For those of you don't know me, my name is Josh Harper, and I'm an animal liberationist currently in prison at the Sheridan Federal Detention Center. I am serving a 36 month prison sentence for the horrible crime of organizing legal protests, delivering lectures at colleges, and giving unapologetic vocal support to the illegal tactics of others.
The bureau of prisons has classified my actions as being of the greatest severity on par with the hijacking of planes, exporting of sophisticated weaponry, treason, importing of more than 250 kilos of cocaine, and murder. I am currently kept on 21 hour a day lockdown, and thus far have been denied vegan food. I won't deny that the situation scares and upsets me, but strangely I've been feeling more joy than trepidation.
Emma Goldman once said "Repression is the leavening of revolutionary zeal." Since, the conviction of the SHAC7 I have received letters of outrage from around the world. People who have never before considered the sensitivity and sensibility of animals have joined the cause and gone vegan. And those formerly opposed to militancy have developed sympathy for radical tactics. Everywhere the anger at the violation of our liberty is growing, and I have no doubt that a corresponding rise in activism will occur.
So don't worry too much about me or my co-defendants. Worry instead about bringing freedom to animals. For it is your actions on their behalf that truly sustains us behind bars. Fight with all the ferocity that their lives demand, and victory may yet be ours.
With love and respect, Josh.