The story of Eric Desouza is one we’ve been following closely since hearing about his situation from some San Francisco comrades. Eric is an anarchist from Oakland. He has been active in the Oakland Commune, and has organized and acted in previous projects and initiatives around the Bay Area. He was framed and arrested on ten counts, some felonies, including resisting arrest and a few for assault on pigs. He is the definition of brave.
He was facing 15 years for all his charges, and the court pigs were salivating to take it to trial. Eric took a plea deal, and got 180 days. A part of ourselves is missing, locked away in a cage.
Wipe away your tears; they’ll only blur the vision that we need clear.
We love you, Eric. Stay strong.
And if you want to help Eric stay strong, send him a fucking letter. Let him know you’re thinking about him, and let him know that our hearts bleed every day until he’s returned to our loving arms.
From Bay Area Anarchist Black Cross (www.bayareaabc.wordpress.com):
SO the pigs fucked up Eric’s last name, word that we are getting now is that it is SOUZA, at least for now, we will update it whenever we get word but until then this is his address. Please write Eric letters in support of his resistance to fascism and his struggle. If we don’t support those who fight to stomp out fascism, the most overtly oppressive type of system, who will we support?
As Eric said,
“So a few laws got broken and a few cops got hurt. Big deal. People get hurt everyday and why should police be so special? Why are they better automatically for wearing a badge and a gun. That doesn’t make them better. I just means they’re cowards. The law is not right. It has nothing to do with morals and has everything to do with protecting interests that are way above everyone else.
Just more of a reason to want to burn this mutherfucker to the ground.
I really wish that occupy was more radical or would become more radical in the near future. People who put themselves on the line in these kinds of actions don’t have the support they deserve because more people in America are afraid to do the right thing and risk losing their job or possible go to jail.
Going to jail as fucked up as it is is just part of the movement. Millions of people are going to have to be incarcerated for similar shit before a revolution happens in this country where millions refuse to work and fight against every mechanisms of oppression around them be it NAZI’S, POLICE, MAINSTREAM MEDIA, BANKS, CORPORATIONS AND OTHER GROUPS out there that work to keep the system of profit going uninterrupted 24/7.
Not enough people going to jail for a good cause these days. Most people are locked up for just trying to escape the reality that is forced upon them by taking drugs or selling it to survive rather than plugging into something that can have the potential to overthrow everything but that is not the way minds work which is reason why oppression is allowed to happen in the first place. So I guess I’m not the only one that’s fucked.
Anyway, I can go on forever about revolution and how much I wish Oakland was Athens and how everybody is wrong and I’m right but I’m just going to end my long statement with this paragraph. I’ll be gone for MAY DAY. Raise some hell! DON’T GET CAUGHT!”
SOUZA, ERIC X-4779436 48N2205
Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center
12500 Bruceville Road Elk Grove, CA 95757
NOTE: The pigs put Eric’s last name into the system as SOUZA, not DEsouza. We should expect them to change it once the mail starts coming in (and possibly not give it to him because the name doesn’t match) so check back with the BAABC in the coming days and weeks, they’ll let you know if it changes, and they have comrades visiting him as much as possible so there’ll hopefully be pretty regular updates on how he’s doing.
Solidarity with Antifa!
Solidarity with nazi fighters!
Solidarity with Eric!
Until every cell is empty,
Fire to the prisons!