Greetings to all. I have been president of the corporation set up for Freeanons for over two years. When we began, we were an irc channel, and had very little outside support. Since that time, Freeanons has grown tremendously, in terms of people willing to assist us. Thus, over the past year, we have explored options to strengthen the organization. Now we are ready to proceed.
Going forward, I want to focus solely on providing Freeanons’ pro bono legal support to the Anonymous collective. Dealing with money is both time-consuming and exhausting. I have made an effort to remain a constant presence in irc, and be open and available always, primarily because I felt it was my duty to do so as I handled funds. This was the right thing to do, and the only way to maintain trust and build credibility for us. For the past year, however, I have wanted others to deal with fundraising and set a goal to finish my own efforts in this regard by year’s end. Several other supporters, with whom we have built strong bonds, have agreed to step up to deal with fundraising. Sue Crabtree and Ryan Hanlin, who both have had access to Freeanons’ statements and records since they began support with us after Jeremy Hammond’s arrest, and thus are an integral part of Freeanons, not to mention tireless supporters, have started a new corporation for us. Over the next few weeks, Sue, as President, and Ryan, as Vice President will transition us to the new corporation. Pamela Drew and Tara Jill Ciccarone, both wonderful activists, will assist as officers.
Sue will have other support as well, and will write here in the coming days. Most importantly, they will assemble an advisory board. This board will have access required to perform funding reviews and help Freeanons make funding decisions. All the records of the original corporation will be retained by the new one, so documents and records are complete. The new corporation will have all my original bank statements, a system of numbered and documented donations to date, and paid expenses to date. The new corporation is a convenience to the new officers, as bank and corporate ownership should be easily accessible and appropriate to them. We will finish with the original corporation by January 1, 2014. Then we will do a review of final taxes on the original corporation, make payment of those taxes, and transfer the remaining balance to the new corporation. When we are finished, our 2013 1120 expenses and figures will be published here, as we did twice in 2012, once as a record to date, and once as final sworn figures. This time, we will publish the final figures once, when filed, as we are currently up-to-date. The new corporation will then take on reporting responsibility for the new year.
I have insisted on these measures to protect not just donors, but the officers themselves, who are ultimately responsible for funding decisions. Sue and Ryan are in full agreement, and will do whatever it takes to keep us going to the next phase. In my opinion, it’s better to keep funding and legal support distinct. Funding is a really hard and thankless job. I’m very appreciative Sue and Ryan, along with Pamela and the new board, are willing to take this on. As always, no person will be paid for their work with us. That’s why we appreciate the dedication it takes to see this through. I’m happy we are able to arrive at a point together where we have the infrastructure to grow. Thank you very much to them.
And, as always, thanks to the Anons at Anonops who continue to provide us with our home base irc, and to @AnonymousVideo, who works harder than anyone to keep us inspired. We have been through a lot together, the arrests of friends and comrades, including one of our original Freeanons members, Jeremy Hammond, and an Anonops admin, Chris Weatherhead. To the Paypal and Payback Anons, Antisec, Lulzsec, the Anons all over the world who never waver in their support of us, to the free, the arrested, the ones who still sacrifice all for their convictions: desperate people have told me, in what they say are their darkest moments, we did a good thing. All my <3. - Nyx