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Grand Jury Resistors Speak: “Our Passion for Freedom is Stronger than the State’s Prisons”
Portland, Oregon – At 8am this morning, surrounded by supporters, two Portland residents declared their intention to resist the grand juryinvestigating anarchists.
Dennison Williams and Leah-Lynne Plante presented a brief statement decrying the grand jury as a tool of political repression and calling on others to join them in refusing to cooperate with it. The full statement is attached.
Last week, Williams and Plante were subpoenaed to a federal grand jury investigating anarchists in the Pacific Northwest. The subpoenas were accompanied by a set of FBI raids, in which black clothing, flags, and anarchist literature was seized.
Since that time, almost two hundred organizations, both locally and nationally, have signed on to a statement in opposition to political repression and in solidarity with its most recent targets. Additionally, hundreds of people across the country will be calling the US Attorney in Washington today, demanding they end the grand jury investigation.
Tomorrow, the day of the hearings, rallies will be held in support of those resisting the grand jury. The main rally will take place on the steps of the federal court house in Seattle, Washington starting at 7:30 AM. Solidarity rallies will occur simultaneously in cities across the country.
Below is the statement of the grand jury resistors:
Hi my name is Dennison. I will be reading a statement on behalf of Dennison Williams, Leah-Lynn Plante. The two of us were subpoenaed to the secret grand jury to begin meeting on Thursday investigating anarchists.
We are releasing this statement to make clear our intention to resist the grand jury. We will not co-operate with their investigation. If we appear before the grand jury, we will not answer any questions other than our names. If we are asked additional questions, we will invoke our First, Fourth,and Fifth Amendment rights. Under no circumstances will we talk about other people.
This grand jury is a tool of political repression. It is attempting to turn individuals against each other by coercing those subpoenaed to testify against their communities. The secret nature of grand jury proceedings creates mistrust and can undermine solidarity. And imprisoning us takes us from our loved ones and our responsibilities.
But our passion for freedom is stronger than the state’s prisons. Our refusal to cooperate with the grand jury is a reflection of our own desires for a liberated world and our support for others who are working to bring that world into being. We support the efforts of all those who will be resisting this grand jury.
If you would like to join us, please visit: http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com. There you can find out how to sign on to a solidarity statement, donate money to our defense and support campaign, and write us should we be imprisoned.
More importantly, though, you can show your solidarity by refusing to co-operate with any police force and encouraging your friends and families to do the same. The police do not protect us, and do nothing to bring justice to those who have been hurt by others. If we want real safety, and real justice, we need to begin creating liberatory alternatives to the state’s institutions.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call In Day- Wednesday, August 1st. We are asking for people to call the US Attorney for Washington, Jenny A Durkan on Wednesday, August 1st to demand an end to political persecution and that the grand jury and investigation be stopped. When you call the U.S Attorney’s office, please let them know that you are speaking for yourself and not the individuals resisting the grandjury subpoenas. Be aware of how the things you say will impact the people you are trying to help. Feel free to use our example to help you figure out what to say. If you make a call, please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know how what kind of response you got from the Attorney’s office.
An example of what you might say:
“Hi. I am Doug Brown. I am calling about the grand jury being impaneled in Seattle, Washington this Thursday, August 2nd. I am disgusted that the FBI and government are persecuting political dissent in our country. This group of people is being harassed and intimated for their political beliefs. I demand that the grand jury and investigation be ended immediately and that the governments repression of social movements stop. Thank you for taking my comments.”
Telephone: toll free at: (800) 797-6722
Thursday, August 2. Come to Seattle to stand against the Grand Jury witch hunt! There will be a demonstration in solidarity with those affected by the raids and subpoenas starting at 7:30am and throughout the day. The demonstration will be at the federal court house, 700 Stewart St., in Seattle.
Can’t make it to Seattle? Plan another event or demonstration in solidarity! Please email us at email@example.com to tell us about your event.
Please donate! There is a “Donate” tab on our website http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/. We are trying to raise legal fees for all of those affected. We also are trying to provide material support for those that are resisting the grand jury.
Please keep checking our website for updates: http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/
If you have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.