Oshan Cook is well loved by many in the Bay Area. Through his teahouse, mobile tea setups, tea workshops and non-profit activities, Oshan introduced thousands of people to the magic and beauty of tea culture. In San Francisco, his Om Shan Tea House located in the Mission District was a popular and relaxing meeting place for artists, musicians, and spiritual community members.
On April 25, 2013, over a hundred friends and supporters attended Oshan’s federal court hearing. The judge decreed a “mandatory minimum” sentence of twelve and a half years in federal prison on charges of distributing psychedelics, with no right to parole. Oshan’s conviction followed two jury trials (the first ending in a hung jury). Currently he is serving time at Taft Correctional Camp in Taft, California, near Bakersfield.
We are working to overturn his conviction on appeal due to legal flaws in the trial and arrest process. All of us are now coming together to support Oshan Cook and his family. Even more importantly, we are called to action, to end these costly, failed drug wars. We want to free not only our friend, but also the hundreds of thousands of others imprisoned unjustly.
The immediate goal is to raise $20-30,000 for legal expenses needed to pursue his appeal. We started this campaign on September 15 with a community gathering and panel discussion. That night, we raised over $5,000 – click here for more details and video from this event.
We also have a transcript of the discussion here.
Links to the Indiegogo campaign and other ways to donate are on the sidebar at the right.
Please check back on this website for the latest news about Oshan and ways to learn more and work around these important issues!