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As many of you know, #OpPenPal began as #OpValentine approximately one year ago, when a group of activists banded together to encourage the people of the interwebz to send love via snail mail to our imprisoned comrades for Valentine’s day. (Not to buy in to the corporate holiday, but to use it as an excuse to shed light on those who most need our love and support.) We were amazed at the enthusiastic response and decided to keep the project going year-round.

Through the past year we’ve seen friends arrested, convicted, and sentenced – but also some who had charges dropped, won cases and, when very lucky, have been freed. It’s been an incredible journey and we appreciate everyone who has joined us along the way.

We have great plans for expanding our prisoner support efforts in 2014 and we hope everyone reading this will continue to play an active role. In the meantime: the next month is dedicated to #OpValentine! Being a part of #OpValentine is easy. To find a prisoner (or multiple prisoners) to write to, simply take a look at our mailing list

13 people that are alleged to be aligned with the Anonymous collective were indicted on October 3, 2013, out of the Eastern District of Virginia. They are charged with conspiracy in connection with Operation Payback. One of the defendants, Dennis Owen Collins, has been charged previously, in connection with Paypal 14. The burden on him must be unimaginable. These people are going to need a lot of support, both moral and financial. We urge people to hold donations to freeanons.org until we can establish whether the defendants will set up funds for themselves. It is better to donate directly to their funds, if so. If any of the defendants or their supporters have questions on how to establish a fund, they may call us directly, and we will be happy to advise them. Once we see which funds are available, we will work with those people to promote them to the best of our ability. If you see a fund that needs promotion, know of a defendant in need, or can help in any capacity, please call or join us at irc.anonops.com #freeanons.

For some initial news on the case, see here. There is a link to the indictment, as well.

We want to thank all of the people who immediately contacted us and offered their support upon news of the indictment, some of whom are defendants in other cases, and who have seen their lives completely overturned by the U.S. government. Freeanons is constantly amazed at the generosity that is displayed toward us by donations, goodwill, and resources like Anonops IRC, @AnonymousVideo and My Anonstore. The support from Alec Empire, Shower With Goats, Vigilante, among other artists, has been invaluable. It has been two years since Freeanons’ inception. Thanks to all who have come forward, sometimes at great risk to themselves. Let’s do our best to provide support one more time for these people newly charged.

Letter writing campaign of the Anonymous Solidarity Network
>> download document here

We have a letter writing party tonight for Higinio Ochoa. Please check our @freeanons twitter for the link. Higz sent us an amazing letter we would like to share. We hope these words will inspire you to respond to him.

September 26, 2013 at 2:27 PM
I wish I could rally for smarter schools and bigger budgets. I wish my voice
could call for the freedoms we were promised to be relies. I wish I had the
knowledge and strength to change the perception of those still blind. I wish
these simply so I wouldn’t need to wish.

I will always have my past but now I am ready for my future. I am often asked
what I have learned in prison. Besides pain, suffering and a loneliness
unmatched anywhere else I have learned little. I have seen the cost of
freedom and I am paying forward. I learned why our government is failing and
our police forced to fight their own. The answer is to me as clear as it is
simple: Human Nature.
We have allowed the empowerment of people for durations that can last
lifetimes but who’s appointment was taken out of our hands. We have given up
our voices so that others may choose for us. We have allowed the very
freedoms we take for granted to be handed over without a fight.
We have allow child rapists to serve less time then those who fight for
freedom and we ask for change instead of demand it. The same people putting
low end drug dealers away are allowed to fund the ones who ship it to them.
Our judicial system is flawed because while we expect it to protect us we
allow others to choose its enforcement.

Our government has erased our expectations to privacy by pushing fear.
Our government has intruded on every medium of free speech we have even going
as far as to define where it is allowed.
Our government is allowed to police our morals because we have turned over
that power to them.
Our VOICE is being silenced because WE have allowed it to be so.

This is what I have learned.
I am not here to find answers to problems that have plagued us for
generations. At my roots I am but a soldier. I am tired from my fight and my
family has suffered because of it. I am often asked what do I need and how
can you help.

The answer plainly is:
Money and books, is this not the staple of any prison stint?

The truth is a lot more grey:
I need my family. I need to provide. I need my freedoms. I need the rights I
fought for to be given back when I am finally free. I need to educate the
world. I need to feed those in need. I need justice and fairness. I need love
and compassion. I need understanding and willingness. Above it all however, I
need someone else to step in and take this weak soldiers place.

I will always be in debt to those who have helped me and my family through
this all but there are those who I will never be able to pay back. My loving
wife and children. Can you look around you and say that after all we have
fought for that even a day without could be traded for a cause? I would do
what I did again not because of what I know but because of what I didn’t. I
never knew a love so deep or a bond so strong. I hope that others who choose
to fight do so with knowledge and understanding. It is our last chance to
make a lasting change because the next generation will not have the rights or
chances we have now.

My many thanks and love to the many fallen soldiers on the path to freedom.
May our loss truly help those who need inspiration.

In War & Peace,
HiGz

On September 18th of 2013, Google targeted an Anonymous affiliate and an extension of the Anonymous Solidarity Network. AnonymousFrancophone, the product of @AnonymousVideo and FreeAnons, was purged from YouTube. The account was terminated; The followers, comments and content were all removed. Not only removed but removed without explanation except for that which was posted to our YouTube channel; “This account has been terminated due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines and / or claims of copyright infringement.”

As a collective we have grown accustom to and weary from such blatant censorship but never is it without regret or remorse. We have been censored but we will not be silenced! We are FreeAnons and we will freely express ourselves and share our message. Take away our YouTube channels, our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages and the people will find our message engraved in the walls of prisons, on the steps of court houses and in the form of fliers at every rest stop on every highway and interstate we have ever traveled and every rally we have ever attended.

It will take more than a snitch to sink our ships and it will take more than the loss of a YouTube channel to deter our course. Our videos are mirrored by the dozen on YouTube. Our presence on the web is not established but deeply rooted. The Anonymous Solidarity Network will perish when Anonymous perishes, Anonymous will perish when the Internet perishes and the Internet will never perish! We are not a fan of Feds but we like to think that they can at least count and trust that they will do the math themselves.

Our message can be found still on YouTube, on private domains and on all social media but officially we have relocated our media efforts to Vimeo. AnonymousVideo, an Anonymous Solidarity Network affiliate, can be found at its new home http://vimeo.com/channels/freeanons. When Vimeo falls we will relocate to Google Video and when Google again betrays us we will relocate to LiveLeak and when LiveLeak is consumed by government we will create our own media platform. They have taken from us our message but they will never take our voice.

Our message is preserved by video, letter, cry, poem and song. Our videos are viral. Our letters are written to the imprisoned with absolute absence of fear. Our cries penetrate the walls confining our comrades. Our creed will live and is a poem that will forever be repeated by the oppressed. Together, we and those that stand with us will sing, “Bella ciao!” We sing and that we sing commemorates our cause and carries our message further than written word or any video published to YouTube ever could.

There continues to be arrests. Our support effort does little to deter the state’s prosecution of our comrades. Our words are marked by frustration. Our rhetoric is arrogant but no more arrogant than the state’s prosecution of our brothers and sisters. What is there to say in the face of such blatant injustice? What left is there for us to say to rally the strength even within ourselves to continue on such an unfortunate voyage? The Anonymous creed?

No. We are not Anonymous. We are the Anonymous Solidarity Network and we have our own creed. “We will not forgive and we will not forget until every Anon is free!” Even this is not enough. We set sail towards troubled waters and we lose each other and ourselves in the storm. Fear disturbs our rest and doubt disrupts our direction like fog across a sea. We look towards our compass.

Our prosecuted friends and family and the ideas for which they are being prosecuted for, this is our compass. No matter the greatness of our endeavor. No matter the depth of our despair. No matter the length of our struggle. No matter whether we must stand alone. We will fight! We will see this storm through to its end and we will greet the peaceful skies as an ally. We will never forget the many Anons prosecuted and imprisoned.

We have hoisted our flags to half mast. The cause of prosecuted Anons steers our ships as a compass through an unforgiving and unfortunate sea. We may lose faith in ourselves and in each other but we will never lose faith in this cause. If it is fear that disturbs our rest than it is fear that carries us through the many sleepless nights. If it is doubt that disrupts our direction than it is doubt that returns us to our true course. We are FreeAnons. Expect us.