Ok. So, it's bad, but not as bad as it could be. Today, 3 of the defendants were sentenced. Jake got 48 months. Lauren got 52 months. Kevin got 72 months. That's a long time to spend in jail for speaking, but at least it wasn't as much time as our piece of crap government was trying to get out of them. Josh should be sentenced tomorrow, with Andy and Darius to follow sometime next week. Everybody keep your fingers crossed. |
Josh Harper Gets 36 Months Josh Harper has not been charged with any crimes in connection with any direct action. Every one of the charges against Josh and the rest of the SHAC 7 defendants had to do with things they said, or things they wrote. This is wrong. This is a battle that all of us must rise to fight. We must not allow this verdict to frighten us into submission, as it was intended to do. We must continue to speak out against the kinds of injustices that Josh has been fighting for many years. And we must close ranks around him now that he needs us. In the name of solidarity and mutual aid, we must keep him company through this with letters, and we must make the committment to find out what he needs and how we can help. Some day, it may be us in there.
dissident comments: "This is designed to put a chill into us. Because these people never committed a crime, and we all know this. All they did was speak. None of the charges had to do with any crime. They all had to do with speaking. This is supposed to scare us all into silence. It will NOT. SPEAK.
I will not be silent. We will keep struggling for what is right in the world, for what we believe in, and we will NOT cower in corners. May they be broken out of jail even as the unjust walls come tumbling down and the oppressor shatters."