Submitted by x359437 on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 12:57pm
By: Ashley Jackson, Portland IWW
On the morning of November 15th in New York, 28 year old hackivist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He used his computer skills to hack into and release over 5 million files of the private security firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc., or “Stratfor” exposing the corporate and government spying on activists domestically and abroad amongst other discoveries.
Existing prisoner support groups Portland Anarchist Black Cross, Oregon Jericho, Radical Prisoner Support Portland, and newly formed Portland IWW General Defense Committee (GDC) Local 1 had already had a benefit planned for him the next evening at The Red & Black Cafe. There was music by Irie Idea, Intentional Overtones, and Years of Lead, as well as a raffle, and readings of Jeremy’s own words in his plea and sentencing statements.