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Post-release Statement From Cody Lee Sutherlin (Tinley Park Five)

cody_2013Here is Cody Lee Sutherlin’s post-release statement. Please keep in mind that two of his brothers are still locked up and that there is an active fundraising campaign for Dylan Sutherlin’s post-release. To donate, visit http://j.mp/DylanSutherlin

When it comes to thanks, I don’t know where to begin. Do I mention certain individuals or organizations? Do I start with the cards and letters full of love and support? How about the amount of donations that came in for the book drive back at Robinson’s library? Or, do I lead off with all of the fundraising that kept money in the commissary and continues to pour in for help post-release? I should probably lead off with the lovely lady in my life that has sacrificed and endured so much for me and our relationship the last couple of years. Maybe it should be the amazing legal team that stepped up and have continued to help to this day. I can’t forget my new friend that has opened his home and heart to me in my greatest time of need. I must mention all of the people that used to flood the courtroom in solidarity every time they would walk us in there. With so many wonderful people, faces old and new, doing so many amazing things, it’s impossible for my thanks to have a beginning or an end. The thanks that I have for all of you is so deep and infinite that it can’t be measured or explained. Any act of kindness, no matter how big or small, has meant the world to me, as well as the other four. Thankfully, we’re down to just two, and in a few weeks it’ll just be one. Let’s show my brothers our love, support, and appreciation for them. Thank every last one of you for all you’ve done and continue to do!

With the deepest gratitude and unconditional love,
Cody Lee

A letter from Cody Lee Sutherlin

With the fundraising campaign initiated by Bloomington ABC, Sacramento Prisoner Support, and NYC ABC a recently-completed success, we want to make sure folks see what your support for political prisoners like Cody Lee Sutherlin means. We’ve been lucky enough to work with Cody Lee on projects that he organized while inside, including a book drive that generated about 300 books for the prison library. Since the support we’ve been able to give Cody Lee is via organizing with folks like you, this letter is as much to you as to our collective.

From Cody:
What’s up Brooklyn?!
I am ecstatic to say that one month from today I will be a free man! I want to thank y’all for the amazing support you’ve shown throughout this ordeal. Words can not express how much it means to me. At this point, I am just waiting on my interstate compact to be approved so that I can parole back home to Indiana. Aside from that, I’m finishing up my last module of school, saving what money I have left on my books, lining it up job opportunities back home, and finding potential back up parole sites here in Illinois. The weather has been amazing the last few days and definitely has helped to keep my spirits lifted. On a side note, the book drive has gone pretty well and by my estimates, we have collected roughly 300 books for the inmates and library here! Thank you for your help. Not long from now I’ll be done with this legal shit and be able to head east so you all could show me a good time out there in NY. Thank you again for all your love and support over the last couple of years.

Sincerely,
Cody Lee

NYC – Tuesday, May 27th – Letter-writing to Cecily McMillan

WHAT: Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
WHERE: CAGE83A Hester Street (UPSTAIRS) New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free
Cecily McMillan outside courtIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for NYC ABC. Our comrade Jerry Koch participated in his first post-prison public speaking event, a panel coordinated with the 2014 NYC Anarchist Book Fair. Speaking of, we also tabled the Book Fair (this year with 80% less drama!) and were able to reconnect with old friends and talk with a host of new folks. In the same time period, we also reached our goal in the release fund for antifa political prisoner Cody Lee Sutherlin of the Tinley Park Five.

And then there’s the bad news.

Cecily McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist who was assaulted by the NYPD, yet convicted herself of assault in a miscarriage of justice, was sentenced to three months in jail and five years probation.

So that lands us where we are, doing what we do. In solidarity with Cecily, and to let her know the breadth of support she enjoys, we focus our next Political Prisoner Letter-Writing Dinner on her. We will have a special guest speaker, Lucy Parks from Cecily’s support crew, so this event is not to be missed.

If for some nutty reason you can’t make it out, but still want to support Cecily (or send her a book), you can write to her at:
Cecily McMillan
Book & Case Number 3101400431
Rose M. Singer Center
19-19 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, New York 11370

For more information, be sure to visit the justiceforcecily.com
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New Campaign: Welcome Home Cody Lee Sutherlin (Tinley Park Five)

cody_2013Cody Lee Sutherlin of the Tinley Park 5 is due to be released from prison in June. So Bloomington ABC, NYC ABC, and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Cody Lee.

From j.mp/CodyLee:
“In May 2012 five antifascists were arrested and, in early 2013, took non-cooperating plea deals for 3 felonies each for taking part in emphatically stopping a meeting of white supremacists organizing under the guise of the Illinois European Heritage Association at a restaurant in Tinley Park, Illinois. For more information, see tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com.

Cody Lee Sutherlin is the third of the five to be released, rejoining us in early June. Bloomington ABC, NYC ABC, and Sacramento Prisoner Support have launched a campaign to start a release fund for Cody Lee. By the time Cody Lee is released he’ll have been locked up for just over two years, will have a felony record, and certain things just won’t be the same. Let’s help him make a smooth transition! Let’s raise some money and secure a release fund that will welcome him upon his release. Your donations will help Cody pay bills and costs of living while he looks for a job; buy a phone; and pay for license plates and insurance for his bike.”

Please remember that prisoner support doesn’t end when a comrade is released. Through halfway houses, supervised release, parole, or probation, there is usually state supervision beyond the initial sentence. Also, prison is traumatic. And of course there is the stigma of being a former prisoner that effects nearly every aspect of one’s life. All of this adds up to the less obvious, but equally necessary, support needed when our loved ones come home. Donate to your ability and show an anti-fascist comrade how we welcome folks home.

If for whatever reason you’d rather donate to Cody Lee offline, please make the check payable to Cody Sutherlin and mail it to:
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Post Office Box 163126
Sacramento, California 95816

If you’d like to write to Cody Lee to let him know you’re thinking of him and that you’re glad he’s getting out soon, he’d love to hear from you. His current address is:
Cody Sutherlin M34021
Robinson Correctional Center
13423 East 1150th Avenue
Robinson, Illinois 62454

More information is available at tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com and j.mp/CodyLee

Book drive for Cody Sutherlin (Tinley Park Five)

cody_2013With one of his co-defendants recently released, Cody Sutherlin— a member of the Tinley Park 5, is collecting books for his prison’s library. He says, “The library here is full of garbage and people want something with substance…I’m asking that people send whatever they can as long as it’s not too extreme [or it won’t get in]. History, politics, biographies, and quality fiction would be nice. Let’s flood this motherfucker with some good shit!”

One of Cody’s supporters met in person with the library volunteer at Robinson Correctional Center on Friday. The volunteer explained the review process– books are not allowed if they describe how to make weapons, depict or describe penetration (other sexually explicit material is okay), or are on the topic of negotiation. Those were the only topics not allowed, though Cody thinks that graphically violent or explicitly illegal content will also be barred. Books that fail the review process are destroyed.

You can send books to:
Library Services
13423 East 1150th Avenue
Robinson, Illinois 62454

If you are near Robinson, Illinois, you can also drop them off at the prison.

Spread the word!
More information at tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com

NYC – Tuesday, July 31st – Letter-writing for the Tinley Park Five

WHAT: Letter-writing for Tinley Park Five
WHEN: 7pm sharp, Tuesday, July 31, 2012
WHERECAGE – 83A Hester Street New York, New York 10002 (directions below)
COST: Free
While it’s no grand revelation that all cops are bastards, they’ve really been determined to convince us over the last couple of weeks. Between the murder and subsequent uprising in Anaheim, California and the raids on comrades’ houses in Olympia & Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, cops have re-upped their public profiles as defenders of capital & the state and enemies of the poor & working class. As a challenge to a slightly different form of fascism, a call has been made for Tuesday, July 31st to serve as an international day of anti-fascist actions in solidarity with the Tinley Park Five. NYC Anarchist Black Cross is answering the call with our every-other-week political prisoner letter-writing dinner. This week we will be writing to the Five.

On Saturday, May 19th a group of 30 anti-fascists descended upon Ashford House restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park where the 5th annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet was taking place. The White Nationalists were targeted inside the restaurant and physically attacked, causing several injuries and completely shutting down their meeting.

Not long after the attack, five men– Alex Stuck, Cody, Dylan, and Jason Sutherlin (the three are brothers), and John Tucker were pulled over and arrested. The Five maintain their innocence.

PLEASE REMEMBER: The Tinley Park Five are pre-trial. Take care with what you write and do not talk about the case.

If you can’t make it to dinner, please take the time to write the Tinley Park Five at:

Alex Stuck #2012-0521142
Cody Sutherlin #2012-0521148
Dylan Sutherlin #2012-0521144
Jason Sutherlin #2012-0521141
John Tucker #2012-0521143

Cook County Department of Corrections
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

More info on the case: tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com
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New addresses for the recently imprisoned

We have updated addresses for folks recently transferred or recently arrested. Look for a newly revised “Illustrated Guide to Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War” in the following weeks.

After being extradited from China and convicted of Earth Liberation Front actions in the United States, Green Scare target Justin Solondz has been transferred to a prison in western Pennsylvania. This puts him much closer to his parents than when he was imprisoned at FDC SeaTac. Please let Justin know you’re thinking about him by sending a card or letter to:

Justin Solondz #98291-011
FCI Loretto
Post Office Box 1000
Loretto, Pennsylvania 15940

We also have addresses for the NATO 3 and the Tinley Park 5, all arrested around the time of the NATO meetings in Chicago, all held in the Cook County Jail. If you can, throw a benefit or organize a letter-writing night as these folks need your support and they need it now.

NATO 3:

Brent Betterly 2012-0519001
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Jared Chase 2012-0519003
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Brian Church 2012-0519002
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Tinley Park 5:

Alex Stuck 2012-0521142
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Cody Sutherlin 2012-0521148
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Dylan Sutherlin 2012-0521144
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Jason Sutherlin 2012-0521141
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608

John Tucker 2012-0521143
Cook County Department of Correction
Post Office Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608