On New Year's Eve, our friend Alex C-G was violently arrested at a noise demonstration in solidarity with prisoners at Cook County Jail. Alex will have a bond hearing on New Years Day @ 11am @ 26th and California, and we intend to bond them out as quickly as possible.
Alex is active in Palestine solidarity work through Punks Against Apartheid, has worked with youth in Chicago, and has supported past solidarity actions for prisoners.
All money raised will go directly to bailing Alex out and to any legal expenses incurred. We know that Cook County Jail is a horrific place to spend New Years, and we want to free Alex as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support!
UPDATE as of 1/1/2013 12pm: We have found that Alex was taken to Maywood last night, which is the HQ of the Cook County Sheriffs Dept. There is no holiday bond court in Maywood, and they were not brought to 26th and California today, so it seems that the earliest bond hearing will be Wed Jan 2nd. An NLG lawyer will try to visit Alex this afternoon and also get more info on what the charges may be and the time and place for the bond hearing. Thank you to all who have donated and spread the word!
UPDATE as of 1/1/2013 8pm
An NLG lawyer was able to meet with Alex today in the Maywood lockup. They are in decent spirits, considering the circumstances, and expressed much gratitude for the donations and support. Alex will have a bond hearing at 26th and California, Room 100, on 1/2/2013 (Wed.) at 11:30am. The lawyer was also able to ascertain that Alex most likely will be charged with a felony. We will find out the details of the allegation in court. At this time, the best thing we can do is to keep spreading the word and raise funds so that we can get Alex out of jail as quickly as possible. Thank you to all who have already donated or have shared this page with others!
Update as of 1/2/2013 2pm:
Alex was charged with aggravated battery which is a felony. Their bond was set at $10,000, which means we have to post $1000 to get them out of jail. The earliest bond can be posted is 5pm. Some of us will be there to welcome them and to take them home. It takes several hours to process someone out, so it will most likely be after 8pm at the earliest that Alex will be out. The next hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, Jan 8th. We will post details later on exact place and time. Thank you for all your support and donations! There will be additional legal expenses in addition to posting bond, so we appreciate continued donations. We know it will mean so much to Alex to know they have such an incredible community surrounding them.
Update as of 1/21/2012:
Here is a message from Alex:
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I don't know exactly where to start, but I can tell you that I have most definitely been putting off writing this e-mail for one reason or another.
There are the little traumas of a life privileged enough to have lived 23 years on the outside suddenly given the taste of confinement, of institutional physical and verbal abuse, of poorly-executed but nonetheless biting homophobic humiliation by the shock troops of the state, and other indignities.
There are the lazy hazy days in the wake of being bonded out after eating rotten balogna sandwiches and 0% juice for days where you just want to decompress and do nothing but watch Twilight Zone marathons.
There are the days where you need to sort out the logistical mess that your life becomes when the state even bothers to so much as cough on you--god forbid they have it out for you.
And there is the fear, the hesitation that comes along with feeling unworthy of all the support received from the strange amorphous networks of people we come to call 'community'--how to do right by them and to justice to them as they have done for you.
I can't even express how grateful I am for all the love and wishes of goodwill and monetary support I've received from all of you. When I made my phone call, hearing that you all had already raised so much in such a short amount of time blew my mind. And more than anything else, it made the suffocatingly boring time I spent in Maywood, which I'd spent up until then singing songs to myself on repeat, infinitely more tolerable. I have discovered, or maybe re-discovered, how lucky I am in this world, and it has been a major drive for me to buckle down and be even more serious about my commitments to my politics and to my friends.
Above all, this whole experience has been a moment of growth for me, of introspection, of assessing priorities...of realising our collective power. If we can leverage this much now, we can do so much more when it really matters!
As things move forward, I intend to be fully transparent about the details of my case, as much as I'm able. In this sense, I will let y'all in on some of the decisions I've come to. It has taken a long time for me to come to each one and I have given them each very deliberate thought. I am convinced that they are what is best for myself and for my community.
To begin with, my family has chipped in a bit, and along with my own funds and the money being raised here and on the East Coast, I think we can cover costs for now. Feel free to donate if you'd like, but there is no urgent need at this moment.
Next, I have decided that given the above and a few other factors, I will not be using the entirety of the money raised for my case. I will be splitting it up and donating a portion of it to other, more urgent cases. I, unlike other people, have options, and I want some of the money you all have raised to support folks who are facing much darker prospects than myself.
Finally, I ask that people not publicly talk about my case. Right now, I think the best thing is for this to remain community gossip and not a public campaign for martyrdom.
I will be posting updates, "pack the courtroom" days, and more detailed information about the money situation as time goes on. I will end by saying that any experience like this isn't worth the pain felt if it isn't also a lesson, a chance to turn that trauma into a loving rage that can come back with a vengeance.
All of you made that possible and have reminded me the reason why we were out there that cold New Year's Eve in the first place. Thank you.