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.
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.
Lauri Love is an activist and alleged hacker from Stradishall, England, under arrest and facing potential extradition to the U.S. on charges of hacking into governmental agencies including the US Army, NASA and the Federal Reserve, among others. The accusations against Love are that he was part of a wider activist network of hackers engaged as part of a protest against the treatment of Aaron Swartz, a programmer renowned for helping develop the social network Reddit. If found guilty of the charges, Love faces up to 99 years in prison and $9 million (£7 million) in fines.