Call to Action – write a letter of support for political hacktivist Jeremy Hammond (due 10/15) and help pack the courtroom for his sentence on 11/15!
Jeremy Hammond is a 28-year-old political activist awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to the Anonymous conspiracy to hack the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor). A longtime proponent of “hactivism,” his actions are a form of electronic civil disobedience. He believes that “people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors.”
The Stratfor emails published by WikiLeaks reveal the intricate and troubling relationship between unregulated private corporations and government agencies involved in security and intelligence. The emails show how Stratfor employs a network of paid informants that includes government employees and journalists. Some examples of the continuing revelations from the thousands of hacked emails show, that Stratfor was hired by: Dow Chemical to spy on people seeking redress for the victims of the Bhopal environmental disaster; the Texas Department of Public Safety to infiltrate the activist community of Occupy Austin, and by Coca Cola to gather intelligence on People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Originally facing a sentence totaling more than 35 years and additional indictments in 12 other federal jurisdictions, Jeremy pled to a single count of conspiracy under the draconian the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). He faces a maximum of ten years.
Here is what you can do to show your support:
(1) WRITE A LETTER OF SUPPORT – DUE 10/15/13
A template/instruction sheet for letters, and more information, is available at http://freejeremy.net/
Support letters can be (1) scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, (2) faxed to 347-402-2014, or mailed to:
The Law Office of Susan G. Kellman
25 Eighth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
If you have any questions, please call Sarah Kunstler at 718-783-3682 or email email@example.com
(2) PACK THE COURTROOM ON 11/15/13
Jeremy will be sentenced on November 15th at 10am before:
The Honorable Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge
United States Courthouse
Southern District of New York
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007