Solidarity With Grand Jury Resisters: Federal Courthouse November 7th


Another person, Maddy Pfeiffer, from Olympia has been subpoenaed to the grand jury which has been going on in Seattle for the past few months. They are resisting and will not testify. Please come to the support rally on the 7th of November at 8:00 to show support and solidarity. Check out the facebook here. Maddy is another amazing young person who is being punished for being in solidarity with their friends. It is our responsibility to show up for these people who are standing up and resisting. Here is their statement:

On October 25th, the day before my 23rd birthday, two FBI agents wearing ill-fitting khakis and too much gel in their hair, served me a subpoena for 9am on November 7th. I knew my fate right away: 18 months in SeaTac Federal Detention Center. Matt, Kteeo and Leah have all been imprisoned for their refusal and I will be the next. Despite the urgings of lawyers, agents and judges, I only have one option: non-cooperation. Any other option is unthinkable.
I am being asked to testify before a Grand Jury on November 7th and will likely be detained on that date for refusing to cooperate. The vultures of the state will try to imprison my comrades and I until we give in. We will never give in.
From so many different perspectives, for so many reasons, snitching is never an option. I will never betray the people I care about, the ideas which I hold dear, or the commitments I have made. I will never give any information about crimes, should I have any knowledge of them nor will I give information about my personal relationships. I will never cooperate with this or any attempt to stop struggle. I will never cooperate with the systems of control which I loathe. If the federal government chooses to imprison me for my refusal then so be it. I expect no less from them.The official reason the state gives for imprisoning those who refuse to cooperate is to coerce testimony. If they know anything about me or my friends they know that this will never work. Some have said that this Grand Jury is about trying to repress people’s political opinions and free speech and no doubt this is true. My subpoena states that I am being asked to testify about events that took place on May 1st The state is trying to use broken windows as a reason to ruin peoples 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.My imminent imprisonment is an attempt to disrupt struggle against domination in all its forms. What the vultures cannot understand is that attempts to repress this struggle will only embolden it, whether we are inside the walls of the Federal Detention Center or in the streets. The growing list of solidarity actions, from St. Louis to France, demonstrates an inspiring continuity in this regard.

In silence, we roar!
Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer

About rewind13

I live and work and organize in Seattle. Am mainly focusing on anti-prison and anti-deportation work at this time. I work at a tiny non-profit and a cafe. I like writing and thinking about Queer Theory, Marxism, Class Composition and Poetry among other things. I also really really like books, lots of books.
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