Urgent - Eric McDavid in Need of Funds

 
Adapted from greenscare.org: Eric McDavid and two other codefendants now cooperating with authorities were arrested on January 13, 2006, although they had not committed a crime. The three are accused of "conspiring to damage or destroy by explosive or fire" cell phone towers, power plants and US Forest Service facilities. He faces 5-20 years in prison if convicted.

The three allegedly fell into federal hands because of a paid informant named "Anna," a very militant-sounding "activist" who was paid $75,000 plus expenses for her time "embedded" in the group.

To date, his time in prison has been arduous. He was not being fed vegan food and went on hunger strike to protest his improper treatment. He fell ill and lost a great amount of weight before the prison began to meet his dietary needs. Eric has been refused bail as a "flight risk" or "danger to the community," so he has been detained in solitary confinement at a Sacramento jail since his arrest.

One codefendant, Lauren Weiner, agreed on May 30, 2006 to cooperate with federal investigations and pled guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy. She has been released on bail. According to a press release on Wednesday, July 19, Zachary Jenson also has pled guilty and has agreed to testify against Eric.

Eric still maintains his innocence and needs support.

From Sacramento Prisoner Support: After paying for all of Eric's legal fees for over a year, his family is in need of assistance. His trial date is approaching and the legal fees are mounting. We need to raise $15,000 to ensure that Eric's legal fees - lawyer, investigators, etc - are covered through trial. --Read More--

Support Eric McDavid Website

from greenscare.org
from greenscare.org
Dear friends,

First of all, let us say thank you to everyone who has supported Eric in the past - financially, with your letters, your pictures, your poetry, and your love. Eric's journey would have been much more difficult and painful without all of you offering your time and energy.

Unfortunately, Eric has now been in jail for over 14 months without having been convicted of any crime. He has constantly stood by his principles during his incarceration - enduring a grueling two week hunger strike to get vegan meals, and maintaining his innocence in the face of his codefendant's cooperation with the government. The accusations against him are chilling in their absurdity - the "conspiracy" charges against Eric call to mind the "thought crime" of George Orwell's 1984.

After paying for all of Eric's legal fees for over a year, his family is in need of assistance. His trial date is approaching (possibly as early as May 9), and the legal fees are mounting. We need to raise $15,000 to ensure that Eric's legal fees - lawyer, investigators, etc - are covered through trial. We must make sure that Eric continues to have the best legal representation possible to fight these outrageous charges and keep the government from draining his family financially.

To that end, we're trying to ask EVERYONE to do whatever they can to help raise money for Eric's legal fees. Please consider holding a fundraiser for Eric - a show, a bakesale, an art auction - whatever you have the know-how and the resources to do. We simply cannot do this alone.

Also, please consider donating directly to "Sacramento Defense Fund" to help cover Eric's legal fees. You can donate directly with paypal at www.supporteric.org

Please remember that this is not over. While other folks across the country have taken deals or otherwise settled their cases, Eric's legal struggle continues. We need everyone's love and support right now, but unfortunately, we also need financial assistance. Check the webpage regularly for updates about how much we've raised and how much more we need.

Thank you all,
Sacramento Prisoner Support
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Don't forget! Eric's next hearing is scheduled for April 16 at 9 am at the Federal Building in Sacramento (501 I Street, 15th floor, room no. 3). He would love to have the courtroom packed with friends, family, and supporters. Please consider attending and come dressed for court.
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Schedule & Menu for Art Auction
Saturday, March 24 5:00-8:00pm
at the Brickhouse in Sacramento (2837 36th St )


5:00pm doors open
5:30pm Chickpea & Herb Mini-pies and Burgundy Olive, Spinach & almond Tapenade
6:00pm Crackers with White Bean & Kale Pate and Little Barbecue Tempeh Turnovers
6:30pm Sweet & Salty Nut Pastries and Fruit & Ginger Tarts with Sesame Crust
7:00pm Deadline for bidding on art
7:00-8:00pm Bids and Raffle winners announced

In addition to fabulous finger foods by Joshua Ploeg the event will feature cider, live music and a talk by Eric McDavid’s lawyer Mark Reichel. Come prepared to buy art and take it home with you.

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