Clare Grady has lived for many years in Ithaca, NY, on Cayuga People’s land, in Haudenausaunee territory. She comes from a big loving family, and is the mother of 2 grown daughters, Leah and Rosie.Drawing deeply from her Irish Catholic roots, she is grateful that her parents, Teresa and John, who raised their five kids in a community of faith-based resistance.
Colinford Mattis is a father, a son, a brother, a friend, an advocate, and a dedicated and respected member of our community. On Saturday, May 30, Colin was arrested and taken into custody, and he is now being charged by the federal government with causing damage by fire to an empty police vehicle. The government’s charges would subject Colin to a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 years, and up to life in prison. These charges are not a reflection of who Colin is.
Urooj is a 31-year-old human rights lawyer and activist who has spent her legal career protecting the rights of refugees around the world and citizens here at home. She is a loving and caring daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and community member. She is a long-time resident of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn where she lived with both her parents up until her father passed away in 2012. Urooj currently lives with her elderly mother in an apartment and she is her mother’s primary caretaker.
Joe is an alleged member of the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front, was arrested in Cuba in August 2018 and is now being held in Oregon. He is facing federal criminal charges in Oregon, California, and Washington related to acts of economic sabotage against a horsemeat-packing facility, an old-growth timber company, and other operations harming animals and the environment. He “disappeared” in 2005 before a federal grand jury indicted Dibee and 12 others as part of Operation Backfire, an FBI investigation into animal and earth liberation groups.
On Sunday, September 4th, police arrested Lukáš, an anarchist who has lived in underground for about a year, due to previous intense surveillance. He was released pre-trial on bail in April 2017. He is still facing several charges (up to 15 years). The trial hasnt started, and it is obvious that the police will be trying to include more people because a crime of an individual can't be considered terrorism. On June 9th, 4 anarchists were accused of 16 crimes within the FENIX 2.
While he denies being a member of the Cells of Fire, Alexandros was tried in the so-called “Halandri case.” He was found guilty of manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and being an accomplice to the explosion at the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 11 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 19 years, and chose not to submit an application for a suspended sentence.