Click this link to read a recent report from so-called Pittsburgh on the aftermath of the George Floyd uprising and the need to support those facing repression.

Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal

Update from Lore’s support:

“On Thursday, July 28, Senior Judge R. Barclay Surrick of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania sentenced Lore to serve 30 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release (aka – probation), and to pay restitution for two counts of civil disorder. Because Lore has already served over 25 months at FDC Philadelphia, and with credit for good behavior that she has earned during that time, this ruling means that Lore could be released from detention as early as this fall 2022.  We will let you know when we have a firm date for that release. It will be a time for great celebration with Lore, her family, and community. … Earlier this year, Lore entered into a plea agreement with the government that would reduce her charges significantly, from arson charges that carried mandatory minimum sentences of seven years each. In a 2021 report, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project at the City University of New York called Lore’s charges a shocking example of prosecutorial overreach to disrupt and suppress the movement against police violence. We will continue to work in solidarity with others facing charges and repression from the summer of 2020.”

Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal 

David Elmakayes

Read David’s piece “This Land” here posted by Mongoose Distro.

In February of 2022, David pleaded to arson and felony possession of a firearm; on June 14th, 2022 he was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and 3 years of supervised release.

David Elmakayes 77782-066
FCI McKean
Federal Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 8000
Bradford, PA 16701

Christopher West

Christopher has a fundraiser clothing shop here. And check his Instagram page here. He was sentenced on October 29, 2021, to 48 months in federal prison for one count of Conspiracy and one count of Civil Disorder. His arson charge was dismissed as part of his plea deal.

Christopher West 04670-509
USP Canaan
U.S. Penitentiary
P.O. Box 300
Waymart, PA 18472

Andrew Augustyniak-Duncan

Andrew was arrested and charged with the federal crime of Civil Disorder for allegedly throwing projectiles at Pittsburgh police during the uprisings. After reaching a plea agreement, he was sentenced in federal court to 41 months of incarceration followed by three years of supervised release on December 14, 2021. He is currently facing proceedings for state charges and was moved to a different county facility rather than the BOP.

Andrew Augustyniak-Duncan
Smart Communications/PA DOC
Andrew Duncan-Augustyniak / QN9211
SCI Rockview
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, Florida 33733

Anthony “Ant” Smith

From Ant’s support page: “Anthony Smith is a respected educator, a standout organizer, a powerful leader, and a beloved community member with a passion for making sure everyone around him is protected and thriving. As a high school social studies teacher in North Philadelphia, he is known for the genuine connections he builds with his students inside and outside the classroom. He is an organizer and volunteer with multiple organizations throughout Philadelphia, and is a fixture at 60th and Market each Friday, where he serves free food to the community with Food Not Bombs Solidarity. His coworkers, students, colleagues, and fellow organizers praise him as an empathetic and reliable peacemaker who always advocates for underrepresented and disenfranchised community members.

“On October 26th, 2020, Anthony was arrested and taken from his home by federal officers based on his alleged involvement in the arson of a police vehicle during a Black Lives Matter protest in May, 2020. If convicted, he will face a mandatory minimum of 7 years in prison… Anthony was released pre trial and is on a location monitoring program while his case is pending.” Follow @FreeAntPHL on Twitter and Instagram. **Ant is not currently in custody.**