The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is circulating a statement from the Portland-based Committee Against Political Repression on how you can help the political activists who have been subpoenaed to appear before a Seattle Grand Jury August 2. If your group has not yet signed the solidarity statement, reprinted below, please do so. We know that repression us growing in this country. It is vital that all progressive people unite and defeat this attack on the people’s movement.
- Call In Day- Wednesday, August 1st
- Thursday, August 2. Come to Seattle
- Plan another event or demonstration in solidarity!
- Please donate!
- Sign the Solidarity Statement
From the Committee to Stop Political Repression:
Thank you to all the individuals who have reached out to us and the
organizations who have signed our solidarity statement. More than 160
organizations have signed on to the statement. This has been an
important first step in supporting those facing political repression in
the Pacific Northwest. We have a long and rough journey ahead of us, but
we are inspired by the outpouring of support that we have already
received. Many people have asked what else they can do to contribute to
this struggle so we have come up with a short list of options. Those
resisting the grand jury will be making a statement later this week.
What You Can Do This Week to Support Grand Jury Resistance!
Call In Day- Wednesday, August 1stWe 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 grand jury 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.”
US Attorney Jenny A Durkan
Telephone: (206) 553-7970 or toll free at: (800) 797-6722
Fax Line : (206) 553-0882
ISDN: (206) 264-2765
Thursday, August 2. Come to Seattleto 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 Stuart 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 spread this information far and wide!
Have your group
Sign the Solidarity StatementIf you have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are still taking signatures from organizations so email us if your organization would like to sign on. Keep checking this website for updates in the coming days. Please keep checking our website for updates: http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/.
Here is the solidarity statement.
To add your group’s name to the solidarity statement, please email:
On Wednesday July 25th,
the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids against activists in
Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. They subpoenaed several people to a
special federal grand jury, and seized computers, black clothing and
anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in Seattle in July
and earlier raids of squats in Portland.
Solidarity Statement against the raids and grand jury
Though the FBI has said that the raids are part of a violent crime investigation, the truth is that the federal authorities are conducting a political witch-hunt against anarchists and others working toward a more just, free, and equal society. The warrants served specifically listed anarchist literature as evidence to be seized, pointing to the fact that the FBI and police are targeting this group of people because of their political ideas. Pure and simple, these raids and the grand jury hearings are being used to intimidate people whose politics oppose the state’s agenda. During a time of growing economic and ecological crises that are broadly affecting people across the world, it is an attempt to push back any movement towards creating a world that is humane, one that meets every person’s needs rather than serving only the interests of the rich.
This attack does not occur in a vacuum. Around the country and around the world, people have been rising up and resisting an economic system that puts the endless pursuit of profit ahead of the basic needs of humanity and the Earth. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement to now Anaheim, people are taking to the streets. In each of these cases, the state has responded with brutal political repression. This is not a coincidence. It is a long-term strategy by state agencies to stop legitimate political challenges to a status quo that exploits most of the world’s people.
We, the undersigned, condemn this and all other political repression. While we may have differences in ideology or chose to use different tactics, we understand that we are in a shared struggle to create a just, free, and liberated world, and that we can only do this if we stand together. We will not let scare tactics or smear campaigns divide us, intimidate us, or stop us from organizing and working for a better world.
No more witch-hunts! An injury to one is an injury to all.