At the 2018 UUA General Assembly, an Action of Immediate Witness was passed affirming “solidarity with Water Protectors, including defendants, inmates, and their loved ones” and a commitment “to extend relationships of solidarity with Water Protectors, leveraging our spiritual, financial, human, and infrastructural resources in support of Water Protectors, especially those who face ongoing charges and prison sentences, and their loved ones.”
To support UUs in carrying out this Action of Immediate Witness, below is information from the Water Protector Legal Collective website about four Indigenous Water Protectors facing federal charges. Be sure to bookmark their website and regularly check for updates.
Red Fawn, Dion, and Little Feather are in prison on federal charges and would appreciate letters from supporters. Rattler is out on supervised release and awaiting sentencing under an agreement that will recommend 36 months incarceration.
On July 11, 2018, Red Fawn was sentenced to 57 months in prison under the terms of a non-cooperating plea agreement. Please write to her at:
Red Fawn Fallis
Prisoner No. 16358-059
P. O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
Cards and letters (no glitter or stickers) are welcome; books and magazines must be sent directly from the publisher or bookseller, such as Amazon.
Legal information is on her case page here, and more information
on Red Fawn and how you can support her is on her support committee’s website here.
You can make a donation to support Red Fawn’s legal defense here.
To contribute funds directly to Red Fawn (that will be added to her commissary) you can do so here.
On July 17, 2018, Dion entered into a non-cooperating plea agreement that includes a recommendation of up to 36 months in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced in Bismarck on October 22.
Please write him at:
Dion Ortiz, Resident
Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center
110 Industrial Rd, Rugby, ND 58368
(as of 8-10-18) Cards and letters (no glitter or stickers) are welcome; books and magazines must be sent directly from the publisher or bookseller, such as Amazon.
You can make a donation directly to Dion here. Dion’s support page is here.
On May 30, 2018, Little Feather was sentenced to 36 months in prison pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement.
Please write to him at:
Michael “Little Feather” Giron
USP Hazelton, U.S. Penitentiary
PO Box 2000
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525
Cards without glitter or stickers are welcome but must be sent in WHITE ENVELOPE ONLY; books and magazines must be sent directly from the publisher or bookseller, such as Amazon..
Legal information is on his case page here, and more information about Little Feather and how you can support him is on his website here.
Michael “Rattler” Markus
Rattler has entered into a non-cooperating plea agreement that includes a joint recommendation of 36 months in prison. He remains out on supervised release awaiting sentencing. His sentencing date is September 27, 2018, in Bismarck federal court.
Legal information is on his case page here, and more information about Rattler and how you can support him is on his support committee page here. Supporters can make a financial contribution directly to Rattler here.
James “Angry Bird” White
On July 12, 2018, Angry Bird entered into a non-cooperative plea agreement in which prosecutors will recommend time served plus 12 months of home confinement for Civil Disorder. His Change of Plea and Sentencing date is November 15, 2018.
Writing letters to prisoners is an important form of solidarity. A few things to keep in mind:
- Do not ask any questions or share any information about the facts of the prisoners case, or events surrounding their arrest.
- Remember that prison officials read all mail, so don’t say anything you would not want to say directly to them.
- Do not send photos without asking first (sometimes prisoners have a maximum number of photos they are allowed to have) – but you can write your letter on the back of a flyer or image printed onto regular paper (stay away from any coated or glossy paper, since that may cause your letter to be returned).
- Do not make any promises that you may not be able to keep (including about writing again).
- Be sure to include your name and return address – in the letter itself as well as on the outside of the envelope (prisoners often do not receive the envelopes).
- It’s a good idea to add page numbers to the bottom of your letter (so if a page is missing, they can tell).
NYC Anarchist Black Cross has more useful tips on writing letters to political prisoners here.
To verify whether this information is still up-to-date, check the Water Protector Legal Collective website, which will be updated more regularly than this post given that they are providing ongoing direct support.