[Ppnews] Update on Daniel McGowan

Political Prisoner News PPnews at freedomarchives.org
Tue Dec 13 08:34:52 EST 2005

Daniel's lawyer was able to get in to see him in the Manhattan 
detention center where he is currently being held. From this meeting 
we have received a few quotes from Daniel concerning his support and 
what he would like to see from those concerned. His family has also 
taken significant steps to address the situation in which he 
unfortunately finds himself.

Firstly, it should be said that his family is taking care of all 
legal costs and is intent on securing the best defense team with the 
most qualified people. Fundraisers, solidarity actions and 
statements, etc. are at this time discouraged. We are pretty sure 
that Daniel was indicted alone and has no codefendants, so his being 
tried as an individual is key. His charges are very serious, so 
patient quietude is really necessary at this stage until things 
become clear. At this moment, there are no dates, no timelines. 
Please keep in mind that he has not been arraigned yet, and will not 
be so until after he has been transferred to Oregon. No public 
statements or actions, no matter how well-intentioned, can help him 
at this stage, especially since he is maintaining his innocence and 
the prosecution is searching for ways to bogusly link him to a larger 
conspiratorial movement. Daniel said to his lawyer that he wants 
people to be "conservative." His family has suggested that those who 
want to fundraise do so for others who were arrested if they so 
desire, since they may be more in need.

What Daniel really could use at this moment is the knowledge that 
people are out here for him. We are encouraging people to write him 
supportive letters to keep his spirits up as he struggles to adapt to 
his new daily existence while he waits for his trial. These first few 
weeks are the hardest. Currently he can be written to at the following address:

Daniel McGowan #63794-053
Unit ZA
Metropolitan Correctional Center of New York
150 Park Row
NY, NY 10007

When we learn of an Oregon address, we will post it. When writing, 
please refer to him only by his legal name, Daniel McGowan, and not 
any nicknames by which you may know him. Also extend this to your 
social lives and correct those around you who may slip up or not know 
any better. All the other guidelines apply for when writing a 
political prisoner. For good examples of these guidelines, please 
refer to http://www.anarchistblackcross.org/support/writing.html

As frustrating as it may be, the only thing we can do at this time to 
support Daniel is to write him. We have no information on commissary 
and visitations are not allowed, not even from family. His family, as 
has been mentioned before, is very supportive, but beyond that, they 
have a legal strategy so lucid and advanced that we would be fools 
not to honor Daniel's request to be behind them 100%.

Finally, there is a new listserve that is taking the place of the 
yahoo group. If you are already on the yahoo group, no action is 
required from you; we will switch you over. The address for the new 
group is http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/supportdaniel_announce.

The yahoo group was set up for immediacy's sake and now that the 
riseup lists have been approved, we are changing hosts so that people 
don't have to register a new account just to join the listserve.

Thank you for understanding.

Thank you all, once again, for all your support and kind words,

Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan

The Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-9977
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