This event is taking place in Olympia, WA as part of New Direction
Fest. You do not have to have a NDF ticket to attend this presentation.
On Wednesday, July 26, the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task
Force raided three houses in Portland, looking for black clothing,
electronics, flag-making materials, and anarchist literature. That same
morning, they served federal grand jury subpoenas to two individuals in
Portland and one individual in Olympia, for an investigative grand jury
to convene on August 2nd in Seattle.
Federal investigative grand juries are secretive, repressive, and
often misunderstood. This presentation will explore the nature and
purpose of grand juries. We will also talk about tactics for resisting
FBI repression, and what to do if you are approached by an FBI agent in
relation to a grand jury or otherwise.
This workshop is presented by members of the Committee Against
Political Repression, and is part of New Direction Fest. In order to
make this presentation accessible to those who don’t have tickets to New
Direction Fest, it will be held outside in a park. Unfortunately we’re
not sure what the seating situation is going to be, we may have to all
sit on the grass. If you have concerns about physical accessibility
please get in touch with organizers of New Direction Fest to see about
bringing chairs over from the Eagles Ballroom.
This statement was given by grand jury resistors this morning at a press conference in Portland, OR:
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
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.