“No man escapes when freedom fails, the best men rot in filthy jails. And those who cried,”appease appease” are hanged by those they tried to please.”

May 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Dear Fellow Mick Gerhardt Supporters,

My grandfather retired from the Army and Navy after 25 years of service. During his military years he acquired a number of experiences he would talk to us children about. Most of the stories were about lessons learned on the frontlines of WWII and Korea. Like most from that generation, my grandfather always feared and fought against any government entity that might erode the sovereignty of America. For example, he was very critical and suspicious of the United Nations, etc. He was afraid that government would get so large that it would over-reach into our lives. After retiring, he had an ink stamp made up that he would stamp on every envelope he ever mailed. I’ll never forget the below saying which inspired a whole generation to roll back Hitler and tyranny;

“No man escapes when freedom fails, the best men rot in filthy jails. And those who cried,”appease appease” are hanged by those they tried to please.”

The above phrase haunted my mind as I visited our hero Attorney Mick Gerhardt at the Cook County Jail yesterday. Mick’s spirits are noticeably high despite his unjust incarceration. That is due to his strength of character. Mick knows he is doing the right thing, for the right reasons and in the right manner. He is getting some visitors, but I would like to see more. His next court date is Tuesday, May 20th. He suspects that the judge will keep him in jail. Mick’s relative will keep us updated on his status. Visiting at Cook County Jail is not like the movies where you get to talk on phones to an inmate. No, at Cook County you are in a room full of other visitors all trying to yell through a thick plate glass window using a small hole in the glass. So, you can’t hear anything with a room full of loud chatter(and conjugal gestures going on) unless you lose eye contact with the person you are trying to talk with and yell into the person’s ear which is pressed against the small hole in the glass. And I won’t go into other indignities that Mick is being forced into. Suffice it to say, even IF Mick was entirely guilty of what the judge is accusing him of(indirect civil contempt), it in no way should mean that jail is the proper penalty. Mick Gerhardt is a modern day prisoner of conscience, plain and simple. And we should support him in any way he sees fit. More later. Below are his visiting details. In Solidarity, Richard Thomas

If you live within 150 miles or LESS from the jail, visits are only Sat. and Monday from 330pm to 830pm.

http://www2.cookcountysheriff.org/search2/details.asp?jailnumber=2014-0508164

Out-of-Town Visits: Visitors from out of town shall be allowed to visit Monday through Saturday regardless of the regularly scheduled visiting day of the inmate. The visitors must submit proof that they are from out of town, which is defined as 150 miles or more from the Cook County Department of Corrections.


Richard Thomas
4923 Pine Meadow Parkway
Apartment 3
Loves Park, Illinois 61111
“BE the change you wish to see in the world”

 

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