Daniel McGowan released from prison!

From NYC Anarchist Black Cross

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Earth Liberation Front political prisoner and Rockaway native Daniel McGowan was released from the Communication Management Unit (CMU) in Terre Haute, Indiana this morning. He was driven by federal authorities to Indianapolis International Airport, where he met up with his wife.

Though the two have been able to visit during Daniel's imprisonment, today marked the first time in years that they could hug, hold hands, or make any physical contact (save for a few month stint when Daniel was in general population in Marion, Illinois-- between the CMU there and the one in Terre Haute). The two flew back to New York City together, where they were met by a small group of close friends at the airport.

From the airport, Daniel had one hour to make it to the halfway house, where he will be living for as long as the next six months. Though he has secured employment, it is unclear when he can start work (at the discretion of the halfway house, not his new employer). Until he has had time to settle in, there are more questions than answers.

After being released from the halfway house, Daniel will be under supervised release for three years.

Regardless, this is great news and we're excited to see our comrade on the other side of the wall.

Please remember that prisoner support doesn't end when a comrade is released. Through halfway houses, supervised release, parole, or probation, there is usually state supervision beyond the initial sentence. Also, prison is traumatic. And of course there is the stigma of being a former prisoner that effects nearly every aspect of one's life. All of this adds up to the less obvious, but equally necessary, support needed when our loved ones come home.

Welcome back, Daniel! We love you!

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Welcome home, friend.

<3 <3 <3

:D

=:<)

fucking news! lots of love to daniel!

We can only imagine what he's doing now, enjoying sensual release, or am I out of order? Hot love can conquer the authority <3

the only good news on @news in months

the only good comments on @news in months

for real

good luck buddy!

i want to screen "if a tree falls" and have david speak @ me campus

you mean daniel?

I'm not sure I would go so far as to call it "good news," given the fact all this bullshit should have never happened in the first place, but it's definitely better news than how these stories usually end for our friends. Gratz to him and his loved ones. <3.

Welcome back Daniel! You never stoped fighting! We wont ever stop fighting!

So glad you're out, Daniel! Welcome back!

I'm glad he's out. I was never that big into ALF/ELF and radical ecology or whatever, but I always had respect for him for standing by his principles and not folding like his codefendants did. He seemed like a good guy, good luck to him.

"never that big into ALF/ELF and radical ecology or whatever,"

man what the hell is it about the contemporary anarchist milieu that allows us to gloss over such basic differences

I miss 90s sectarianism, almost

I'm not sure what you're saying. I was just never that passionate about the Earth Liberation Front political project. I'm more interested in other political issues/topics. But McGowan seemed like a person with principle who held views that are somewhat similar to my own, so I just hope that he has a good transition from prison. (or as good as one can expect his situation to be)

I'm not either, particularly, but if you're not interested in radical environmentalism, then you must have a fundamentally different understanding of the world and what we should be doing, than I do.

Unless *I* misunderstood *you*...

sorry, radical ecology

Is it hard for you to believe that two people would have fundamentally different understandings of the world and what we should be doing?

no of course not, but it seems like these differences should be discussed more. I think that the popularity of insurrectionism (which I generally like) has had a weird effect of covering them up

Most people posting on this website might not even be anarchist. The comments on this website do not represent the "anarchist milieu"

I know, but that particular statement mirrors something I've experienced in real life also

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