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Fri Aug 4 2006 Letters, Fundraising, and Calls to Supervisors Needed to Help Jailed Videoblogger
Independent journalist Josh Wolf was taken into custody on Tuesday, August 1st at a hearing in San Francisco. He refused to testify or turn over unpublished video to a Federal Grand Jury that is investigating a July, 2005 anti-G8 demonstration. He was charged with civil contempt and has been jailed until further notice without being convicted of a crime. He could be held for up to 13 months (the remainder of the Grand Jury). He is being held in order to coerce him to testify and turn over his raw video to a federal grand jury. The GJRP believes that if people continue to struggle on Josh's behalf, he could be released before the end of the year.

The GJRP and others are keeping track of ways to support Josh. He is being held at FCI Dublin, and can receive mail and books there. Information about prison mail rules and tips on writing letters to a prisoner can be found on http://freejosh.pbwiki.com/. There is currently a resolution before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, aimed at resisting the federal government's intervention in the local investigation of the July 8th, 2005 G-8 protest and expressing support for the California Shield Law. The resolution is currently in committee and will be heard within the next two weeks. People are encouraged to call the Board of Supervisors and ask them to vote in favor of this resolution and to express their support for Josh.

A support Josh email list has been set up, and donations are being sought to pay for Josh's legal expenses and for his day-to-day expenses. Supporters are being asked to organize fundraising events. Read more

Past coverage of Josh Wolf's case

07/28/15 City of Oakland Declares Humanist Hall a Neighborhood Nuisance, Issues Huge Fines   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Government & Elections
07/27/15 Community Farm on International Blvd Destroyed, But Farmer's Promise Comeback   Police State and Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services
07/27/15 Fresno Cop Watcher Found Guilty of Vandalism for Chalk Writing on Police Memorial   Police State and Prisons | Central Valley
07/26/15 Two New Arrests Brings Total to Four Arrested for Huge String of ALF Actions in 2013   Police State and Prisons | California | Animal Liberation
07/16/15 RPSC Community Arts Space to Close as Result of Continuing Wave of Oakland Gentrification   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Arts + Action
07/16/15 Forum Participants Engage in Collective Discussion and Organizing to Create Global Change   Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | South Bay
07/16/15 SC11 Say Attempt to Turn Bank into Community Center Could Have "Rippling Impacts"   Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
07/16/15 Donations Sought for Family of 17-Year-Old Killed by Sheriff's Deputies   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
07/16/15 Solar Project Agreement Compensates for Loss of Golden Eagle Nesting and Foraging Habitat   Environment & Forest Defense | Santa Cruz Indymedia
07/14/15 Supporters of Richard "Pedie" Perez Reject DA's Determination that Killing Was Justified   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
07/13/15 Animal Rights Groups Videotape Injuries to Horses and Calves at Salinas Rodeo   Animal Liberation | Santa Cruz Indymedia