Filed under: Anarchist Movement, Announcement, Incarceration, Political Prisoners
Political prisoner, Jared Chase of the NATO 3 is now free! Please donate to help him get back on his feet.
We are happy to report that Jared (Jay) Chase has finally been released from prison after eight+ hard years. Jay was one of the NATO 3, arrested in 2012 in Chicago, Illinois in an entrapment scheme organized by the Chicago police department.
This was the first time the state of Illinois charged people with conspiracy to commit terrorism, and it was simply for protesting NATO. Thanks to many awesome people on their legal team, and broader community support, they were found not guilty on all terrorism related charges Jay and his two codefendants were convicted on one felony. Jay was sentenced to the longest time, 8 years.
This sentence was beyond terrible but especially awful because Jay Chase has Huntington’s disease. He was diagnosed with it back in 2013 and the disease has been progressing since then. Huntington’s is a terminal disease that affects his motor skills and cognitive ability.
Jay is out, but he has a long fight ahead of him with this disease. There is no cure for Huntington’s but there is treatment that can slow symptoms and prolong life. Jay did not receive proper health care in Illinois state prisons but we want to get him proper care now that he is free.
Donations will be used to:
1) get Jay set up with basic necessities people need,
2) medical care, and