.

Between information gathered from talking to prison officials and Kevin’s lawyers, and the letter he sent on July 17th (which was received today), we know this:

 

  • He has no phone or visitation privileges.
  • He has no commissary privileges.
  • He is being denied writing materials.
  • He is being denied showers.
  • The Feds have pulled him from the college program he was enrolled in, making him ineligible for early release (the classes he’s been taking for the last four months count towards nothing).
  • All of his belongings were sent to the warden’s office for disposition. The reason stated was that he had “excess property” (37 books, 14 bags of instant coffee, and 110 stamped envelopes).
  • On July 23rd, he will be transported to Stateville to await arraignment on July 29th. After that, he will likely be held in the custody of IDOC, meaning he’ll return to Stateville until they move him into a new Illinois prison (probably a medium security facility, although which one remains to be seen) where he’ll finish out his state sentence.
  • A bail hearing should be scheduled soon, but we still don’t know the date. If Kevin can bail (or bond) out, he’ll serve the rest of his sentence in Illinois and be released in November, free at least while the federal case is being worked.

 

Despite all this, Kevin made it a point in his letter to say he wants everyone to know he’s keeping strong. He says there’s a window across the hall from his cell…and that he’s watching the birds.

Please donate now to help with bail funds and legal fees. 

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Please send Kevin a letter of support:

Kevin Johnson, M42382
Danville Correctional Center
3820 E. Main St.
Danville, IL 61834

Tyler Lang was released from state custody in November 2013. He is currently out on bond awaiting arraignment on the federal charges.

Comrades Gianluca and Adriano sentenced (Italy)

From: 325.nostate.net/?p=11134

July 20th, 2014

Rome – 18th of July 2014

The anarchist comrades Gianluca Iacovacci and Adriano Antonacci were
sentenced today by the judge Simonetta D’Alessandro to 6 years (Gianluca)
and 3 years and 8 months (Adriano) of jail for several sabotages and incendiary attacks against ENIL, ENEL Energy companies, a fur shop, banks and the working site of a refuse-dump in the area surrounding Rome, between 2010 and 2013.

The judge confirmed the charge of 270bis (subversive association) with the aim of international terrorism. Gianluca claimed some time ago the responsibility for some of the actions they were accused of, the ones signed by FAI.

During the trial he refused to defend himself and resigned the lawyer, both of them refused to participate in the trial by video-conference.

Incendiary solidarity with our two comrades!!!

To write them:

Gianluca Iacovacci
CC di Alessandria
Via Casale 50/A
15122 San Michele (AL)
Italia

Adriano Antonacci
CC di Ferrara
Via Arginone 327
44122 Ferrara
Italia