Holiday message from the Vermin Supreme campaign:
I dream of a world of holidays without cages.
As we hit Christmas, I am reminded of those in cages who are not allowed to enjoy the most basic of freedoms. Tonight we think about all of you, and shed a tear that you cannot be with your families. May justice swiftly exonerate you and allow you to return to the ones you love.
Ross Ulbricht was a very smart kid. He caught on quickly and learned at a rapid pace. He earned a degree in physics and a master’s in material science with a focus on crystallography. It was around this time that Ross discovered libertarianism and the concept of a free market. He worked to create an online market he called the Silk Road where anonymity and cryptocurrencies were utilized. Ross was arrested in 2013 and was tried and sentenced in 2015. He was convicted of conspiracy to traffic narcotics, hacking, and money laundering. He was sentenced to double life plus 40 years. Tonight he spends his Seventh Christmas locked away.
Chelsea Manning joined the Army to see if it could help sort out her confusion about the way she saw herself. The Army only alienated her further. While working with classified information, Chelsea stumbled upon several things that she felt the world needed to know about. She tried to give the information to major news sources, but was met with no interest. She then reached out to Wikileaks, where she found a willing accomplice. After the publishing of thousands of classified documents, Chelsea Manning was found guilty under the Espionage Act and sentenced to 35 years in prison. President Obama commuted that sentence after she had served 6 years of that time. She is once again in jail for contempt of court for failing to testify against Julian Assange.
Julian Assange has been a wanted man for a large portion of his life. Since founding Wikileaks in 2006, he has been viewed by several governments as an enemy, especially the US. An attempt to charge him with rape was filed, then closed, then reopened, then dismissed. Assange was forced to take refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in the UK. He stayed in the Embassy from 2012 until his arrest in April of 2019 for failure to appear in court. He could be extradited to the US under a sealed indictment. He is spending his Christmas in solitary confinement under conditions that doctors say may result in his death.
There are many more political prisoners, but one more group that we hold dear to our hearts are those who came to America seeking a better life. Too many of them are imprisoned currently by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mothers and fathers are separated from their children. Reports of abuse abound throughout the system, including sexual abuse of minor children. There is no system that would allow for these people to enter the US legally. They try to enter because circumstances in their home countries are so terrible that they are willing to risk everything for a chance at a better life. I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I am pretty sure I would be willing to risk a lot to give my family a better life.
We here at Team Supreme wish you all a very Happy Holidays. We hope you are feeling safe and secure in the comfort of your own home. We just find it tragic that so many are unable to enjoy this time with their families, especially over such trivial “crimes”. Vermin Supreme and company are dedicated to righting these wrongs and fixing the systems that cause this. Will you join us?
📷 This can be a tough time of year for some people. Finals, colder weather, longer nights and not everyone is looking forward to Christmas. Did you know that if you text 741741 when you are feeling depressed or suicidal, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and continue to text with you? Many people don’t like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It’s a FREE service to ANYONE – teens, adults, etc. – who lives in the U.S. It’s run by The Crisis Text Line.
You. Matter. #youmattertome
I invite my friends & family to join me in raising awareness for mental illness.
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Do it for the people you love – more people struggle with mental health than you think.
All My Love,
Vermin Love Supreme