Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Danny (Vegas) Willson has been in Jail in Olympia Washington since May 1st and Needs Bail $$

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Friends & Comrades,

As some of you already know Daniel Wilson (AKA Danny Vegas) a former member of the Halifax community and friend to many of us is currently in jail in Olympia, Washington. Danny along with five others were arrested on May 1st for there participation in a May Day celebration in which symbols of the state and Capital were attacked (see below for a legal update and link to an action account). Danny is being charged with "1st degree malicious mischief" (felony charge) and "suspicion of riot" (misdemeanor). The total bail for all six arrestees is 40,000 dollars with Danny's being set at $5000. As of today May 5th Danny is still being held and money is needed to help meet the cost of bail. In addition Danny has not had access to proper food that meets his dietary choices of an animal/dairy free diet.

Currently we have raised $3000 and need help to meet the rest. Please contact the phone # below if your able to help with any amount of money or for more info. Please forward this email to any friends or comrades who know Danny and may be able to help.

Love & Rage,


http://www.bombsandshields.blogspot.com/ (Account of action)


On May 1 in Olympia, WA a group of about two hundred people had a rally in solidarity with the immigrants’ rights and anti-war movements. The rally was followed with a march to the capital where activists gathered outside of the governor’s door, making their presence known and urging her to support the proposal of making Olympia a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. After the capital the march continued downtown, where rocks were thrown through the windows of Bank of America and US Bank, two banks notorious for their social and environmental injustices. A scuffle ensued in which protestors clashed with the police. Pepper spray and pellet guns were used on the protestors and six people were ultimately arrested. The names of the people arrested are Daniel Busby, Forrest Student, Stephanie Gottschalk, Bryan Riggins, Randall Hunt and Daniel Wilson. Busby and Student were arrested on suspicion of riot and 2nd degree theft. Gottschalk was arrested on suspicion of riot without a deadly weapon and 3rd degree assault. Riggins, Hunt and Wilson were all arrested on suspicion of 1st degree malicious mischief and suspicion of riot.

Busby, the only person with a private counsel, was released on personal recognizance. Gottschalk’s bail was set at $2500, her bail was posted Friday, and she has been released. Randall Hunt’s bail was set at $2500, his bail was posted Friday, he has been released. Student’s bail was set at $7500 and his bail was posted Friday, yet he must remain in jail until
Monday when his place of residence can be verified. Bryan Riggins’s bail was set at $10,000 and his bail was posted Friday, yet he too must remain in jail until Monday when his residence can be verified.

This is where it gets complicated. Daniel Wilson’s bail was set at $5000.The $500 needed to bail him out was promptly raised, and he was set with a co-signer that had a car title to put up for the bail bond. However, the co-signer fell through and we have been unable to find another co-signer able to put up the collateral necessary (a car or property title). Due to this fact, the only option we have is to pay the entire bail, $5000. We have roughly half of the money raised and we are hard at work raising the rest. However, the people with the deepest hearts often have the shallowest pockets and the rest of the money has proven hard to raise.

We are asking for you to put up any amount of money you can spare so we can get Daniel out of jail to live his life until he can get his court situation figured out and, hopefully, justice can show its face.

The positive thing about paying the entire bail, $5000, is that that money will be returned once Daniel shows up to his first court date. ANY MONEY YOU CONTRIBUTE WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU as soon as Daniel has appeared in court, probably within the next 2 months. Money can be sent on paypal to
ramblini@gmail.com .


At 7:17 PM, Anonymous katie said...

do you know how to get ahold of danny? like an e-mail or something? also have you heard any updates on if he's gotten released yet?
thanks so much for any info you can pass along.
keep loveing, keep fighting

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they raise his bail. He can sit in there and eat shit food until court.

At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone has any iformation on how I can get in contact with Bryan Riggins, it would be much appreciated.

I know this was in May, but I figure it can't hurt.

E-mail me if you know anything:



At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danny "Vegas" jumped bail and left the folks who bailed him out in deep shit. What an asshole.

At 5:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is important to highlight on some of those things but don't fucking deter from other folks raising money for imprisoned comrades. Why does some kind of monetary exchange have to even come into an anarchist practice of solidarity and affinity?

- Sophia Y.N.

At 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know where bryan riggins is im an old friend from school stayed in the home town and it seems he moved on to actually make a difference but i miss the guy so much. email me please!



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