The prisoner we have been supporting as Jared Chase is ready to let her supporters and comrades know that she is a trans woman who prefers to be called Maya and uses she/her/hers pronouns. She also wants to go vegan, although she is currently not able to receive adequate nutrition in general, much less according to her ethical decisions.
She wrote us recently to say:
“I am writing to tell you all and the world that I am a TransGender woman. All of my life I have always identified as a woman. After 30 years I am finally done hiding, pretending to be something I’m not.”
Communicating with Maya has been difficult, in large part due to repression she is suffering on the inside. As such, we do not have an up-to-date report on her well-being at this time. We will keep you updated about how she is doing and about any opportunities to advocate for her as we learn more.
She will need even more support than before as she tries to get her needs met as a transgender, vegan political prisoner with serious medical needs. An easy way to support her is to write to her (note that her state name will need to be used on the outside of the envelope):
2600 N. Brinton Ave
Dixon, IL 61021
Donations to support Maya and Brent Betterly, the other defendant still incarcerated, can be made at:
Brent Betterly could use some letters of support as well:
4017 E. 2603 Road
Sheridan, IL 60551
Jacob Church was released to a half-way house last November and continues to search for housing and employment while facing harassment from the probation system. Donations for his support can be made at https://www.youcaring.com/JacobChurch. If you have any insight into jobs or housing opportunities in the Chicago area, please contact us at free.the.nato3(A)gmail.com.