John Tucker Free, Releases Statement

John released this statement through New York City Anarchist Black Cross:

“These past 20 months have been an ordeal to say the least. From court drama to safety issues to just the woes of incarceration itself, this has been a trying process. Yet, even within the darkness of a cell, cut off from the world, some light could still be seen.  Your letters, donation,s and noisy solidarity were things of beauty to eyes forced to view the despair of a broken system day after day and eyes that could not help but watch as any glimmer of hope faded from so many youths as they were dehumanized by the tortuous conditions in which they were forced to dwell. Your zines brought much needed and often obscured information into a citadel of ignorance and fear, your books lifted the weight of monotonous oppression, and your donations aided in the welfare of so many with nothing but the state to care for them. A parcel of food here or some cosmetics there so often mean the difference between another night spent hungry or unclean and a good night’s rest, and never doubt the weight of one’s spirit in a time of need. Sadness, loneliness, and a lack of basic human needs often crush that vital spark necessary for a meaningful, productive, life and sadly press those “corrected” into a self-defeating cycle of unchecked violence or harsh drug use.

For so much I am thankful for the supporters, but of greatest importance was the solidarity. Your constant stream of letters and cards not only kept myself sane, but also gave tangible, physical proof of solidarity which revealed the tremendous weight of the conviction of people from the real world who likewise are willing to make a stand against the far too often accepted evils of the world, to an incarcerated populace who had often not heard of such people before. The attention brought by the constant stream of mail peaked curiosity and drove many to question what was going on. This in turn lead to discussions, which in turn lead to some longer discussions that I hope have made a difference in at least a few lives over the course of my stint of incarceration.

Now that I am free I am no less thankful for everything I have received from our amazing support network, which is in itself a testament to the will of a people willing to sacrifice to make a change. A support network populated by good hearted, noble people who have often suffered first hand under the weight of unchecked and unopposed malice. Thank you once again for everything you have done and continue to do; you are indeed an amazing people.

In Solidarity,
John Tucker”

While John is now out of prison, he undoubtedly needs the kind of support that those nearest to him can provide. At the same time, one of the Tinley Park Five remain imprisoned. Please take this time to write to him. Jason’s address is:

Jason Sutherlin M34023
East Moline Correctional Center
100 Hillcrest Road
East Moline, Illinois 61244

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All of the Tinley Park Five Have Now Been Transferred

support your local antifa 7Now that John Tucker has finally been classified and transferred and Dylan Sutherlin has been transferred to a long-term facility, all of the Tinley Park Five have arrived at the prisons which they will most likely serve the duration of their sentences at. Jason, John, and Cody were all placed in minimum security facilities. Apparently due to space limitations Alex and Dylan were placed in medium security facilities.

All five are in very good spirits and are currently in the process of trying to take advantage of some of the educational opportunities offered. These classes and programs can also chip away at their sentences. It’s optimistic but we’re hoping on seeing Alex and John this year, Cody and Dylan in early 2014, and Jason by the end of 2014.

They’re all very fortunate to have been placed in relatively decent facilities. They’ve had no real problems with guards or other inmates thus far. They’re all planning on making the most of their circumstances and trying to pass their time quickly by taking GED and college course, working out, watching television, and reading.

All of their webpages are now updated with semi-permanent addresses, but here they all are in one place:

Alex Stuck M34020
2600 N. Brinton Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021

Cody Sutherlin M34021
13423 E 1150th Ave
Robinson, IL 62454

Dylan Sutherlin M34022
P.O. Box 7711
Centralia, IL 62801

Jason Sutherlin M34023
100 Hillcrest Rd
East Moline, IL 61244

John Tucker M34024
P.O. Box 900
Taylorville, IL 62568

Send them a letter! All out of stamps? Send them a letter online!

 

Happy Birthday Dylan Sutherlin!

DylanWithDogOn Sunday March 3, Dylan will turn twenty-one years old while serving a five-year sentence for driving a car containing antifascists and anarchists who were involved in an altercation with white supremacists in the suburbs of Chicago. As friends and comrades of Dylan, we’re constantly aware of the sacrifice that he and the rest of the Tinley Park Five are making, but the the thought of Dylan missing his twenty-first is a particularly bitter pill to swallow.

We do want to make sure that Dylan has as good of a day as is possible. In order that he should hopefully receive it by his birthday, letters and other packages should be sent as soon as possible. PLEASE! If you’ve got an extra fifteen minutes just send Dylan a short letter to wish him a happy birthday! It’ll mean a lot to him.

Dylan Sutherlin M34022
P.O. Box 1000
Lincoln, IL 62656

As usual, we’re desperately trying to keep up with the commissary needs of all the Tinley Park Five. To make sure Dylan can grab some snacks for his birthday please consider contributing via WePay.

Wanna Send Dylan a Birthday Toast?

If you’d like to send a toast Dylan’s way for his birthday, take a picture of you and your crew toasting Cody on your phone anytime. Send the funniest, sexiest, sweetest, proudest, drunkest or smartest picture you can come up with for your toast and send it to:

TinleyPark5@Yahoo.com

with something along the lines of “Happy Birthday Dylan” in the subject line. When Dylan gets out (hopefully soon), we’ll show him all the photos of his friends and comrades all over the world raising a glass to him. Hopefully this way we can replace a piece of his stolen birthday.

We miss you Dylan! Solidarity! Happy Birthday!

Tinley Park Five Getting Transferred, Letter from Cody

CodyInFieldWhile we’re still awaiting word about where Alex and Tucker are going to wind up, we’ve got addresses for Jason, Cody, and Dylan. We’re pretty surprised that it’s taking this long for them to get transferred.

The Tinley Park Five wanted to say thanks for all the wonderful letters they’ve been receiving and would especially like to thank those in Anonymous who worked on #opValentine. The letter writing parties and benefit shows make such a huge difference, they hope you all to know just how grateful they are. If you’re planning on doing a benefit show or letter-writing party, we’re beginning to accumulate some posters and tabling resources here.

We just received this letter from Cody Sutherlin that he asked us to post:

To my Family, Friends, Comrades, Supporters, and Fans,
Thank you! I appreciate all the cards and letters full of support. Through all of the turmoil over the last nine months, you all have helped me to weather the storm. Unless you’ve been through what we have, you can’t understand what it feels like to be incarcerated and have a nation of support out there. Hearing everything that has taken place has warmed my heart. From the fundraising to the protests, the benefit shows to the letter writing to the visits… I thank you all! I know that it was hard for people to hear that we were taking such unreasonable plea bargains, but the judge and prosecution would have done everything in their power to cook us had we not. Aside from it being an unfair playing field, we simply could not put our loved ones through the stress of the messy trial that it would have been. I also would like to thank our legal team for all of their hard work and time. Our lawyers went thorough so much with this case, including death threats, and did everything in their power to defend us. Again the State was just simply not playing fair, which made their job all that much harder. I want to let everyone know that personally, I am simply glad to have it all over with. The facility I am in now is like summer camp compared to Cook County Jail, and it is filled with opportunities to shave time off my sentence. I am currently working on enrolling in college courses, where i will receive a 1/2 day credit for every day I am enrolled. It’s looking like I can reasonably expect to be released between February and May of next year, maybe sooner if some more opportunities arise. If not though, between school and the gym, my time will go by in a flash. I wanted to let everyone know not to spend much money on books for me, because I have a library available to me here. If there’s something that I really want that I cannot get here, I will let people know. If people would like to contribute in some way, donate money to the WePay account or continue to write letters. Other than that, when I am released I expect a big welcome home party! Again, I want to thank everyone for all of their love and support and I look forward to seeing everyone on the outside.

-Cody Lee

 

We’ll continue to post any updates and change of status for the Tinley Park Five on their individual TP5 pages. Updates for John Tucker and Alex Stuck should be coming very soon.