DEFEND THE ASHFORD HOUSE FIVE!

SHOULDER & SOLDIER IT UP

WITH HOOSIER ANTI RACISTS.

First of May Anarchist Alliance statement.

For any who may not yet be in the know, on Saturday May 19th, in the environs of Chicago’s South suburban town of Tinley Park, Illinois, police arrested 5 militants from Indiana’s Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement, an Anti-Racist Action affiliate. They are Alex R. Stuck, John S. Tucker , and brothers Jason W. Sutherland, Cody L. Sutherland, Dylan J. Sutherland. The five are being charged with an array of serious charges stemming from a confrontation that occurred at The Ashford House Restaurant.

Part of the Ashford House’s facilities were being used for an undercover meet up of representatives of several Nazi and white supremacist groupings. Their supposedly secret tête-à-tête blew up in their faces when faced with 20 uninvited “guests”. Anti-Racist Action claimed responsibility for the action.

Now weeks on, it is imperative solidarity with those charged be stepped up, in particular from in and around the anarchist movement. We say this because ARA was largely the creation of and has carried along over the years as an overwhelmingly anarchist endeavor.  The defendants and ARA are family. The state, the media and the fascists are clear about this. Whatever our various groupings present relationship/commitments are to anti-Nazi work at present, we, as anarchists, cannot afford to ignore Tinley Park.

This case is occurring amidst ongoing and increasing state security agency attempts to tar and target the anarchist and combative wings of the wider rising social movement. Witness government and police agency actions in regards to the set up and arrests in Cleveland and Chicago. Consider the moves by liberals closely identified with the Occupy and anti war movements, like Chris Hedges, trying to vilify and in effect marginalize anarchism and militancy by attacking the straw man of some Black Bloc actions. Also, do not forget the Nazis themselves who have been threatening the families and friends of the five and have murdered ARA militants in the past.

Many of us cut our teeth on anti-fascist activity; we have learned much from it both positive and negative. While we are working at present on developing a range of arenas vital to constructing a liberation movement we cannot afford to pay insufficient attention to issues rising from the events of May 19th. In addition to rallying support for the five we need to begin to take steps to ensure the circles and formations we are part of devote some measure of activity, resources and what we may have learned to this area. Our solidarity and engagement as well as our questions are called for.

The Tinley Five Park Five Need Your Support! Here’s how:

Stay informed with the Tinley Park Five solidarity webpage: http://tinleyparkfive.wordpress.com

And the Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement (HARM): http://indianaantifa.wordpress.com

Donate money to the defense: https://www.wepay.com/donations/legal-defense-fund-for-the-tinley-park-five

To write to the Tinley Park Five, address correspondence to:

Jason Sutherlin

Cook County Department of Corrections

Jason Sutherlin, 2012-0521141

P.O. Box 089002

Chicago, IL 60608

 

Alex Stuck

Cook County Department of Correction

Alex Stuck, 2012-0521142

P.O. Box 089002

Chicago, IL 60608

 

Dylan Sutherlin

Cook County Department of Correction

Dylan Sutherlin, 2012-0521144

P.O. Box 089002

Chicago, IL 60608

 

Cody Sutherlin

Cook County Department of Correction

Cody Sutherlin, 2012-0521148

P.O. Box 089002

Chicago, IL 60608

 

John Tucker

Cook County Department of Correction

John Tucker, 2012-0521143

P.O. Box 089002

Chicago, IL 60608