Sunday, November 06, 2011

Support the Eco-Prisoners (November 2011)

Spirit of Freedom
(November 2011)
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"The whole experience has been tough, but all the kind and strengthening words and
wise thoughts from strangers made it much easier!" (Former Swedish Animal Rights

Welcome to the November 2011 edition of Spirit of Freedom. ELP has some great news
this month. Mexican eco-prisoners Fermín GóMez Trejo and Abraham López Martínez,
who were both accused of ELF style activity, have also been released from prison.
Also the British animal rights activists, Natasha Avery & Greg Avery, who were
sentenced to 9 years imprisonment for their involvement in campaigning against
Huntingdon Life Sciences, have also been released.

Also a Finnish activist, who last year was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for an
arson against a fur shop, has won their appeal to the High Court and their
conviction has been overturned.

Plus, as ELP supporters will be aware, in October 2011 two Americans, Victor Van
Orden and Kellie Marshall, were arrested near a fur farm and accused of releasing
animals from that farm, as well as other charges. Both were originally remanded
into custody, but both have now been released on bail.

It is great to see our prisoner lists getting shorter again but there are sadly
always new prisoners coming in, some of who may not be as famous or as well known as
others. Activists who could easily serve an entire sentence without anyone even
hearing of their case. But these people are as much in need of our support as the
famous and well known activists.

One such unknown prisoner is currently sitting in an American jail. A few years ago
she was dragged before a Grand Jury which was investigating a well known American
Animal Rights & Environmental activist. She refused to testify to the Grand Jury
and was jailed for contempt. Happily that sentence ended, but the same woman now
finds herself imprisoned again but for a different reason.

The woman has not been imprisoned for a political earth or animal liberation reason.
But this didn’t stop the FBI from visiting her in prison and offering her a deal:
inform on Animal & Earth Liberation activists and you’ll get out of prison type
deal. She once again refused and so once again she finds herself sitting in a
prison cell. The woman is well known to ELP as a dedicated prisoner support
activist who has always strived to help others.

The woman does not want her name published as she is not proud of the reasons she is
now inside. But ELP recognises that she is partly inside because she has refused to
inform on others to the FBI. Therefore we have launched a support campaign for her
asking people to send letters of support to Anonymous American starting your message
“Dear friend”. E-mail your messages to and we’ll forward them
to her friends who have agreed to print the messages off and pass them onto her.

Remember not all of the prisoners listed in this newsletter are as famous or as well
known as some of the others who are also listed in the newsletter. However, all of
the prisoners deserve our support and all welcome letters of support. So please, no
matter where you are in the world, no matter what language you speak, support the
eco-prisoners. And no compromise in defence of Mother Earth!

One final thing. ELP is now on Facebook (despite an attempt by someone to close our
page down). Please search of Earth Liberation Prisoners on Facebook and you’ll find
a complete Earth & Animal Liberation prisoners listing.

If anyone notices any of ELP's prisoner details is out of date or we do not list a
prisoner who we should list, 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.


Ali Alishah, Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison, PO Box 24, Lindisfarne, Australia
7015, Australia. On remand for defending Tasmanian forests.

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 vegan).

Luca Bernasconi, Gefängnis Pfäffikon, Hörnlistrasse 55, 8330 Pfäffikon (ZH),
Switzerland. Serving 3 years 6 months for possession of explosive materials. Luca
is Swiss and is a known animal rights and prisoner support activist. Although not
linked to Il Silvestre himself, other defendants in this case are linked to Il
Silvestre (Luca is a vegan)

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, Justizvollzugsanstalt Lenzburg, Postfach 75, 5600 Lenzburg,
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).
Tim DeChristopher, #16156-081, FCI Herlon, Federal Correctional Institute, PO Box
800, Herlong, CA 96113, USA. Serving 2 years for making fake bids in an auction to
disrupt attempts by oil and gas companies to buy land. (Diet unknown).

Silvia Guerini, Bezirksgefängnis Zürich, Postfach 1266, CH – 8026 Zurigo,
Switzerland. Serving 3 years and 4 months for possession of explosive materials.
Silvia is an Italian linked to Il Silvestre. (Silvia is a vegan)

Marie Jeanette Mason, 04672-061, FMC Carswell, P.O. Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127,
USA. Serving 21 years and 10 months for her involvement in an ELF arson against a
University Professors Office as the Professor was linked to Genetically Modified
crop testing. Marie also admitted destroying logging equipment. She also pleaded
guilty to conspiring to carry out ELF actions and admitted involvement in 11 other
ELF actions and 1 ALF action. (Marie is a vegan).

BOX 3007, SAN PEDRO, CA 90731, 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, FCI Terre Haute – CMU, Post Office Box 33, Terre Haute,
Indiana 47408, 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).

Steve Murphy, 39013-177, FCI Beaumont Medium, Federal Correctional Institution, P.O.
Box 26040, Beaumont, TX 77720, USA. Serving 5 years for Conspiracy to Commit Arson
following an attempted arson at a town house construction site in 2006. The action
was claimed under the banner of the ELF. (Steve is a vegan).

Costantino Ragusa, PF 3143, 8105 Regensdorf, Switzerland. Serving 3 years and 8
months for possession of explosive materials. Costatino is an Italian linked to Il
Silvestre. (Costatino is a vegan)

Justin Solondz, #98291-011, FDC SEATAC, FEDERAL DETENTION CENTER, P.O. BOX 13900,
SEATTLE, WA 98198, USA. On remand accused of ELF & ALF activity. (Justin is a

Michael Sykes 696693, Michigan Reformatory, 1342 West Main Street, 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

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).

(All Animal Liberation Prisoners follow a minimum vegetarian diet and most are vegan).

Diego Alonso (address unknown, jailed in Mexico– E-mail letters of support to On remand accussed of targeting banks, slaughterhouses
and other institutions. (Diego is a vegan)

Walter Bond #2011-03339, Davis County Jail, PO Box 130, Farmington, UT 84025-0130,
USA. Serving 12 years for an ALF arson at a Sheepskin factory, a leather factory
and a foie gras restaurant. (Walter is a vegan).

Mel Broughton, A3892AE, HMP Bullingdon, PO Box 50, Oxford, OX25 1WD, England.
Serving ten years for his active campaigning against vivisection carried out by
Oxford University. The police set him up and accused him of plotting an arson
against the University. (Mel is a vegan).

Adrian Magdaleno Gonzales (address unkown, jailed in Mexico – E-mail letters of
support to Serving 7 years 11 months for
detonating a gas bombs against various targets including banks and against targets
whose actions were claimed by the Frente de Liberación Animal (ALF). (Adrian is a

Marie Mason - See details in Eco Defence Prisoners List.

Daniel McGowan - See details in Eco Defence Prisoners List.

Gavin Medd-Hall A3624AD, 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 A3158AJ, HMP Foston Hall, Foston, Derby, Derbyshire, DE65 5DN,
England. Serving 11 years for conspiracy to blackmail Huntingdon Life Sciences.
(Heather is a vegan).

Viktor Padellaro (11/11 7-4), Ullevigaten 11. Box 216, 401 23 Gothenburg, Sweden.
Accused of arson against a McDonalds, smashing the window of a restaurant and
sending 17 threatening letters to people involved with the fur industry. (Viktor is
a vegan).

Justin Solondz - See details in Eco Defence Prisoners List.

Sarah Whitehead, A8369CE, HMP Downview, Sutton Lane, Surrey, SM2 5PD, England.
Serving six years campaigning against Huntingdon Life Sciences. Was previously
sentenced to 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. (Sarah is a vegan)


No current Ploughshares prisoners.


Aleksey Bychin, FBU OIK-2 IK-7 otryad No. 12, ul. Karnallitovaya d. 98, g. Solikamsk
Permskiy Kray, 618545 Russia. Serving 5 years for defending himself against
neo-nazis. (Diet unknown).

Andy Baker, A5768CE, HMP Highpoint, Stradishall, Newmarket, Suffolk, CR8 9YG,
England. Serving 21 months (Andy is a vegan).

Thomas Blak, A5728CE, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, PO Box 757, Du Cane Rd, London, W12 OAE,
England. Serving 18 months. (Diet Unknown).

Sean Cregan, A5769CE, HMP Coldingley, Shaftesbury Road, Bisley, Woking, Surrey, GU24
9EX, England. Serving 21 months. (Diet Unknown).

Phil De Sousa, A5766CE, HMP Elmley, Church Road, Eastchurch, Sheerness, Kent, ME12
4DZ, England. Serving 21 months. (Diet unknown).

Ravinder Gill, A5770CE, HMP Wayland, Griston, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 6RL, England.
Serving 21 months. (Diet Unknown).

Austen Jackson, A5729CE, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, PO Box 757, Du Cane Rd, London, W12
OAE, England. Serving 15 months. (Diet unknown).

Rinat Sultanov, FBU IZ-47\4, ul. Lebedeva d. 39, 195009 Saint-Petersburg Russia.
Serving 2 years for fighting with neo-nazis. (Rint is a Vegetarian).


Ihar Alinevich, c/o P.O. Box 8, Glavpochtampt, 220050 Minsk, Belarus. Jailed for a
variety of reasons including alleged anti-mititarism and alleged involvement in
solidarity actions for two jailed Russian environmentalists. (Diet unknown)

Mikalaj Dziadok, SIZO-1, ul. Volodarskogo 2, 220050 Minsk, Belarus. Jailed for a
variety of reasons including alleged anti-mititarism and alleged involvement in
solidarity actions for two jailed Russian environmentalists. (Diet unknown)

Aliaksandar Frantskievich, Valadarskaha str., 2, SIZO-1, k. 46, Minsk, Belarus.
Co-defendant of Ihar Alinevich and Mikalaj Dziadok. (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) SCI Graterford, PO Box 244, Graterford, PA 19426-0244,

Edward Goodman Africa (AM4974), SCI Mahanoy, 301 Morea Rd, Frackville, PA 17932, USA.

William Philips Africa (AM4984) and Delbert Orr Africa (AM4985) both at SCI Dallas
Drawer K, Dallas, PA 18612, USA.

Charles Simms Africa (AM4975), SCI Retreat, 660 State Route 11, Hunlock Creek, PA
18621, 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

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.

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.

Find us under Earth Liberation Prisoners

English language ELP Website
new site coming soon

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

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.

Greek ELP.SN is our Greek contact. For more info e-mail

North American ELP is our North American contact. For more information e-mail

Turkey ELP.SN is our Turkish contact. For more info e-mail

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