Joshua "Skelly" Stafford

Country: USA
Sentence length: 10 years
In since: April 30, 2012
Tentative release: Jan 15, 2021
Birthday: October 3, 1988
Languages Spoken: English
Skelly was arrested as part of the Cleveland 4. The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists, Brandon, Connor, Doug and Joshua “Skelly.” They were arrested on April 30th, 2012. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. An FBI informant created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced these four into participating.

Skelly took his case to trial. He went pro se and acted as his own lawyer. The FBI offered him a non cooperating plea deal with a 3 year sentence, if he would have plead guilty. Skelly refused to plead guilty to something he wasn’t guilty of doing. He was found guilty on all counts by his jury and sentenced to 10 years. Even though Skelly had the most minimal role, he got the second longest sentence because he took his case to trial.

Sean Swain

Country: USA
Sentence length: 20-to-life
In since: 1991
Tentative release:
Birthday: Sept. 12
Languages Spoken: English
Sean Swain is a hostage held by a lawless rogue-state calling itself “The State of Ohio.” He has been held without legal conviction or sentence since 1991 for the self-defense killing of a court official’s relative who broke into Sean’s home and threatened his life. In fall of 2012, prisoners calling themselves the Army of the 12 Monkeys (A12M) got rowdy at Mansfield Correctional, and the prison authorities assumed “that anarchist” Sean Swain must have been behind it and threw him in supermax isolation. Sean denies any involvement or affiliation with the A12M and is in the process of suing the ODRC for targeting him based exclusively on his ideology and political speech.

Though innocent of any crime, and though he is held without legal conviction or sentence, Sean will only be liberated when the illegitimate power of the lawless rogue state holding him hostage is abolished once and for all.

The State started the war. Sean Swain intends to finish it.

Doug Wright

Country: USA
Sentence length: 11.5 years
In since: April 30, 2012
Tentative release:
Birthday: May 31, 1985
Languages Spoken: English
Doug Wright was arrested as part of the Cleveland 4. The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists, Brandon, Connor, Doug and Joshua “Skelly.” They were arrested on April 30th, 2012. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. An FBI informant created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced these four into participating.

Doug took a non-cooperating plea deal and pled guilty to all charges. The judge applied a “terrorist enhancement” charge to him.

From his support page: “Many people in this country are born into lives of relative solitude and comfort. Doug’s life has been a series of tests, trials, and tribulations.

“Douglas Wright is now serving eleven and a half years at Hazelton, a maximum security prison. Hazelton is known to be one of the three most violent prisons in the nation and is in lockdown most of the time. If Doug survives this latest test and manages to walk out of that hellhole, then there’ll be one tough bastard standing before us. One that I’m honored and proud to call comrade. One that has shown nothing but grit, sand, and integrity. And I know, if you got the time, he’d surely appreciate a letter from you.

“As an endnote I’d like to add that Doug is not afraid of being sent to a CMU (communication management unit) and plans to tell his side of the story. Consequences be damned. He would also like to add that he wishes the Feds to get fucked and that the State needs to be smashed most thoroughly.”

Connor Stevens

Country: USA
Sentence length: 8 years, 1 month
In since: April 30, 2012
Tentative release:
Birthday: December 17, 1992
Languages Spoken: English
Connor Stevens was arrested as part of the Cleveland 4. The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists, Brandon, Connor, Doug and Joshua “Skelly.” They were arrested on April 30th, 2012. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. An FBI informant created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced these four into participating.

Connor took a non-cooperating plea deal and pled guilty to all charges. The judge applied a “terrorist enhancement” charge to him.

In his own words: “More than any other content, I enjoy a letter in which the writer touches on their own experiences. The synchronicity so often revealed in these letters, resonating with my life as well as letters from other folks, has a profound beauty which reveals new connections, where seemingly isolated incidents become patterns. My interests are extremely varied and difficult to map out. I am currently studying anarchist pedagogies, Jungian psychology, Indology, feminism, depth psychology, toxicology, ancient Earth religions (especially that of the Maya, the Babylonians, and India), political anthropology (in particular, Pierre Clastres), and ufology/contactee experiences, among others.”

Brandon Baxter

Country: USA
Sentence length: 9 years, 9 months
In since: April 30, 2012
Tentative release: November 6, 2020
Birthday: April 27th, 1993
Languages Spoken: English
Brandon Baxter was arrested as part of the Cleveland 4. The Cleveland 4 were four Occupy Cleveland activists, Brandon, Connor, Doug and Joshua “Skelly.” They were arrested on April 30th, 2012. They were accused of plotting a series of bombings, including that of an area bridge. An FBI informant created the scheme, produced the explosives, and coerced these four into participating.

Brandon took a non-cooperating plea deal and pled guilty to all charges. The judge applied a “terrorist enhancement” charge to him.

Brandon Baxter grew up in Lakewood, Ohio and attended Lakewood High School. He is a skilled leatherworker and identifies strongly with his Blackfoot Native American ancestry.

Brian Vaillancourt

Country: USA
Sentence length: 9 years
In since: February 9, 2013
Tentative release: September 25, 2020
Birthday: September 5th, 1964
Languages Spoken: English
Brian was arrested on February 9, 2013 in Chicago for, in his words, allegedly trying “to burn down a slaughterhouse known as McDonalds.”

Casey Brezik

Country: USA
Sentence length: 12 years
In since: September, 2010
Tentative release:
Birthday: December 30, 1987
Languages Spoken: English
Casey Brezik is an accused anarchist assassin from the Kansas City area who is charged with slashing the throat of the Dean of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley in a plot to attack the Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon during a talk at the college. (Nixon later canceled.) Casey is currently being held by the state of Missouri for 12 years on each of three counts – assault, and two armed criminal action charges – and seven years on a second count of assault. All sentences will run concurrently.

In February 2011, the state declared him to be incapable of standing trial, which means he was forced to stay locked up in a mental institution until June of 2013 when he was sentenced to 12 years in state prison and transferred to the diagnostic and reception prison in St Joseph MO. Casey is now in Jefferson City Correctional Center, which is about 9 miles from the state capitol building.

In a letter dated Sept 15 2013, Casey lamented the lack of letters but learned it was a fact of prison life. “Everyone on the outside has things going on and may not be able to take the time out to communicate with us in here.”

Casey is teaching himself Japanese.

Walter Bond

Country: USA
Sentence length: 12 years 4 months
In since: Summer 2010
Tentative release: April 14, 2021
Birthday: April 16
Languages Spoken: English
Walter Bond is an imprisoned Animal Liberation Front activist who was arrested in the summer of 2010 for the “ALF Lone Wolf” arsons of a sheepskin factory in Denver, Colorado, a leather factory in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Tiburon restaurant in Sandy, Utah which sold foie gras. He pled guilty to all three arsons as well as one count of violating the AETA (the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act). He is straight edge and vegan.

Jay Chase

Country: USA
Sentence length: 8 years
In since: May 16, 2012
Tentative release: June 6, 2019
Birthday: June 12, 1987
Languages Spoken: English
Jay Chase is a genderqueer prisoner who was arrested as part of the NATO 3 and is serving an 8-year sentence for helping undercover cops with their own idea to make molotov cocktails, that were never used, to protest the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. He and his co-defendants were acquitted of many of the original charges, but convicted on lesser charges including misdemeanor mob action and possession of an incendiary device with intent to commit arson. In addition to the 8 year sentence Jay got as part of the NATO 3 case, he also got a one year sentence for apparently throwing waste at a prison guard while he was held in solitary confinement at Cook County Jail.

As of winter 2015, Jay is experiencing rapid progression of symptoms from Huntington’s Disease as he is being denied the recommended care for his condition.

Bill Dunne

Country: USA
Sentence length: 75 years
In since: October 14, 1979
Tentative release: Apr 01, 2043
Birthday: August 3, 1953
Languages Spoken: English
Bill Dunne is an anti-authoritarian political prisoner imprisoned for an attempted 1979 prison break to free anarchist and fellow revolutionary Artie Ray Dufur from the King County Jail in Seattle, Washington. Dunne and his former co-defendant, Larry Giddings, were accused by police of being “members of a small, heavily armed group of revolutionaries,” associated with the W ellspring Communion. Based primarily in San Francisco, the Wellspring Communion engaged in radical Leftist political outreach, merging the ideas of communism and anarchism into a single praxis. Though active mainly in the Bay area, the organization was said to have practice guerrilla training on a property in Humboldt County.

In 1983, Bill attempted to escape prison and was given another 15 years in prison.

Nicole Kissane

Country: USA
Sentence length: 21 months
In since: January 18, 2017
Tentative release:
Birthday:
Languages Spoken: English
Nicole Kissane is a vegan straight edge prisoner. On July 24th, 2015, Nicole and her codefendant Joseph Buddenberg were arrested and federally indicted for alleged Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. They were accused of conspiring to release thousands of animals from fur farms and destroy breeding records in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. They are also alleged to have economic damage to various retail and distribution businesses associated with the fur industry. They both signed non-cooperating plea agreements in early 2016. Nicole was sentenced to 21 months in the beginning of 2017.

Joseph Buddenberg

Country: USA
Sentence length: 2 years
In since: May 3, 2016
Tentative release:
Birthday:
Languages Spoken: English
On July 24th, 2015, Joseph Buddenberg and his codefendant Nicole Kissane were arrested and federally indicted for alleged Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. They were accused of conspiring to release thousands of animals from fur farms and destroy breeding records in Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. They are also alleged to have economic damage to various retail and distribution businesses associated with the fur industry. They both signed non-cooperating plea agreements in early 2016.

Jeremy Hammond

Country: USA
Sentence length: 10 years
In since: March 5 2012
Tentative release:
Birthday:
Languages Spoken: English
Jeremy Hammond is a member of the hacktivist network Anonymous who was arrested for hacking private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), revealing that they had been spying on human rights defenders at the behest of corporations and governments. Jeremy accepted a non-cooperating plea deal to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and was sentenced to the maximum allowed under his plea agreement.

Marius Mason

Country: USA
Sentence length: 22 years
In since:
Tentative release:
Birthday: January 26
Languages Spoken: English
Marius Mason is an anarchist, environmental and animal rights activist currently serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of property damage carried out in defense of the planet. This is the harshest punishment of anyone convicted of environmental sabotage to date.

Marius came out to his friends, family and supporters as transgender in 2014. Previously known as “Marie Mason,” he changed his name and uses male pronouns. Letters, however, will end up addressed to “Marie Mason” for the time being so that they reach him.

Marius has a list of 100 pre-approved people he can write to; this means he will be able to receive your letter but until your name is added to his list he cannot write back. Marius can request people to be added/removed but this takes time and is not always granted.

Eric G. King

Country: USA
Sentence length: 10 years
In since:
Tentative release:
Birthday: August 2
Languages Spoken: English
Eric G. King, a vegan anarchist, was arrested and charged with an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO in September 2014. Eric was being charged with throwing a hammer through a window of the building, followed by two lit Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint states that both incendiary devices failed to ignite.

"Comrade Malik"

Country: USA
Sentence length: 20 years
In since: 2008
Tentative release: April 23, 2028
Birthday: July 19, 1968
Languages Spoken: English
Keith ‘Malik’ Washington is a co-founder and chief spokespersyn for the End Prison Slavery in Texas movement, a proud member of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and the Deputy Chairman of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party (prison chapter). Malik has been instrumental in calling for the abolition of legalized slavery in Amerika and is very active in the Fight Toxic Prisons campaign.

Dane Powell

Country: USA
Sentence length: 4 Months
In since: July 7th, 2017
Tentative release:
Birthday:
Languages Spoken: English
On Friday, July 7th, Dane Powell became the first of the #DisruptJ20 arrestees sentenced to prison. Dane is a father, veteran, water protector, and active community member, but will now forever be known as one of the first political prisoners of the Trump era.

Eyewitnesses present on January 20 say they saw Powell come to the aid of elderly people and children victimized by police who were indiscriminately using chemical weapons. Video footage from inauguration day seems to support these claims. In the clip below Powell can be seen taking a child from a mother’s arms to bring them to medics after the child was hit with copious amounts of pepper spray deployed by DC police officers. At sentencing, prosecutors characterized Powell as a “violent coward.”

Today, he needs your support more than ever for the four months he is behind bars.