Category Archives: Updates and Solidarity

Krow’s June 11th Statement

When I think of solidarity in the context of the June 11th holiday, in conjunction with writing the obvious letter to our caged comrades, I believe in the prioritization of engaging in living resistance utilizing/creating structures therein that allow rad folk to circumnavigate being caged. The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement’s most recent communiqué offers some suggestions that may enrich hypothetical efforts (it’s free online and worth your time).

More immediately, we can also activate general prisoner solidarity by once more utilizing/creating local legal/bail funds to free any and all who are incarcerated and eligible for bail on this day. Even in the move from specific (eco-prisoners) to general terms, prisoners, if we are to be ‘solid’ with one, we must be solid with the other, as they are oppressed by one of the same forces and entities- the state. As always, no prisons means no prisoners. This is not to dilute the focus of this very important day from eco-prisoners, just extend the scope and reach of our support.

Outreach to un-politicized prisoners is a common good that needs doing and also holds potential to radicalize more people, thus also potentially adding them to the cause and discussions of the proverbial “team”. We must be prefigurative in all that we do, valuing the process of achieving and actively living (daily) revolutionary lifestyles just as much as the diverse outcomes of those processes (derived from recent inspirations of Marianne Maeckelbergh’s “The Will of the Many”)

Disproportionately, the poor and people of color (POC) sit in jail de to lack of access to resources or money to pay bond (and sometimes they are very low bond amounts). We must outreach to offer tools that enable more agency on the individual’s part here.

Also on this day, we must acknowledge and undermine the fact that our so-called “government” continues to vilify comrades who defend the earth and all it’s creatures and life forces, in order to distract from the evil-doings+ merciless killings of land, water and people/creatures that the “US Government” is endorsing and perpetuating on a daily basis. They continually take the focus off of their heinous and racist resource-colonial acts and continue to subjugate, imprison, or kill any and all who seem to threaten their relative power.

Lastly, fuck Derek Jensen, but, “Forget Shorter Showers,” and don’t forget other Earth Defenders and Water Protectors that need our attention and support today and all days, like:

Red Fawn Fallis@ HACTC, 110 Industrial Rd. Rugby, ND 58368
Kathleen Bennet @ Morton County Jail, 205 1st Ave. NW, Mandan, ND 58554

as the latter needs assistance getting bailed out of jail! There are so many others we can reach out to as well, including internationally.

While we are reaching out to our wild-caged creatures this day, in the realms of prisoner and legal support groups, be sure to “check” yourselves and others’ privilege if comments like “take care of it” or “it’s better to just deal with it now” are slipping out of people’s mouths in regards to addressing looming and potentially lengthy terms of incarceration. You/they may never have before been in this situation, and you/they may not wish being as targeted or ill-resourced whist incarcerated! We should first seek to find them alternatives if at all possible. For prisoner post-release support, both prior preparational and logistical, to create adequate healing space for all involved is paramount. You’re all human; no one is a romanticized epitome of a radical ideal.

Thank you deeply to all who have supported me or donated to my support fund! My heart and wild appreciation goes out to you and I cannot do it without you! Here’s to having each other’s backs! Please also remember to support the upcoming International Solidarity with Eric King Day on June 28th and extend support to prisoners on food strike for better conditions in Folsom prison.

In closing, “… we threaten our own interests and rights when we condone by our silence the use of the government surveillance, attack on the legitimacy of the political activists, and the use of the criminal law to suppress and punish political dissent.” -Lennox S. Hines
Until All Are Free!

Your Comrade in Struggle,
For the wild

Krow

marking the four year anniversary of my charges related to the Penokee Mine Struggle

An Update and Statement from Krow: May 4 and 12, 2017

I often wonder why it is, yet again, I and/or my comrades have been targeted by the cops? The answer, yet again, is that it is their job; whether they are spiritual or not, compassionate or not, they simply have a job to do: subjugate, imprison, or kill those they deem or are ‘told’ endanger the status quo. Thus these jobs must be eliminated.

Prison abolition & prisoner support is a living commitment dedicated to the active destruction of the entire capitalist system that incarcerates us all. This commitment to the eradication of an unjust & tyrannical regime does not exclude [prison] reform. Whilst people are behind bars, we can work to minimize their suffering—sometimes this is simply ensuring they get the legal & health services they need & deserve, & sometimes it’s sending a letter or puttin’ a few bucks on someone’s commissary. Once these facilities cease to exist, we must have some consensual & effective methods in place for communally ‘dealing’ with ‘chomos’ etc. No prisoners means no prisoners, so until ALL are free, we have work to do! Next time, it could be YOU! So start a general bail fund in your community today!

We must also illustrate to folks that there’s no place for our radical selves in modern-day ‘society’. We must stick together & support each other & we create our own way. EVERY day we can plant seeds & take steps to further creating our own realities; we must train for resistance in both the present moment & future, including physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually stimulating ‘exercises’ & preparation.

Being engaged in one’s community is not a ‘choice’, (I’m trying to avoid the word ‘activism’ here; it’s a liberal & self-righteous concept & persynality attributed to issues & actions that should just be common sense to support and/or resist.) Thus, one’s community engagement may be a decent gauge of one’s privilege or lack thereof.

In terms of ongoing effectiveness of the rad communities, keep it simple: conceal one’s identity when necessary to avoid political or police repression, & maintain an air of plausible deniability. Good security culture should aid this goal.

While sometimes incarceration seems to be a necessary sacrifice to gain allies in some senses, hopefully it can be avoided as much as possible. More creative methods of underground movement seem necessary!

Pertaining to rad inspiration, people have & STILL ARE resisting the capitalist regimes, oppression, & various injustices all over the world constantly! Rojava, the Coconut Revolution in Papau New Guinea, Unis’tot’en, aspects of the #NODAPL struggle, aspects of the Cuban Revolution, the Defiance of Jews in Russia in the 1940s, the railroad blockade on the Bad River Reservation in the late 1990s, AIM’s work in the 1960s & ’70s, the Black Panthers’ work in the 1960s and 1970s, The Spanish Revolution in Greece to Tunisia, to all the so-called America’s give ya enough examples to name just a few! I’ve been reading George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’, it definitely inspires the possibility of the ‘A-Team’s’ revolt in various places.

Once again, until all the prisons and jails are reduced to the bare minerals that comprise them, let us not forget to support prisoners post-release. This is quite the transition and speaking from experience, they’ll need your assistance spiritually, emotionally, financially and otherwise.

Another thing I’ve recently experienced that needs to change so that it can reduce the suffering of other inmates in the future, is the Prisoner Transport Systems. Myself and countless others have been delivered to different facilities by PTS, which is nothing short of a janky humyn-trafficking service. There are both buses and vans; womyn are put in 4×4 cages on the lamers-style buses and the little sprinter vans, like the one I was transported in, it can be equated to a creepy dog-catcher van! There are no windows, it’s pitch black most of the time, and you are squeezed into a tiny compartment to sit, approximately five by two feet, often with three other gals for days at a time. You are shackled both hands and ankles 24/7 and there is no room to stretch out. You are fed cheap fast food, which excites some, but is usually the same thing continuously or not enough food…I had to beg for maxi-pads to put on my bare and sore-ridden raw ankles (from the shackles rubbing)…It is also either scalding hot or extremely cold in your compartment and your are not allowed a blanket and are subsequently often scolded for complaining about it.

In conjunction with all of this, you are often dropped at one of the “housing” facilities, either in Alabama, Kentucky or Charleston Missouri where I was held. This facility had 36 womyn in a 16 persyn cell-block at its peak, thick and dangerous black mold on the ceiling and air vents making everyone sick, scant materials and services (you were only given one roll of toilet paper weekly) and the COs often referred to us as “cunts” and “bitches”. Our cells were freezing cold, we were often hungry and legally PTS has 180 days to transport you to your final destination, all the while you are not allowed commissary or phone calls whilst in transport. In the midst of your unknown lengthy stay in housing, you also find out that the Charleston jail likes to keep you for possibly as long as they can because they receive $150 a day for your presence from the state of your final destination…thus why we call PTS humyn trafficking; this “service” must be changed.

Lastly, seemingly because of my beliefs that the land belongs to those who are indigenous to it, people often write me thinking I’m indigenous to so called North America…Though we are all indigenous to somewhere, my blood make-up is somewhat a mystery; from what I know, mainly and mostly I derive from ancient Germany and southeast so called Europe. If we go back 20 generations, however, that’s approximately over five million ancestors you’re related to!

For those of us who are a mix of many ethnicities, which surmounts to many, there may not be one “right” answer to where we many “come-from” or which land base we should be most loyal to… All we can do is be good visitors in a space, ask for consent as much as possible and remember that we must ALL defend the air, water and land for future generations of ALL CREATURES to come.

FIGHT FOR AND DEFEND THE LAND BASE WHERE YOU ARE!

So I still do not know what will happen with my case, I am grateful for the many womyn I have met while incarcerated; hearing their stories always makes me a better, more compassionate person and serves as a reminder that helping others help themselves with varying addictions is valuable. How can we expect people to fight the system while they struggle with addiction? People need community and/or treatment not jail or imprisonment we are perfectly capable as individuals in communities of procuring our own food, keeping ourselves safe, raising our own children, and creating our own rules or lack thereof. Creating plenty of autonomous zones, like France’s ZAD, various tribal structures (not IRA non-traditional tribal governments) are both living and past examples of this. More time needs to be spent building communities instead of prisons; it is imperative to start general and legal bail funds in your community. We must be prepared to aid our comrades at every turn instead of scrambling at the last minute.

In closing, “We know we’re in a body that’s going to die, but we behave as if it’s not going to happen to us. This viewpoint is from the inactive side of infinity where we don’t see our connection to intention and our ability to stay in harmony with our creative spirit.” – Dr Wayne W. Dyer

In Struggle, For the Wild,
Krow/Katie/Twig

Krow Has Arrived at Wisconsin’s Iron County Jail: Send Letters and Donate!

On April 12, Krow turned herself into the custody of North Dakota law enforcement to await extradition to Wisconsin to face charges of violating felony probation. For the next three weeks, friends and supporters weren’t sure of Krow’s whereabouts as she was transferred across states. Now we finally have confirmation that she is in Wisconsin’s Iron County Jail—the same jail where she previously served nine months for defending Wisconsin’s Penokee Hills from mining in 2013.

Krow needs funds to allow her to make calls regarding legal support, as well as to keep in touch with friends and family while she’s inside. But the phone system in Iron County is archaic and extremely expensive, so she needs your support! The ability to make calls while in prison is paramount to maintaining a sense of support, balance, and positive mental health. Please donate here if you can. Every little bit helps.

You can write letters to Krow here (address envelope to Katie Kloth, not Krow):

Katie Kloth
Iron County Jail
300 Taconite Street
Hurley, WI 54534

While awaiting further legal hearings, Krow is drawing from her experiences and working on a zine about prisoner support and transportation.

ABOLISH ALL PRISONS: KROW TAKEN INTO CUSTODY

ABOLISH ALL PRISONS! WE CANNOT STOP UNTIL ALL ARE FREE!

Krow was taken into the custody of Morton County at 5 pm on April 12, awaiting Wisconsin’s extradition attempts! Send love and rad vibes and please also remember to support other homies who are incarcerated too! Thanks! May her exonerated bond returned to Freshet collective be used to bond out any and all folks caught in the crossfire of police state repression out of Burleigh and Morton County jail! No prisons means no prisoners! Community solidarity and resistance building! 🙂 Make the most of your freedom and kick ass and fight fascism for all creatures!

Krow’s Extradition Hearing Today, Updates & Non-compliance

Krow had their extradition hearing at 2:00 pm today in Morton Cty, ND; they are currently still ‘out’ in the relatively free world, & the ‘state’ of Wisconsin has ten days to pick them up & transport them into their custody for alleged activist related charges there. If they do not appear within this time frame, the Governor’s warrant is null & void, & the whole process would then have to be refiled & theoretically start over.

Though Krow is still raising money for their support fund, which includes paying off various legal fees & fines in different arenas, Krow also wants to remind folks that when their legal proceedings are completed, any money left over in the “Support Krow” Fund will be allocated to other front line legal struggles that prioritize indigenous peoples.

In conjunction, Krow wants to reemphasize and share that federal investigations are more than likely still under way & possibly waiting to be revealed surrounding the #NO DAPL struggle, so ALWAYS maintaining good security culture is paramount! Furthermore, dismissals in the courtroom are NOT the same as acquittals! Dismissed charges can STILL be resurrected at a later time/inconvenient date!

In addition to good security culture, a serious and steadfast persynal & collective policy of non-compliance in regards to the “authorities” is also of most importance, and needs to be maintained! This means NOT talking to the police or ANY other three letter agency for that matter, including but not limited to: FBI, BIA, ATF, CIA, DEA, etc. It is also their opinion that people that DO comply in any way, shape, or form, only serve to hurt the lives & ongoing legal battles of other water protectors, thus should NOT get any financial help or legal resources from either the Freshet or WPLC Legal Collective!

While keeping the struggle alive, please remember that one has to be PHYSICALLY & IN-Persyn “served” federal grand jury subpoenas! “Certified” sitting-in-your-mailbox subpoenas do NOT count! There’s also a time-limit on their validity of 18 months, at which point they may or may not resubmit a new subpoena/extension.

As far as DAPL pipeline updates are concerned, reliable sources on the ground in North Dakota have said their is NOT oil flowing through the pipeline under the river! We must remember that the mainstream media is out to make headlines & money, not always do the best reporting, nor gave the ‘people’s’ best interests in mind.

Be smart, Kick ass, and stay as free and effective as long as possible! Those with privelege & access to land, please share it with the resistance efforts that oppose fascism, resist resource colonialism, & generally fight the wretched system we were born non-consentually into.

For the Wild, and Fuck Nazis

Love & Radness

Krow’s Extradition Hearing Scheduled for April 5

Krow’s extradition hearing will take place April 5 at 2:00 PM at the Morton County Courthouse, 210 2nd Ave NW, Mandan, North Dakota

Krow is in need of your support! Her extradition hearing was just moved—it will take place on April 5 at 2:00 PM at the Morton County Courthouse, 210 2nd Ave NW, Mandan, North Dakota. At the hearing they will try to prove that Krow is on probation in Wisconsin, after which she can waive or continue to fight extradition.

Though Krow has been released from jail since her arrest, this hearing will have a large impact on her future legal standing in North Dakota and potentially Wisconsin. Typically, those arrested in resistance movements receive a lot of support shortly after their arrest, but support tapers off after their case stops making headlines. Please continue to send your support to all water protectors who have been and are being held by the state for their involvement with the No DAPL struggle, including Rattler, Red Fawn, and Charles “Scorch” Jordan.

On that note, one piece of good news: Charles “Scorch” Jordan, who has been in jail since November, was just released from Burleigh City Jail in Bismarck, North Dakota! This release was largely due to continued outside support, so thank you to everyone who helped make that happen.

You can donate to Krow’s support fund at supportkrow.org/donate. Contact supportkrow[at]riseup.net if you have questions about the hearing, how to support Krow, or other No DAPL prisoners.

Free #NoDAPL Political Prisoners Red Fawn and Rattler!

Red Fawn Fallis and Rattler are political prisoners from the #NoDAPL struggle in need of your continued support

Red Fawn Fallis

An indictment filed on January 5 charges Red Fawn with felony counts of civil disorder and discharging a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence—which, in this case, is civil disorder. These charges are in addition to an earlier charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Fallis has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in connection to an incident at a Dakota Access pipeline protest. Fallis remains in federal custody and her trial date is scheduled for March 7. If convicted of discharging the firearm, Fallis faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. She is still incarcerated and was recently transferred to Rugby, North Dakota. There is no message line at the new facility and she does not have access to the phone like she previously did, so letters or cards are the only form of support as of right now.

Write letters to Red Fawn: Red Fawn Fallis, HACTC, 110 Industrial Rd, Rugby, ND 58368

Donate to Red Fawn’s support fund.

Rattler

Rattler is a #NoDAPL water protector who is currently being held pre-trial on federal felony charges produced through a grand jury indictment. Rattler’s home is at the Pine Ridge reservation and he comes from a long legacy of struggle that he continued at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline and its world. Please support Rattler as he fights these charges stemming from the October 27, 2016, eviction of “Frontline/Sacred Grounds Camp” brought against him by the federal government. Rattler would love to receive your letters and cards of support. Rattler loves fantasy fiction, Dungeons and Dragons and has a really great book list set up. He’d appreciate something to read while he is inside.

Write letters to Rattler: Michael Markus, Box 1416 Bismarck, ND 58502-1416

Support #NoDAPL Prisoner Charles “Scorch” Jordan

Free Water Protector Charles “Scorch” Jordan! He has been incarcerated since November 11, 2016, and was taken in after allegedly giving a cop a flower. He has three felony charges and is facing up to 15 years in prison. Folks have been able to raise bail money and are currently working on finding him housing, so donations and messages of support are very important at this time.

You can donate to his inmate account at inmatecanteen.com. They accept credit and debit cards.

Write to Charles Jordan: Charles Jordan, Burleigh County Jail, PO Box 1416, Bismarck, ND 58502

Visit his support page here to find out more.

Updates About the Life and Death of Pipeline Saboteur James Leroy Marker

Visit Sabal Trail Resistance to read the story about a man who lost his life to police bullets after an act of sabotage that disabled a section of Sabal Trail pipeline construction in Marion County on February 26, 2017.