Since their origin more than 200 years ago, grand juries have been used to find escaped slaves, intimidate women fighting for the right to vote, and harass activists opposing the Vietnam war. This legacy of repression and abuse now continues in the Northwest, as young people face raids on their homes and subpoenas just for espousing a political philosophy critical of the state. All people of conscience should raise their voices and banners against this witch hunt, and fight with whatever tools available to abolish the grand jury system.
Josh Harper is an activist from the Northwest most commonly associated with the SHAC 7 free speech trial. After serving 3 years in federal prison for making two speeches, he continues to advocate for direct action in defense of animals, wilderness, and human freedom. He is currently working to digitally archive and share old movement publications.