Saturday, November 15, 2008

An Update On "The Hempstead 15" From Matthis Chiroux

If you're on Facebook, join the group I Support "The Hempstead 15" and you can get these updates hot off the grill from Matthis there. My friends,

A few updates on Adam Kokesh’s trial and the court dates for the Hempstead 15.

Adam’s case was adjourned until December 11, however the D.A. did try to raise his bail in obvious contempt toward Adam as an activist and a veteran.

This is yet another clear sign the Nassau County D.A. intends to continue her persecution of veteran activists and escalate injustice against us at every opportunity afforded.

However, a good number of supporters were present at the courthouse to send a clear message to the D.A. that we will not be silenced and her conduct and that of her officers will not be tolerated.

So six more days, total, for us to gather, have our voices heard and condemn the Nassau County Police Department’s offense toward this nations’ veterans and our Constitutional rights.

Dec. 10th and 11th, and Jan. 5th thru 8th are the days set for the 15 of us to be tried. Each day, we will assemble at 8 a.m. to demand that charges are dropped against us and the officers responsible for brutalizing us are held accountable.

Please continue calling District Attorney Kathleen Rice at 516-571-2994 or contacting her here: to demand that all charges be dropped against the Hempstead 15.

As well, we are working on a petition exclusively for Nassau County residents to put some constituent-based pressure on the D.A., who is an elected official. If you can be of assistance either in contacting residents of Nassau county via phone or e-mail or actually street canvassing for signatures in Nassau County, please contact Lillian at

Lastly, Nick has received his first medical bill for his hour-and-a-half hospital stay in Nassau County where he was handcuffed to a gurney, diagnosed with a broken face and given nothing more than Motrin for the pain. $5,000, folks! No kidding. Nick nowhere NEAR has that kind of money, and this is only the first of many bills to right the wrong done by the NCPD to his person. NICK NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!!

Please, if you haven’t already sent a donation to Nick through the IVAW website, do so. This troop deserves everyones’ full support at whatever level they can give. If you already have donated, consider doing so again. Nick’s sacrificed everything to do right by this nation and her Constitution, and now, we MUST do right by Nick.

We’ll be sending out more reminders about court dates as they approach and planned actions around them. As well, we are planning several benefits to raise money for Nick that I will keep all in the loop about as more develops. If you can, consider holding one yourself in your local community to raise money and awareness. This is the type of organizing that really makes a difference to people like Nick and the rest of us.

Please stay in the fight with us, and continue sending me your letters and opinions. I read all of them and respond to as many as I can. Your voices ARE this movement, and I want to hear them as much as our President should.

Peace and Solidarity,

Matthis Chiroux





Kristofer Goldsmith (Army Sergeant)-Dec. 10
Paul Blasenheim-Dec. 10
Geoff Millard (Army Sergeant)-Dec. 11
Megan Day-Dec. 11
Adam Kokesh (Marine Sergeant)-Dec. 11
James Gilligan (Marine Corporal)-Jan 5
Matthis Chiroux (Army Sergeant)-Jan. 5
Nathan Peld (Navy Petty Officer)-Jan. 6
Ryan Olander-Jan. 6
Mike Spinato (Marine Sergeant)-Jan.6
Jose Vasquez (Army Staff Sergeant)-Jan. 7
David Disimino-Jan 7
Nick Morgan (Army Sergeant)-Jan 7
Marlissa Grogan (Marine Captain)-Jan. 8
Leanne Gillouly-Jan. 8

This shirt was made by Lars Ekstrom for members of the Hempstead 15:


jae said...

I posted this at my blog and added the link to donate to Nick's medical bills and then sent $50 myself to help him. The photo looks like his surgeon did a fine job. Please pass my best wishes on to him and the Hempstead 15.

Stephanie said...

Lars Ekstrom did a FANTASTIC job on those shirts ... VERY creative!

I motion to have him create fan shirts with a similar design (i.e. 'I support the Hempstead 15 and all I got was) and have it benefit IVAW!!! I'm telling you, I'd be the first in line to buy one!

Also, just a thought ... Allison Aruta is a jewelry designer out of NY and does a line called DoGoodJewelry with a portion of the proceeds going to specific causes. I own and wear daily, the Feal Good Foundation bracelet and L-O-V-E it!!!

You or someone you know within the IVAW group should consider contacting her to make something for the cause.

She not only has beautiful, unique designs but is an advocate for many causes. The quality is awesome!

I support those who help to make this world a better place and Allison is doing her part!

As Mahatma Gandhi has said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world".,com_virtuemart/page,shop.browse/category_id,21/Itemid,1/


Ryan Hile said...

Just emailed "The Honorable Kathleen Rice" :

To whom it may concern,

I have been following the events of the Hempstead 15, the 15 Iraq Veterans who were harassed and arrested in Hempstead on October 15th 2008, very closely. I support them and all they tried to do. I also will be citing this current event as part of an Application Report in my Ethics college course tomorrow evening.

Every person I can tell will know about this gross misconduct of the Nassau County PD.

I personally am ashamed of the PD's behavior and will be asking everyone in class to join me in DEMANDING the charges laid against them be dropped immediately.

What those VETERANS were doing they were completely within their rights to do and the complete disrespect and unconstitutional oppression of our Nation's "heroes" is disgusting.

Ryan Hile

Made me feel better too! I'll be donating to help out Morgan just as soon as my company cuts my check.

Ryan Hile said...

Does anyone know if we donate directly to Nick Morgan (If so, how?) or just donate in general to and they'll get it to him?

Feel free to let me know peps!

DC said...


I am planning on writing a blog about you and your fellow vets courageous effort. I cringe when I watch the video of the mounted police going into a peaceful crowd and causing so much violence.

David Carlson