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A-Fund supports US anarchist accused of offending Trump

John Shade is a US-based anti-fascist and anarchist who participated in a number of local anarchist, anti-racist and pro-LGBTQ actions, as well as numerous mutual aid missions. He is now prosecuted as a terrorist for writing anti-Trump posts on Twitter.

The police carried out an arrest and search warrant against Shade in January and alleged to have found ammunition purchased by Shade at Walmart.

The FBI, under President Trump, is apparently treating Shade as a terrorist because he has a record of minor offenses related to protesting white supremacy, human rights abuses by ICE, police brutality, tax reform, Trumpcare and against the Trump presidency in general. The complaint states, “SHADE has a history of traveling within and out of state to attend political events as well as protests, and on several occasions, his conduct at these events has resulted in charges related to trespassing, obstructing, invasion of privacy and carrying weapons other than firearms.”

The charges Shade faces have a maximum sentence of 10 years, but no required minimum, unless the prosecution attempts terrorism sentencing enhancements, in which case the minimum sentence could be 5 years or more. More details are available here.

UPD: The government has recently indicted John on two additional weapons charges. For firearms they say he had in my possession AT ONE TIME. They raided his house and found nothing but a handful of bullets. Now he is facing 30 years in prison instead of 10.

The A-Fund decision-making crew was unanimous about sending John 471 euros hoping that it will help him cover some of the legal costs. Consider making an individual donation to John, here is a Facebook page of his solidarity campaign.

If you want to make sure that any anarchist anywhere in a similar situation is supported, you should really kick in to International Anarchist Defense Fund!

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