Apologies for the long overdue update from us about Jay Chase and his on-going legal ordeal as well as the silence on our end.
Jared (Jay) Chase of the NATO 3 is serving an 8-year sentence for helping undercover cops with their own idea to make molotov cocktails, that were never used, to protest the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. Originally charged with multiple counts of terrorism under IL state law, he and his co-defendants were acquitted of ALL terrorism-related charges, but convicted on lesser charges including misdemeanor mob action and possession of an incendiary device with intent to commit arson.
Jay was currently scheduled to be released on parole in May 2016. However, he still has an unresolved battery charge, resulting from an incident with Cook County Jail guards during his pre-trial confinement. His doctor’s testimony at sentencing revealed that Jay‘s hereditary Huntington’s disease is a likely factor contributing to his behavior in custody and the pending charges. He has not been receiving the recommended medical care and nutritional supplements required to treat his condition while in custody, further adding to his erratic behavior and sense of powerlessness. This medical neglect is not only making things worse but contributing to a situation in which our comrade may die in prison.
Jay has fired his attorneys and only recently got another one appointed. His trial is set for April 2016. He continues to face harsh treatment in custody, including losing “good time,” visitation rights, having personal property destroyed, time in solitary confinement and even being housed on suicide watch.. He has gone on many hunger strikes as his only recourse to demand that they meet his medical and nutritional needs, without much success.
In October of 2014, Chase wrote to several supporters, “I am a transgender woman,” asking to be referred to as Maya Chase.Supporters spread the word in blogs and via social media that Chase‘s preferred name was Maya and pronouns were feminine. In a more recent letter, however, dated September 21, 2015, Chase explicitly requested that his legal name and male pronouns be used once again to identify him: These are his words: “Also let me apologize for rushing so much in my last letter [that] I didn’t get to explain the sudden change of names. After a lot of thinking I’ve decided even though I am Bi/TS/GQ, I don’t think I want to spend the rest of my life as a Woman 24/7. So you can refer to me in mascul[ine] terms.” Letters from that date forward have been signed using “Jared” or “Jay.”
Jared needs all the love and support of our community as he navigates a hostile and inhumane institution from the inside. His co-defendants are out and trying to live their lives and adjust to the free world. It is imperative that people stand up for Jay, pack the courts for his trial, send him books and letters. Jay feels very down and probably that he has nothing to lose due to his deteriorating health and pending charges.
Please write to Jay and send him your support and love.
Jared Chase M44710
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764
NATO 3 Defense Committee