Announcing Support Site for Anarchist Grand Jury Resister! Solidarity with Steve!

supportFrom Anarchist News:

In late July of 2012 our friend Steve received a phone call from a man identifying himself as a FBI agent. He was told that a subpoena had been issued for him to appear before a federal Grand Jury investigating the vandalism of the Kenzo Nakamura Court of Appeals*. This phone call happened in conjunction with three other people being served subpoenas in Olympia and Portland, as well as house raids in Portland. Although Steve is a well known anarchist in the Northwest, who has been subjected to state harassment before, up until this moment he has not been served or indicated as a suspect of the ongoing investigation against anarchists.

However, his life has been severely impacted by the course of events. Hehas made the choice to leave his former life behind in order to reject the Grand Jury on his own terms. This means that Steve has gone without face-to-face contact with his family, friends, and loved ones for many months.

On that note, the investigation and subsequent repression is still very much alive even though former prisoners, Maddy, Matt and Kteeo are now free. The potential for criminal indictments is always a lingering and realistic possibility. Also, the effects of imprisonment and future threats of going back to prison are not something that ends once one has left the prison walls behind.

While Steve has been doing his best to adjust to life in a new place, it has not been an easy transition. He has already been physical and verbally harassed by the state forces in his new location, and without status and ability to use the local language, employment is very hard to come by. At the same time, he has been doing his best to keep his spirits high and is gracious for all the support and solidarity he has received from people thus far, and the new friends he has made. The fact remains that life inside capitalist society is expensive, and as of this point he has no income whatsoever. He is in a really rough spot right now, being thousands of miles away from his home and not knowing when he will be able to return. Please consider donating to Steve so he can take care of his rent, bills, transportation costs, and everything else this life forces us to pay for. As little or much as you can, anything helps.

*It is important to note that Steve stands in solidarity and complicity with all those accused of damaging the Kenzo Nakamura Court House.

Please donate whatever you can at:

wepay.com/donations/solidaritywithsteve

FOR MORE INFO CHECK OUT: http://SOLIDARITYWITHSTEVE.NOBLOGS.ORG

Word on the street: Maddy Pfeiffer ordered released!

From the Stranger:

In last week’s paper, we wrote about Matthew Duran and Katherine Olejnik, two of several grand-jury refusers who were subpoenaed, hauled before a grand jury and a federal prosecutor (without a defense attorney in the room), asked to testify about other people’s political opinions and social affiliations, refused to answer on the grounds that the questions were McCarthyesque, then thrown into prison for an indefinite period of time. (That’s a simplification. More about the details at the link above, plus here and here and here.)

The two spent about half a year in the joint (losing employment and housing arrangements in the process), including a good chunk of time in solitary, then were released, leaving one behind.

That one, Maddie Pfeiffer, has been released today by Judge Richard A. Jones, according to a one-sentence email from Pfeiffer’s attorney I received a few minutes ago.

At this point, we still don’t know the whys and wherefores—and the office of US Attorney Jenny Durkan and Warden Jack Fox of the SeaTac Federal Detention Facility have still refused to answer the four pertinent questions:

1. Who decided these people should be hauled in front of a grand jury (since they weren’t even in Seattle when the vandalism crimes were committed)?

2. What was the argument to do so?

3. Who decided the three (plus a fourth, Leah-Lynn Plante, who was released several months ago) should be placed in solitary confinement, the most punitive thing that our legal system can legally inflict on a person, short of execution?

4. What was the reason for placing them in solitary? (For example: Did they break a rule? Were they fighting with other inmates? Were they a demonstrable threat to themselves or others? Were they being punished for their political beliefs? Or were they subjected to a condition the UN has described as “torture” just for kicks?)

Despite repeated requests over a period of months from attorneys, journalists (or at least this one), and the prisoners themselves, nobody in charge of those institutions has seen fit to explain how and why those things happened to four people who were not even charged with, much less convicted of, a crime.

Radio Interview with Grand Jury Resister Kerry Cunneen

From the Committee Against Political Repression:

Grand Jury resister Kerry Cunneen gave an interview to Finn’s Revolution radio show. Here is a rough transcript of the interview:

Question: What is anarchism and how did anarchists find themselves at May Day in Seattle?

Kerry: Anarchism is a political philosophy centered on the idea that a society without domination is better suited to foster the wellbeing of its members. Anarchists are necessarily anti-capitalists because capitalism hinges on exploitation and economic division in society. We also oppose the concentration of power that we refer to as the state. These various bodies of law, force, and control seek to contain the possibilities for society and compel us all to perpetuate capitalism. There are many other forms of social domination that anarchists will fight to abolish, such as racism and patriarchy, that are also deeply entwined with capitalism.

As for May Day, it is, among other things, an anarchist holiday. It is a day that commemorates the militant labor struggle for the eight hour work day and the anarchists who were killed or imprisoned by the state for participating in this struggle. In Chicago, where the labor struggle was particularly militant, the police opened fire on a picket, killing and wounding picketers. The next day a demonstration was called and a bomb was thrown at the police line, killing an officer and wounding others. The state tried eight anarchists for the murder, and regardless of whether they were at the demonstration or not, all eight were sentenced to death or life in prison. We take May Day as a chance to remember these militant struggles and to inspire us to keep fighting against the state that wants us submissive or dead. Every year there are demonstrations and other events in cities all over. In the Pacific Northwest, Seattle was calling out to anarchists to come together and have a really massive anti-capitalist march. Many anarchists answered the call and showed up in Seattle that day.
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Northwest Grand Jury Resistance: Matt and Kteeo back in solitary confinement – please call the prison!

From the Committee Against Political Repression:

Matthew Duran and Katherine “KteeO” Olejnik were unexpectedly thrown back into solitary confinement at SeaTac FDC on December 27th, the day after Maddy Pfeiffer self-reported to the same prison. After Matt’s friends and family didn’t hear from him for a few days, his lawyer contacted him and found out that both he and KteeO were removed from the general population.

Right now we don’t know why they were moved back to solitary. It is common for prisons to arbitrarily punish the people they are keeping locked up by keeping them away from other people. Meanwhile, no one has heard from Maddy Pfeiffer since they self-reported on the 26th, and we expect they will remain in solitary for at least a week.

Please call SeaTac FDC at 206-870-5700 to demand that Matthew Duran, Katherine Olejnik, and Matthew Pfeiffer be released from prison.

Don’t let your solidarity with the grand jury resisters end with a phone call! The work we do to support the grand jury resisters is part of a broader project of refusal of hierarchy and domination, toward the destruction of prisons, borders, capital, and the state.

Solidarity with the grand jury resisters, for the destruction of all prisons!!

Maddy Pfeiffer imprisoned today

From https://www.facebook.com/FreeGrandJuryResisterMaddyPfeiffer:

Maddy was taken into custody today at FDC SeaTac. They self-reported at 9am with about a dozen friends to walk them in. Please write to Maddy. BUT PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that Maddy can’t read cursive so please print or type your letter. Any support and encouragement is tremendously appreciated by Maddy and their loved ones.

Matthew Pfeiffer #42421-086
FDC SeaTac
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Northwest Grand Jury: Maddy Pfeiffer sentenced to prison for refusal to cooperate

From the Committee Against Political Repression:

Maddy Pfeiffer was steadfast in their refusal to cooperate with the federal witch-hunt against Pacific Northwest anarchists. They found guilt of civil contempt and will be sent to prison on December 26th for being unwilling to give any information about the people they know or the politics they hold. It is possible that Pfeiffer will be held until March of 2014.

In an earlier statement, Pfeiffer wrote:

“The state is trying to use broken windows as a reason to ruin people’s lives. This is absurd, and I will oppose it to the fullest. This life-ruining system which they call “justice” is organized to defend property and capitalism. This system is against everything I believe in.”

Currently a federal grand jury in Seattle is purportedly investigating the May Day protests, but it is widely decried as a witch hunt due to its focus only on the anarchist movement. Maddy will be joining KteeO Olejnik and Matt Duran who are in prison for their own dedication to their principles and refusal to provide information to an investigative body that they view as invalid. Both Oljnik and Duran remain strong in their resolve and appreciate the outpouring of support they have received from around the world.

Hundreds of supporters called and emailed District Judge Richard A Jones yesterday demanding an end to the grand jury investigation targeting people based on their political beliefs and the release of all those being held in contempt.

Reportback from Denver’s N16 Grand Jury Resistance Solidarity Action

It was a cold grey night at Civic Center Park when the comrades of grand jury resisters gathered at the ampitheatre. Numbers came in a slow trickle as letters to the resisters and other anarchist political prisoners were written and music was played off a city power outlet. Once most of our people had arrived anti-police, anti-legal system, prisoner solidarity and anarchist messages were chalked all over the park, along with the addresses of these and other prisoners.

Once we numbered around 25, we made our way toward the 16th Street Mall, carrying black flags, bucket drums, pots, pans and a boombike blaring hip hop. On the way, and through the night, statements of grand jury resisters and other words of support were shared via megaphone to the spectators downtown this Friday night. Noise was made, mall scenery was banged on, and nearly a thousand leaflets were passed out to fellow snitch-haters both outside and inside of businesses, in outright defiance of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s no flyering without a permit ordinance.

We hit turbulence when a civilian wannabe-cop approached us to shit-talk and argue, without disclosing that he was secretly taping the whole interaction. After being exposed he hid his iPad from view till being mobbed by an intimidating, noisy and pissed off masked crowd caused him to turn his camera the fuck off and hurry away to the safety of shopping.

We concluded with an amplified re-enactment of Maddy Pfeiffers court testimony outside the movie theatre on the Mall, to moviegoers entering and leaving opening day showings of the new Twilight movie. This was Denver’s second grand jury resistance solidarity event. The previous one consisted of roving outreach of a similar kind on the Santa Fe artwalk, with resister’s statements also guerilla projected on the walls of galleries and warehouses.

Committee Against Political Repression suspends support for Leah-Lynn Platte

From Committee Against Political Repression:

The Committee Against Political Repression will be suspending support for Leah-Lynn Plante.

Leah was released from prison on October 17 after appearing before the grand jury investigating anarchists. We do not know what was said at that hearing. In the time since her release, Leah has not offered details regarding the subjects of the hearing, her response, or about her release. CAPR is withdrawing support for Leah until we get information regarding her grand jury hearing.

Meanwhile, Matt Duran and Kteeo Olejnik remain in prison, steadfast in their refusal to aid the government in its persecution of anarchists. CAPR will continue to do everything we can to support them, and we urge everyone who wants a more free, equal, humane society to do the same.

1) Write to them or send them books
Katherine Olejnik #42592-086
FDC SeaTac,
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Matthew Kyle Duran #42565-086
FDC SeaTac
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

2) Donate funds for legal and material support

3) Have a solidarity action in your community

Northwest Grand Jury: Another comrade subpeonaed

According to https://www.facebook.com/ResistTheNwGrandJury, Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer of Olympia received a grand jury subpoena yesterday afternoon for November 7th. We haven’t been able to find any other information, but if any is made public, we will make that information available.

Solidarity from the mountains!

DABC

Statement Concerning Leah-Lynn Plante’s Release

From Free Leah, via Anarchist News:

First and foremost, do not panic.

Leah wanted for us to express these points to you with this news:

She is extremely traumatized and experienced a lot of very, very bad things, but she is alive. The state of her mental health is also very bad.
She asks that people do not jump to wild conclusions about her release because they do not apply.
She spent her whole time in SHU / Administrative Detention (solitary confinement) and was told that that is where she would stay for the duration of her incarceration, up to 18 months. She was classified as “different” from Matt and Kteeo.

She received probably near 200 pieces of mail, books, postcards in 4 days (mail was not delivered to her every day) and was glad for it, and knows probably a similar amount is being returned to sender right now. She urges people to step up support for Matt and Kteeo on all fronts. Books that didn’t get to her probably go into the prison library, which is still a good thing because from what we heard their selection is limited to romance novels and religious literature.
More information is going to be released. At this time, Leah needs space from media. She is overwhelmed by all the publicity. Regardless of who you are, if you have her personal information, PLEASE do not call her, email her, or try to locate her in order to question her. Give her space until she asks otherwise.
She was released the night of 10/17. She did not make it public immediately because she did not want the “media shitstorm” to jump down her throat yet.
She is very moved by the amount of support and solidarity there has been for her, she expressed concern that Matt and Kteeo were not getting as much publicity. Please write them, support them, send them books.

Again, to reiterate, more information is going to be released in a few days.

Thank you all for keeping an ear to the ground and for supporting these people.

(From: http://freeleah.tumblr.com/)