5 new eco-prisoners (& 1 suicide after arrest), USA

Prisoner Solidarity 2

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SIX ARRESTS IN AMERICA

On the 7th December 05 police carried out a series of raids in four States across America arresting six environmentalists. The six were Chelsea Gerlach, Kevin Tubbs, Stanislas Meyerhoff, [name removed by request], Daniel McGowan and William Rodgers. Sadly, within a fortnight of his arrest, William "Bill" Rodgers ended his own life whilst in custody. At the time of their arrests all six were accused of involvement in a series of ELF & ALF direct actions which all occurred in Oregon between 1998 and 2001. William "Bill" Rodgers was personally accused of involvement in a joint ALF/ELF arson on the US Department of Agriculture research facilities in Olympia in 1998. He was also named as a suspect for the 1998 ELF arson against the ski-resort in Vail, Colorado. In addition Bill had been named as a suspect in the destruction of wild horse corals in Burns, OR and Rock Springs, Wyo.

Bill's death is a tragedy and ELP's thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends. But we must remind everyone that despite Bill's death the court cases against the other defendants are continuing and it is to them we must now offer our support. The charges against the others are as follows:

Chelsea Gerlach is accused of acting as a lookout during an ALF arson on Childers Meat Co, Eugene, in 1999. She is also accused of involvement in the toppling of the Bonneville Power Administration tower, OR, in 1999. Plus she is accused of involvement in an arson against Jefferson Poplar Farm, Clatskaine, OR, in 2001. In addition to these charges, at a bail hearing, Chelsea was named as a suspect for the 1998 ELF arson against the ski-resort in Vail, Colorado.

Kevin Tubbs is accused of involvement in an ALF/ELF arson on the US Department of Agriculture research facilities in Olympia in 1998. He has also been charged with an ELF arson against an SUV dealership, Romania Truck Chevrolet in Eugene, OR in 2001.

Daniel McGowan is accused of involvement in an ELF arson on Superior Lumber Co in Glendale in 2001. He is also accused of involvement in one of the two simultaneous arsons that also occurred in 2001 against Jefferson Poplar Farm, Clatskaine, OR, and University of Washington Centre for Horticulture in Seattle.

Stanislas Meyerhoff, who has been named by Chelsea Gerlach's lawyer as a police informant, is accused of involvement in the toppling of the Bonneville Power Administration tower, OR, in 1999. He is also accused of involvement in an ELF arson on Superior Lumber Co in Glendale in 2001. Plus he is accused of involvement in one of two simultaneous arsons that occurred in 2001 against Jefferson Poplar Farm, Clatskaine, OR and University of Washington Centre for Horticulture in Seattle. In addition to these charges, Chelsea Gerlach's lawyer has stated that Meyerhoff has admitted involvement in the ALF arson on Childers Meat Co, Eugene, in 1999, although he has not yet been charged with this offence. Because of the allegations that Meyerhoff is a police informant ELP has removed his details from our prisoner list pending further enquiries.

Besides those actually arrested on the 7th of December, according to media, the police suspect that at least two others were involved with one or more of the above listed actions. Josephine Sunshine Overaker has been indicted on charges of conspiring to destroy the Bonneville Power Administration tower. However it would appear from the media reports that the police failed to locate Josephine during their December 7th raids. An eighth person, who has not been named by the authorities, but who has been named by one of the Defence Lawyers as Jacob Ferguson, has been declared to be a police informant who has made statements against the others. The media have suggested that Jacob Ferguson has admitted involvement in the ALF/ELF arson on the US Department of Agriculture research facilities in Olympia in 1998. He has also admitted involvement in the ELF arson on Superior Lumber Co in Glendale in 2001 and the 2001 arson against Jefferson Poplar Farm, Clatskaine, OR. In addition to this he has admitted involvement in the Childers Meat Fire in 1999. Following the arrests on the 7th of December a number of support campaigns have been set up for the individuals involved.

Chelsea's support campaign can be contacted via freechelseagerlach@hotmail.com
Daniel's support campaign can be contacted via FriendsofDanielMcG@yahoo.com
Kevin's support campaign can be contacted via supportkevintubbs@gmail.com

Chelsea Gerlach #1308678, Lane County Jail, 101 W 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA. On remand accused of involvement in a series of direct actions that occurred in Oregon between 1998 and 2001.

Daniel McGowan # 1407167, Lane County Jail, 101 West 5th Street, Eugene, OR 97401, USA. On remand accused of involvement in a series of direct actions that occurred in Oregon between 1998 and 2001.

Kevin Tubbs #1213751, Lane County Jail, 101 W 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, USA. On remand accused of involvement in a series of direct actions that occurred in Oregon between 1998 and 2001.