All about Matt DeHart. Well, three thousand words about him, his story, his potential futures, and the mysterious evaporation of his GoFundMe account. Gripping interviews with his father and his lawyer add new depth to our understanding of the case that has two governments squaring off; but whether in competition or collusion, no one is quite sure.
Including news on Anonymous, new pics of Mike Brown’s killer Darren Wilson, hacks at Goodwill and Home Depot, and a plea from ISIS.
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Screw GooglePlus, amirite?
I spent ALL DAY working on that damn website only to find out the reason I can’t get it like the demo is, they didn’t actually include the font that the theme is named after in the theme itself, although it is in the demo. Imagine my joy.
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On March 21st, 2012 Higinio Ochoa III aka w0rmer, was arrested and charged with hacking law enforcement agency websites and posting the personal information of police officers online, as well as being accused of defacing a government website in Alabama. On June 25, 2012, Hig was forced to accept a plea agreement of 27 months in federal prison, seeing it as in the best interest of his family. Currently housed at Federal Satellite Low Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio, he is scheduled for release in August of 2014.
After paying ones debt to society, under the terms of the plea agreement offered to him, one would assume that a person would be allowed to move on with their life with their family. In this instance this does not appear to be the case. The federal Department of Probation has refused to allow Hig to return home to his family near Houston, Texas, where he was living prior to his arrest. Because of this refusal his only option then is a halfway house in Austin, Texas where his computer activities can be properly monitored by authorities. Authorities have also warned that if he does not have a permanent residence in Austin prior to his release, he could be denied release to a halfway house and be forced to remain in prison, to serve the remainder of his sentence.
Since Higinios incarceration his wife Kylie has been living with his family, he has missed the birth of his son Brody, and his wife has patiently raised their son alone, while waiting for her husbands release. W0rmer has been a strong supporter and outspoken proponent of prison reform and has accepted his punishment gracefully and with dignity. Now he is simply anxious to get home and be with his wife and new baby, who he has seen only twice since being incarcerated nearly two years ago.
Kylie, who is from Australia, has been working as much as she can while trying to raise their young son without the love and assistance of his father, but has not been able to earn enough money to move Brody and herself to Austin.
We have an immediate need for financial assistance to relocate Kylie and Brody to Austin, ahead of Hig’s release. Every dollar brings us closer to our goal of reuniting w0rmer with his family, and getting them back on their feet and moving forward with their lives.
ANON STREET MEDIC PRIMER - Version 4
Note: THIS GUIDE IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR FIRST AID AND STREET MEDIC TRAINING. Use it as a reference, but do not mistake it as a substitute for hands-on experience. Seek out first aid and street medic training prior to engaging in protest action.
Street medics are not a new concept. Originally seen during the African-American Civil Rights Movement and the protests against the Vietnam War, street medics are volunteer activists who attend political actions equipped with the knowledge and inventory necessary to give medical aid to protesters and civilians in need. As social movements gain momentum and attract attention, they become increasingly likely to come up against those who would do serious violence to maintain the status quo, rather than allow meaningful change. Metropolitan police represent the most immediate physical threat to those who attempt to change the system, even via peaceful means. A demand as simple as “please stop shooting unarmed citizens on public transit platforms” can and will be met with violent resistance from the state and its police force.
Into this volatile situation, where there exists a real threat of violence perpetrated against protest movements, come street medics. This guide hopes to serve as both a basic primer for those hoping to take a medical role in situations of civil unrest.
My concern is this eventually getting out there under my name, um, and I know that there are ways that, you know, like calling me a cooperating witness or, or something like that.
it’s time to start a revolution
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//OPPENPAL [until they are all free]
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In January, Rachel Allshiny received a letter from a prisoner named Marcel who met Migs (NATO 5) in segregated housing at Pontiac Correctional Center. (As you may recall, Migs was thrown in seg for 5 months because he had “unauthorized” anarchist literature and symbols.) Marcel wanted to know more about OpPenPal and asked to be added to our list so that other politically conscious people could send him letters and books.
Although Marcel is not incarcerated for political reasons, it is our belief that any prisoner who wants to learn about the history and theory of political resistance should be accommodated if possible. As such OpPenPal will be establishing a second mailing list in the near future to include prisoners who have non-political charges but are interested in corresponding with activists and receiving political literature.
It is important not only to have activists advocating for prisoners from the outside, but also to cultivate relationships with prisoners on the inside who are committed to resisting the oppressive conditions of their confinement.
Before I go any further, I’d first like to say that I really appreciate you taking the time out to respond to my letter. It was a very pleasant surprise because, due to the lapse in time, I’d honestly assumed my letter would go unanswered.
After reading your letter and getting a clear understanding of all that you do and everything you’re involved with, I must say I’m impressed. The work you do and the lives you’ve impacted through your efforts speaks volumes about your character, to me. I can only imagine the amount of time and effort you have sacrificed to be a part of making [OpPenPal] a reality. It leaves me to wonder, when do you have time to rest?
I became aware of the Occupy Chicago movement around the time that Chicago was hosting the NATO summit a few summers ago. It seemed to be all that the media was covering at that time, so I knew that whatever the Occupy movement was about, it had to be a serious threat in one way or another to the summit, because the security measures that were being implemented in anticipation of the protest were unheard of.
Over the years I’ve become more familiar with the organization [i.e. Occupy] through reading and seeing them in the news. Comrade Migs and the reading material he shared with me is what really sparked my interest, though, and left me thirsty for knowledge of the movement and the companionship of those active in it.
Although my knowledge of political activism is limited, I do know the risk of being arrested is always there for those on the streets protesting to make a difference. I also know firsthand the deliberate injustices being inflicted by the authorities behind these walls upon those who’ve dared to buck the system and have been labeled as “terrorist” and “anarchist.”
So you’re absolutely right; prisoner support is an indispensable part of the protest community, but also know that the people like yourself who advocate on behalf of those behind bars are just as invaluable. You’ll probably never know how vital your support was to Comrade Migs during his time away, and especially the time he spent in seg. Something as simple as a letter with a few words of encouragement means the world to us in here, so for him to have the whole movement behind him in solidarity is powerful.
Also, your willingness to assist even those who do not fit your original mission is admirable. It reflects on your role as an educator, and I am honored to even be considered for the OpPenPal offshoot that you’re currently working on. So yes, please include me, and be sure to let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
Since it started I’d been following [the #NATO3] trial closely and was relieved to see that they were acquitted of the more serious charges in their case. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous how much time and money was wasted trying to convict these guys of these outrageous charges. This fiasco really makes the Mayor and CPD look bad. Hopefully this case will serve as precedent for activism in Chicago for the future. I’m interested in seeing what the outcome of sentencing will be - whether or not they’ll be fair or if they’ll try to send a message.
Before I close my letter, I’d like to share a little more about myself. Like yourself, I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life. Before my incarceration I’d been trained and certified in Culinary Arts and worked as a cook at Mt Sinai Hospital on the city’s west side. Cooking is something I’m passionate about, but unfortunately my reckless lifestyle and some very poor decisions led me down a different path, and landed me in prison.
Since I’ve been away I’ve made a conscious decision to change my life for the better and do something positive with my remaining years. I know that an education is the key to success, so I enrolled in school and have completed three vocational courses and received certificates. Before I was placed in seg, I was attending night classes to earn credits towards an associate’s degree in liberal studies. I’ve been in seg for eleven months now, so my education is pretty much on hold. I’m due to be released from seg at the end of April and will pick up where I left off.
While here though, I do a lot of reading to stay mentally stimulated and sharp. I’ll read just about anything right now but I prefer fiction, mysteries, action thrillers, horror, some theological non-fiction, history, and biographies. I also like newspapers and any type of mags dealing with current events and world news.
Outside of reading I’m a sports fanatic, especially for the Chicago sports teams. I like it all, football to hockey. So I spend a lot of time watching games, whatever they might be, and ESPN.
I like to write and express myself, so I’ve recently begun to keep a journal and write short stories and poems to pass the time.
On that note I’m going to end this in hopes of hearing from you again whenever your schedule allows. Until then take care of yourself and stay warm. I’ll do the same.
P.S. I’m not familiar with the Suffragettes. Please enlighten me. If there’s a book or any type of reading material you can send my on the subject I’d really appreciate it.
WRITE TO MARCEL:
Marcel Hunter #B65362
Pontiac Correctional Center
PO Box 99
Pontiac IL 61764
If you have questions about sending books to Marcel or other prisoners, please get in touch with @allshiny.
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