Eric Marquez was arrested during the Port of Houston Solidarity Action back in December of 2011 while he was participating as part of Occupy Now (Dallas). The action was in solidarity with the West Coast Port Shutdown which was called by Occupy Oakland. Unlike the rest of the protesters at the port Eric stayed in prison until August of 2013, he spent roughly 1 year and 10 months in prison. Eric was a political prisoner, we believe his story makes it clear that the Dallas District Attorney acted to keep Eric in jail just as he was about to be released on a bond. It is also clear that his ability to bail out was restricted because of the severity of the charge he received during the Port Action. He would NOT had gotten that charge if it were not for the direct involvement of the Austin Police Department to entrap 7 Occupy Activists. As a result years of Eric’s life were stolen but they never broke his spirit and now that he is released looks forward to working with Occupy or something like Occupy to help others who need it. Eric is 25, he is a veteran of the War in Iraq who was diagnosed with PTSD. He joined Occupy Now in October 2011, was arrested in December 2011 and was released in August of 2013. He acted in good faith with Occupy believing his actions could help struggling workers on the West Coast and also lead to broader social change through building solidarity. If you can, please donate a few dollars to a good man who could use a little solidarity right now.