Today marks the fourth year of Eric's incarceration. These are not the kind of milestones we would like to be writing about to you. While other people have been celebrating the New Year, we have been incredibly conscious of the passage of time in an entirely different way. For four years, New Years has served as a reminder to us - as it probably does to millions of others - of how long we have been separated from our loved one. While others are celebrating new beginnings, we are faced with the reality that, so far, there has been no new beginning as far as Eric's physical freedom is concerned. Some things remain painfully the same. Eric is still locked away by the state.
Please remember that this time of year can be particularly difficult for folks who are locked up. Take a minute to write Eric - or another political prisoner - and let them know that folks on the outside are still thinking of them and supporting them.
Unfortunately, there's not a lot of news about the appeal. The government's response to Eric's opening brief is currently due on Feb. 1 (they've now asked for two extensions). We will let you know as soon as we hear anything more. Once the government files their response, Eric's lawyer will have two weeks to file his final response (more potential extensions notwithstanding ). Once everything is filed it could be more than a year before a decision is made.
How to Help
We recently added a PayPal button to Eric's website (again). You can find it on the "Help" page: http://www.supporteric.org/howtohelp.htm Please consider making a donation to Eric's support fund. Currently the majority of these funds are being used to help his partner cover the costs of going to visit him. These visits are incredibly important to Eric and his partner and are imperative for maintaining everyone's sanity. They would not be possible without all of the support that Eric has received. Our sincerest thanks to everyone who has donated in the past. If you would like to donate but would prefer not to use PayPal, please let us know and we will send you the details about who to make the check out to and where to send it.
If you cannot donate money, there are other ways you can help. Eric is locked away from his loved ones and his communities and he doesn't have access to a lot of information. Receiving news from the outside helps him feel a little more connected to the issues he cares about. If you run across a good article from an independent media source that you think Eric might like, please send it his way. Just keep in mind that Eric is still in the appeals process, and everything he receives is read by the authorities. Even unsolicited mail can result in sanctions against prisoners. Be prudent with your choice of material.
Our thanks to everyone for all of your support these last 4 years.
Eric's Support Crew