Hello wonderful local, national, and international supporters of the Cleveland 5!!!
We have been getting amazing support from news outlets, blogs, and organizations across the country! Several groups are sharing the story of the Cleveland 5 with their networks to ask for support and donations. Check out the MEDIA COVERAGE section to see some of the new articles. If you would like information to share with your local community, please contact us (info on how in the SUPPORT page). In other great news, the Bay Area ABC is re-posting content from the Cleveland 5 Justice website to share with their community. Thanks Bay Area ABC!!! Our love and gratitude to you. Check it out here: http://bayareaabc.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/a-website-for-the-cleveland-5...
We still need lots of support from the National Community. We have raised over $6, 000.00, but need to get to AT LEAST $60,000 ASAP to hire lawyers, Para-legals, investigators, audio experts, and other specialists! Please check out our SUPPORT section to donate, or for ideas for fundraising in your hometown!
The 5 still need letters of support, information, news, whatever you can send them! Here's some ideas: Send photos of your group that is throwing a fundraiser! Send photos of what your local occupation is doing! Send poetry! Send recent news and blog articles! Send jokes! Send bed time stories! Even if you never met any of the Cleveland 5, they would love to hear from you. See how in the SUPPORT section. And while you're there, donate to their Commissary fund, so they have paper and stamps to send you a letter back. All 5 need support and love, but Anthony and Joshua have gotten the least letters and visits :( Lets change this!
We're still currently working on posting more legal documents and information on how hearings are going. Stay tuned! More letters from the 5 on their way.
One who, in the days of April, enjoyed such simple Freedoms as sitting by a Flowing stream of water, smiling in the sun, or relaxing under a bridge with a friend under a bridge in Cleveland, drinking a beer, now, in May, has been thrown in solitary confinement. Here, in solitary confinement, I have never felt more connected to the People, whom I Love and am willing to lay down my life for.
As we band together, talk, debate, and organize, we are already moving closer to the world we are struggling to create. Who among us has not has the strong impression that this is but a dream, that these days and nights since April 30th are not but a nightmare? Yet who can deny that this dark dream that has been case, not upon the May Day 5, but upon our whole community, and indeed the world, has not been pierced by overwhelming rays of Love, of solidarity, of strength – in this warmth I do not require “hope” because here and now I am witness to and participant of the timeless Power of the People.
A Brother wrote me, saying, “I feel they have taken my Freedom with yours.” And this is why we struggle – the fascists (federal government and corporations) have not merely imprisoned the May Day 5. The have, in effect, declared war on any life, which even questions, their hegemony. This is not the first case of this nature, nor will it be the last. As they accumulate their watch lists, tap phones, dispatch informants, rip apart families, friends, lovers, passing even more (unnecessary) legislation (NDAA for fiscal year 2012) in preparation for martial law, we must never forget we the people are infinitely more wise, more beautiful, more passionate, and more Powerful. When we fight, we do so in defense of all life, here and to come. The journey before us will be arduous, but we have run out of alternatives: if we chose life, we can no longer remain spectators and consumers. So, my great big glorious family, let is jump up and live again! Let us chose life!
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE, IN ARMS,
From a Love that can only be expressed in action, your brother, comrade, Connor C. Stevens.