The trial date for political prisoners Brian Church, Brent Betterly, and Jared Chase is getting closer by the day. September 16th is still the date set by Judge Thaddeus Wilson, and this means that we need to raise as much money as we can as quickly as we can so the defense team can prepare a strong legal case. While the National Lawyers Guild and the People’s Law Office are providing free representation, money is still needed for court costs and commissary.
Starting Saturday, July 6, we are having another fundraising challenge, but this time we’re going to make it a little more interesting. The top 2 donors will receive screenprinted NATO 5 solidarity posters in handmade wooden frames, all generously made and donated by Chicago supporters. The 3rd and 4th largest donors will receive NATO 5 support t-shirts.
We challenge all participants to help raise at least $1000 from this fundraising auction. No matter what amount you can offer, even the smallest amount helps us reach our goal. Show solidarity with these political prisoners and get your hands on NATO 5 support agitprop to let your friends and loved ones know where you stand when it comes to state violence and political protest against injustice!
You can donate online at https://www.wepay.com/donations/nato-5-defense.
The auction will begin Saturday, July 6th at midnight CST and end Friday, July 12th at midnight CST. We will be checking the time stamps listed for online donations. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation with our fiscal sponsor, the 8th Day Center for Justice, please email us at nato5solidarity(A)gmail.com specifying the date, time, and amount of your donation. We will announce winners of the auction one week after its closing on July 12th to allow time for mailed donations to reach our fiscal sponsor.
For tax-deductible donations, send check or money order with “8th Day Center/NATO 5 Defense” in the memo line to:
8th Day Center for Justice
205 W. Monroe St. Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60606
Not only is the NATO 3 trial important to fight back against the state’s repression of social justice, it is also important because it is uncovering a wealth of information about the Chicago Police Department and the FBI’s sustained program of harassment and surveillance of activists in the lead up to the 2012 NATO Summit. Every status hearing, more discovery material is made public that details how police infiltrated activist groups, the extent of their harassment, and the different national connections between local law enforcement and federal agencies such as the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Secret Service.
Help build the NATO 3 defense fund and win some great NATO 5 solidarity prizes!