On New Year’s Eve, our friend Alex C-G was violently arrested at a noise demonstration in solidarity with prisoners at Cook County Jail. Alex will have a bond hearing on New Years Day @ 11am @ 26th and California, and we intend to bond them out as quickly as possible.
Alex is active in Palestine solidarity work through Punks Against Apartheid, has worked with youth in Chicago, and has supported past solidarity actions for prisoners.
All money raised will go directly to bailing Alex out and to any legal expenses incurred. We know that Cook County Jail is a horrific place to spend New Years, and we want to free Alex as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support!
UPDATE as of 1/1/2013 12pm: We have found that Alex was taken to Maywood last night, which is the HQ of the Cook County Sheriffs Dept. There is no holiday bond court in Maywood, and they were not brought to 26th and California today, so it seems that the earliest bond hearing will be Wed Jan 2nd. An NLG lawyer will try to visit Alex this afternoon and also get more info on what the charges may be and the time and place for the bond hearing. Thank you to all who have donated and spread the word!
update from the donation page:
Alex was charged with aggravated battery which is a felony. Their bond was set at $10,000, which means we have to post $1000 to get them out of jail. The earliest bond can be posted is 5pm. Some of us will be there to welcome them and to take them home. It takes several hours to process someone out, so it will most likely be after 8pm at the earliest that Alex will be out. The next hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, Jan 8th. We will post details later on exact place and time. Thank you for all your support and donations! There will be additional legal expenses in addition to posting bond, so we appreciate continued donations. We know it will mean so much to Alex to know they have such an incredible community surrounding them.