Important NATO3 Update Missed on Saturday’s Show–Please Write and Donate

“We all wasted a lot of money on the war on terror, because if these guys are terrorists, we’ve got nothing to worry about.” – Thomas Durkin, Jared Chase’s defense attorney

Our apologies to the NATO 3 and the NATO 3 defense committee for not getting an update out to our listeners concerning Friday’s follow-up hearing in the trial of Jared Chase, Brent Betterly, and Jacob Church. In all the shuffle and discussion over the ISAT situation on last Saturday’s show that, we forgot to give an update on the air.

On February 28th, Judge Thadeus Wilson set the tentative sentencing and post-trial motions date of April 25th. In addition, the defense team filed a motion for acquittal based on the evidence presented earlier in the trial. We’ll keep our fingers crossed but won’t hold our breath, seeing as Judge Wilson rejected an earlier bid to toss-out the terrorism counts brought by States Attorney Anita Alvarez via a little-used terrorism statute. Lest we forget that Alvarez has a long track record of defending police misconduct.

The verdict was reached back on February 8th when, after 8 hours of deliberation, the jury acquitted the 3 men of providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy to commit terrorism. They did, however, convict them of two counts of misdemeanor mob action and two felony counts for possessing an incendiary device. The last conviction is odd because the recordings by undercover police officers indicate quite clearly that the officers prodded the three activists through the entire process of making Molotov cocktails from conception to semi-completion.

As we discussed with local journalist Chris Geovanis on our show earlier in February, it was very telling that the Federal Government had little to do with this otherwise high profile terrorism case. This implies that there was a concern about the strength of the case that warranted avoidance of giving the defense a national stage to point out some very un-constitutional activity and possible entrapment, carried out by the police infiltrators.

We obviously feel that the conviction is excessive, and the cost of the entire NATO legacy, not only to the three activists but also the city and the state, is terrible. Please consider donating to help with their legal costs and commissary needs. You can also write letters and send them books and postcards. To find out how, visit http://freethenato3.wordpress.com/contact/. You can also check that site out for updates as they come along.

For more information about the trial and what the activist community in Chicago is doing to help, check out our interview with a member of the NATO 3 defense committee:

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Interview: The NATO3 Defense Committee


A special thanks goes out to the NATO3 Defense Committee for having a member join us last Saturday. We appreciate, and stand in solidarity with, your work to support all prisoners of this system. Brent, Jared, and Brian are now heroes of this movement. Who knows if they really intended on it, but they have managed to take on the force of anti-democratic hostility served by the state, and delivered a defeat to the overzealous prosecution. Surely, the cost to them and their family is enormous. That is why we say they are heroes.

It says a lot about the radical community here that groups like the NATO 3 defense committee have formed to support those who came from elsewhere to fight this fight; and got nabbed in the process. Let us hold the NATO3 in our thoughts and prayers, and advocate for leniency in their pending sentences.

Please check out the support site, and donate to their jail fund if you can.

More background on the trial and the story:

Ahead of Verdict in ‘NATO 3′ Trial, A Look at the History of Police Repression in Chicago

Prosecutors Crank Up the Fear, Call ‘NATO 3′ Terrorists in Feverish Closing Arguments for Jury

The Chicago Tribune’s War on Dissent

Your Rights Aren’t Worth Crap

If we’ve missed any coverage that you feel is important hit us up @revolutionNbeer on Twitter, our Facebook page, or email us info(at)revoluitionandbeer(dot)com.

 

 

 

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Worker-Owned Cooperatives

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Last week’s episode of the Revolution and Beer TV show featured Ricky Maclin and Armando Robles Worker-Owners of New Era Windows (formerly Republic Windows and Doors). Also joining us was Dennis Kelleher, Co-op Consultant and Executive Director of Center for Workplace Democracy. This week, we continue the conversation.

Thanks again to Maria’s Packaged Goods in Bridgeport for hosting.
Check-out this list of worker-owned coops in Chicago:

1) New Era Window Cooperative  www.newerawindows.com
2) Comrade Cycles  www.comradecycles.com
3) Sage Community Health Collective www.sagecommunityhealth.org
3) Cafe Chicago – www.cafechicago.org
4) MECH Creations (student run coop manufacturing trumpet mouthpieces)

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