The Free Ross Organization is launching an NFT Collection for Ross Ulbricht’s freedom effort and prisoner support. The “Dread Pirate Roberts” of the internet founded and operated the darknet marketplace Silk Road in 2011. Eventually, the US government shut it down and convicted Ulbricht.
In May 2015, he was sentenced to a double life sentence plus forty years without the possibility of parole. His supporters argue that it is too much to condemn him to die in prison for his role in the Silk Road. Furthermore, he was a first-time offender with non-violent charges. They also asserted that early Bitcoin believers recognize the Silk Road as an original catalyst for blockchain adoption.
Free Ross Ulbricht NFT Collection
According to the organizers, portrayals of Ross Ulbricht’s case and story have been misleading. So this NFT auction is an opportunity to bring renewed attention to his plight and gain support from NFT communities and collectors.
The Ross Ulbricht Collection NFT is a unique collection of ten artworks by Ross Ulbricht, from early childhood to teen to a prisoner. It also includes Levitate’s original animation and Ulbricht’s voiceover inspired by his experience in prison.
In addition to supporting prisoners and their families in various ways, proceeds will fund a trust dedicated to efforts to free Ross Ulbricht from a life in prison. These include new legal proceedings, raising awareness, and more. So, there is still a long road ahead.
The team is auctioning the Collection starting December 2 at Art Basel Miami through the SuperRare platform. Curated by Entoptic, this is the first and only NFT to include Ross’s personal work.
According to Entoptic, “This NFT collection is Ross’s creative journey of expression; it is his living and evolving story. Through drawings and video, we see glimpses of a man’s unfolding existence. This is his way to reach outside the walls of the prison as we continue the campaign for his freedom.”
Beneficiaries and Partners
The open-source protocol KSPEC was used to generate the NFT. This allows project developers to deliver the Ross Ulbricht Collection NFT in full quality, attach additional content on-chain, and initiate a relationship with the collector to potentially update the NFT throughout time.
Meanwhile, Ulbricht shared why he is pursuing this NFT Project. He said, “With proceeds from this NFT, we are starting a donor-advised fund called Art4Giving, dedicated to relieving the suffering of the incarcerated and their families. One project I envision is to help kids travel to visit their moms and dads in prison.”
Ulbricht added: “Decades of incarceration stretch out in front of me. As I face that future, my eventual old age and death in this cage, I find myself looking for meaning and purpose. Why am I here? What good can I do with the time I have left and from where I am? I hope that helping my fellow prisoners through my art is one way.”
To learn more about the case and NFT drop, visit FreeRoss.org.
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