Spirit of Freedom
EARTH LIBERATION PRISONERS SUPPORT NETWORK
"The whole experience has been tough, but all the kind and strengthening
and wise thoughts from strangers made it much easier!"
(Former Swedish Animal Rights Prisoner)
Welcome to the July 2009 edition of Spirit of Freedom. In mid-June ELP
received a report that the American environmentalist, Justin Solondz, who is
wanted by the FBI in connection to their investigation which led to the
Green Scare Trials in both Oregon and Washington, has been arrested in
China. Since then ELP has not heard anything more about Justin. If anyone
has any information on Justin and where he is currently being held (if the
rumours about his arrest are correct) then please let ELP know.
ELP has also received a report about a 19-year old, Adam Zyskowski, being
arrested in Canada accused of twice setting fire to the same housing
development in Ontario. We understand that Adam is facing two counts of
arson, and one count of wearing a disguise with intent to commit an
indictable offence. If anyone has any further information about Adam or how
to contact him, please let ELP know.
However despite the sad news about the above arrests, there is some good
news, the last of the French anti-nuclear prisoners held on remand accused
of sabotaging railway lines has been released pending trial. Also the Dutch
animal rights activists accused of liberating mink from a fur farm have been
released from prison. Plus American SHAC Prisoner, Josh Harper, has been
released. This is all brilliant news. However despite the releases, still
too many prisoners remain inside. Remember, all of the prisoners listed
below welcome letters of support. And as our lists always show, the cause
for Earth/Animal Liberation is international. So please, regardless of what
languages you speak, regardless of where you are in the world, please
support the eco-prisoners and no compromise in defence of Mother Earth!
If anyone notices any of ELP's prisoner details is out of date, please let
ELP know as soon as possible. ELP is run by a small group of volunteers and
although we try to ensure our lists are accurate, we admit we do make
mistakes. So help us help keep the lists accurate by letting us know of any
changes we need to make.
Tre Arrow, #70936065, FCI Herlong, Federal Correctional Institution, PO Box
800, Herlong, CA 96113, USA. Serving 78 months for his involvement in two
ELF arsons. 1) an arson on logging trucks 2) an arson on vehicles owned by
a sand & gravel company. (Tre is a raw energy vegan - He has asked that his
letters of support are written on scrap paper or tree-free paper).
Grant Barnes #137563, San Carlos Correctional Facility, PO Box 3, Pueblo, CO
81002, USA. Serving 12 years for setting fire to a number of SUV vehicles.
The letters ELF were spray painted onto all of the vehicles. (Grant is a
Nathan Block, #36359-086, FCI Lompoc, Federal Correctional Institution, 3600
Guard Road, Lompoc, CA 93436, USA. Serving 7 years & 8 months for an ELF
arson against a Poplar Tree Farm and an ELF arson against an SUV dealership.
Also admitted his role in an ELF/ALF conspiracy. (Diet unknown).
Marco Camenisch, Postfach 3143, CH-8105 Regensdorf, Switzerland. Serving 18
years. 1) Ten years for using explosives to destroy electricity pylons
leading from nuclear power stations. 2) Eight years for the murder of a
Swiss Boarder Guard whilst on the run. In '02 Marco completed a 12-year
sentence in Italy for destroying electricity pylons in Italy. (Marco is a
meat eater who encourages organic living).
Daniele Casalini, Via Casale 50/a, 15040 San Michele (AL), Italy. Il
Silvestre activist awaiting trial accused of using explosives to damage an
electricity pylon in protest at nuclear energy. (Daniele is a vegan).
Francesco Gioia, Via Casale 50/a, 15040 San Michele (AL), Italy. Il
Silvestre activist awaiting trial accused of using explosives to damage an
electricity pylon in protest at nuclear energy. (Francesco is a vegetarian
and Straight Edge).
Maura Harringon, Dochas Centre, Mountjoy Gaol, North Circular Road, Dublin
7, Republic of Ireland. Jailed for non-payment of a fine. The fine was
issued following Maura's involvement in an anti-Shell petrol company
protest. (Diet unknown).
Jonatan. E-mail messages of support to email@example.com A 20-year old
Swedish man sentenced to 15 months imprisonment after admitting damaging a
communication tower used by the Department of Defence, cutting the cables on
a crane used in creating urban sprawl, and damaging a vehicle used in the
logging industry. Jonatan is currently on bail as he appeals his sentence
(Jonatan is a vegan).
Jeffrey Luers, # 13797671, CRCI, 9111 NE Sunderland Ave, Portland, OR
97211-1708, USA. Serving 10 years for arson on a SUV dealership & the
attempted arson of an oil truck. The original sentence was 22 years & 8
months, but was reduced on appeal. (Diet unknown).
Marie Jeanette Mason, #04672-061, FCI Waseca, Federal Correctional
Institution, PO Box 1731, Waseca, MN 56093, USA. Serving 21 years and 10
months for her involvement in an ELF arson against a University building
carrying out Genetically Modified crop tests. Marie also pleaded guilty to
conspiring to carry out ELF actions and admitted involvement in 12 other ELF
actions. (Marie is a vegan).
Eric McDavid, 16209-097, FCI Victorville, Medium II, Federal Correctional
Institution, PO Box 5300, Adelanto, CA 92301, USA. Serving 19 years & 7
months for planning to destroy the property of the U.S. Forestry Service,
mobile phone masts and power plants. At the point of his arrest no criminal
damage has actually occurred. (Eric is a vegan).
Daniel McGowan, 63794-053, USP Marion, US Penitentiary, PO Box 1000, Marion,
IL 62959, USA. Serving 7 years for an ELF arson against a Poplar Tree Farm
and an ELF arson against an old growth logging corporation. Also admitted
his role in an ELF/ALF conspiracy. (Daniel is a vegetarian).
Jonathan Paul - See details in Animal Liberation Prisoners List.
Michael Sykes 696693, Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility, 1728
Bluewater Highway, Ionia, MI 48846, USA. Serving four to ten years for
anti-sprawl arsons, criminal damage to a utility pole, spray-painting
political graffiti and burning the American flag. (Diet unknown)
Briana Waters 36432-086, FCI Danbury, Federal Correctional Institution,
Route 37, Danbury, CT 06811, USA. Serving six years for involvement in an
ELF arson on a University. (Diet unknown).
Joyanna Zacher, #36360-086, FCI Dublin, 5700 8th St.- Camp Parks- Unit F,
Dublin, CA 94568, USA. Serving 7 years & 8 months for an ELF arson against
a Poplar Tree Farm and an ELF arson against an SUV dealership. Also
admitted her role in an ELF/ALF conspiracy. (Diet unknown).
ANIMAL LIBERATION PRISONERS
(All Animal Liberation Prisoners follow a minimum vegetarian diet and most
Jonny Ablewhite TB4885, HMP Ranby, Retford, Notts, DN22 8EU, England.
Serving 12 years for attempting to blackmail a farmer who supplied guinea
pigs for vivisection. (Jon is a vegan).
Dan Amos VN7818, HMP Guys Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 0AH, England.
Serving 4 years for conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences. (Dan
is a vegan)
Gregg Avery TA7450, HMP Coldingley, Shaftesbury Road, Bisley, Woking, Surrey
GU24 9EX, England. Serving 9 years for conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon
Life Sciences. (Gregg is a vegan).
Natasha Avery NR8987, HMP Send, Ripley Road, Woking, Surrey, GU23 7LJ,
England. Serving 9 years for conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life
Sciences. (Nat is a vegan).
Mel Broughton TN9138, HMP Woodhill, Tattenhoe Street, Milton Keynes, Bucks
MK4 4DA, England. Serving 10 years for "conspiracy to commit arson" against
Oxford University vivisection department. (Mel is a vegan).
Jacob Conroy #93501-011, FCI Terminal Island, Federal Correctional
Institution, P.O. Box 3007, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA. Serving 48 months
imprisonment for helping organise the SHAC-USA campaign. (Jake is a vegan).
Lauren Gazzola #93497-011, FCI Danbury, Federal Correctional Institution,
Route #37Danbury, CT 06811, USA. Serving 54 months imprisonment for helping
organise the SHAC-USA campaign. (Lauren is a vegan).
Linda Greene, #1300927, Century Regional Detention Facility, 11705 S.
Alameda Street, Lynwood, CA 90262, USA. On remand accused of stalking.
Exact details of the indictment have not yet been revealed but the charges
appear to relate to a person employed by an educational facility so may be
linked to vivisection. (Linda is a vegan).
Jordan Halliday, Inmate #24836, 1225 West Valley View Highway, Suite 100,
Logan, UT 84321, USA. Jailed for contempt of court for refusing to testify
before a Grand Jury investigating animal rights actions in Utah. (Jordan is
Sean Kirtley WC 6977, HMP Stafford, 54 Gaol Road, Stafford, ST16 3AW,
England. Serving four and a half years for running an anti-vivisection
campaign website. (Sean is a vegan).
Kevin Kjonaas #93502-011, FCI Sandstone, PO Box 1000, Sandstone, MN 55072
USA. Serving 72 months imprisonment for helping organise the SHAC-USA
campaign. (Kevin is a vegan).
Daniel McGowan - See details in Eco Defence Prisoners List.
Gavin Medd-Hall WV9475, HMP Coldingley, Shaftesbury Road, Bisley, Woking,
Surrey GU24 9EX, England. Serving 8 years for conspiracy to blackmail
Huntingdon Life Sciences. (Gavin is a vegan).
Heather Nicholson VM4859, HMP Send, Ripley Road, Woking, Surrey, GU23 7LJ,
England. Serving 11 years for conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life
Sciences. (Heather is a vegan).
Kevin Olliff, #1300931, TTCF 161 D-Pod, 450 Bauchet St., Los Angeles, CA
90012, USA. On remand accused of stalking. Exact details of the indictment
have not yet been revealed but the charges appear to relate to a person
employed by an educational facility so may be linked to vivisection. (Kevin
is a vegan).
Jonathan Paul, #07167-085, FCI Phoenix, Federal Correctional Institution,
37910 N 45th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85086, USA. Sentenced to 51 months for an
ALF arson on a horse meat plant. Also admitted his role in an ELF/ALF
conspiracy. (Jonathan is a vegan).
John Smith, TB4887, HMP Lindholme, Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse,
Doncaster, DN7 6EE, England. Serving 12 years for attempting to blackmail a
farmer who supplied guinea pigs for vivisection. (John is a vegan).
Nicole Vosper VM9385, HMP Bronzefield, Woodhthorpe Road, Ashford, Middx,
TW15 3JZ, England. On remand accused of blackmailing Huntingdon Life
Sciences. (Nicole is a vegan).
Dan Wadham, A5705AA,HMP Camp Hill, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5PB,
England. Serving 5 years for conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life
Sciences. (Dan is a vegan).
Kerry Whitburn TB4886, HMP Lowdham Grange, Lowdham, Nottingham, NG14 7DA,
England. Serving 12 years for attempting to blackmail a farmer who supplied
guinea pigs for vivisection. (Kerry is a vegan).
Sarah Whitehead, VM7684, HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middx,
TW15 3JZ, England. Serving two years for: 1) rescuing a puppy from horrific
conditions. 2) rescuing over 100 animals from a pet breeder who was later
prosecuted for animal abuse. Also awaiting trial for SHAC activity. (Sarah
is a vegan)
PARTY & PROTEST PRISONERS
Justizvollzugsanstalt Aichach, Natalja Liebich, Postfach 1380, 86544
Aichach, Germany. Jailed until June 2009 for taking part in anti-G8 and
anti-NATO protests. (Diet unknown).
Helen Woodson, 03231-045, FMC Carswell - Admin. Max. Unit, POB 27137, Ft.
Worth, TX 76127, USA. Serving 8 years 10 months for actions that focused
on the interrelationship of war & the destruction of the natural world. The
actions included pouring red paint over the security desk of a federal court
and making threatening communications. Previously Helen had served 20½
years for: 1) Using a hammer to disarm a nuclear missile silo. 2) Burning
$25,000 on the floor of a bank whilst denouncing war, environmental
destruction & economic injustice. 3) Mailing warning letters with bullets
attached to Government & corporate officials. (Diet unknown).
OTHER ANTI-WAR PRISONERS
Elija Smith VP 7551 HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Rd, Lewes, Sussex, BN7 1EA,
England. On remand accused of disarming a weapons factory, which, amongst
other things, makes Hellfire Missiles. The action was in protest at Israel
military action against Gaza. (Diet unknown).
THE LECCE DEFENDANTS
The Lecce Defendants have been charged with "subversive association" accused
of damaging Esso petrol pumps to oppose the War on Iraq; sabotaging the cash
machines of a bank which funds an immigration centre; and targeting the
multinational company Benetton in support of Mapuche land rights activists
in Chile. All of the defendants are currently either under house arrest or
released on bail.
Aleksey Bychin, SIZO 47/2, ul. Akademika Lebedeva, dom. 39, 195005 St.
Peterburg, Russia. Serving 5 years for defending himself against neo-nazis.
Andrei Mergenov, FGU IZ 64/1 OKB 2 komn. 73, Up. Kutyakova 107, 410601
Saratov, Russia. Serving 3 years for fighting with neo-nazis. (Diet
Christian Sümmermann, Bnr: 441/08/5, JVA Plötzensee, Lehrterstr. 61, 10557
Berlin, Germany. Serving 40 months for breaching the peace whilst serving a
suspended sentence issued for anti-fascist activities. (Diet unknown).
Tomasz Wiloszewski, Zaklad Karny, Orzechowa 5, 98-200 Sieradz, Poland.
Serving 15 years for accidentally killing a neo-nazi whilst defending
himself. (Tomasz is a vegetarian).
Pavel Delidon, ul. Timiryazeva-1, FGU IK-7, 309990 Valuyki Russia.
Anarchist/Animal Rights activist jailed for attempting to obtain wages owed
to him, but which had not been paid to him by his employer. (Diet unknown).
Richard Sills (Address Unknown, USA). Serving 15 months for bomb hoaxing a
University saying they would be targeted by the ALF if they didn't stop
their animal experiments. (Diet unknown).
Fran Thompson, #1090915, CCC, 3151 Litton Drive, Chillicuthe, MO 64601, USA.
Serving Life for killing, in self-defence, a stalker who had broken into
her home. Before her imprisonment Fran was an eco, animal & anti-nuke
campaigner. (Fran is a vegan).
MOVE is an eco-revolutionary group who carried out protests in defence of
all life. All move prisoners describe themselves as vegetarians. There are
currently eight MOVE activists in prison each serving 100 years after been
framed for the murder of a cop in 1979. 9th defendant, Merle Africa, died
in prison in 1998.
Debbie Simms Africa (006307), Janet Holloway Africa (006308) and Janine
Philips Africa (006309) all at: SCI Cambridge Springs, 451 Fullerton Ave,
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238, USA.
Michael Davis Africa (AM4973) and Charles Simms Africa (AM4975) both at SCI
Graterford, PO Box 244, Graterford, PA 19426-0244, USA.
Edward Goodman Africa (AM4974), SCI Mahanoy, 301 Morea Rd, Frackville, PA
William Philips Africa (AM4984) and Delbert Orr Africa (AM4985) both at SCI
Dallas Drawer K, Dallas, PA 18612, USA.
Mumia Abu Jamal, (AM8335), SCI Greene, 175 Progress Drive, Waynesburg PA
15370, USA. In 1981 Mumia, former Black Panther and vocal supporter of
MOVE, was framed for the murder of a cop. He was originally sentenced to
death but is currently awaiting re-sentencing following a court hearing in
STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE
Some people listed in this newsletter have carried out violent actions
including assault and murder. 'Spirit of Freedom' does not condone
violence. But we are also against censorship & believe people can decide
for themselves who they wish to support.
ABOUT E.L.P. SUPPORT NETWORK
ELP is an international eco-prisoner support network founded, in Britain, in
1993 to support jailed eco-activists. We support the prisoners by producing
various regular prisoner lists:
Spirit of Freedom is ELP's international monthly prisoner listing which is
circulated by e-mail.
Urgent ELP! Bulletin is an e-mail service that distributes the names of any
new eco-prisoner as soon as ELP gets their details. For more info e-mail
On-Line Newsletters - ELP has a number of websites that provide news,
prisoner lists and additional info about ELP & the prisoners.
English language ELP Website
Greek language ELP Website
North American ELP Website
Turkish language ELP Website
ELP Extra is an e-mail group that circulates the details of political
prisoners, ELP learns about, who do not fall within the remit for support by
ELP. To subscribe to the list e-mail ELP4321@Hotmail.com
Australian ELP.SN is our Australian contact. For more info e-mail
Belgium ELP.SN is our Belgium contact. For more info e-mail
German ELP.SN is a prisoner led initiative run by eco-prisoner Marco
Camenisch. For more info contact Marco Camenisch, Postfach 3143, CH-8105
Greek ELP.SN is our Greek contact. For more info e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
North American ELP is our North American contact. For more information
Turkey ELP.SN is our Turkish contact. For more info e-mail