Monthly Archives: December 2012

Free Maddy Pfeiffer!

maddyPOSTERbestMaddy Pfeiffer was taken into custody today at FDC SeaTac. They self-reported at 9am with about a dozen friends to walk them in. Please write to Maddy. BUT KEEP IN MIND that Maddy can’t read cursive so please print or type your letter. Any support and encouragement is tremendously appreciated by Maddy and their loved ones.

Matthew Pfeiffer #42421-086
FDC SeaTac
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Maddy Pfeiffer is the 4th person to be imprisoned for resisting the federal grand jury investigating anarchists and the May Day vandalism of the Nakamura federal courthouse. Matt Duran and KteeO Olejnik have been imprisoned since September, while Leah Plante was released on October.

Please write to Maddy, and continue supporting Matt and KteeO. Our strength lies in our solidarity!

Seattle, WA Event (Saturday 1/5/2013)

Grand Jury Resisters Benefit

Black Coffee Coop, Seattle, WA Saturday 1/5/2013 7pm

Join us supporting the silent ones with a night of indulgence, lively folk jams, and dancy beats. In the face of state terror, we will sing and dance to the tunes of our joyous rebellion!

Pale Robin (Santa Cruz Chamber Folk)
http://palerobin.bandcamp.com/

Gembrokers (Santa Cruz Magic Folk)
http://thegembrokers.com/
http://gembrokers.bandcamp.com/

Underground Reverie (Seattle Anarchist Instrumental Hip Hop)
http://soundcloud.com/undergroundreverie
www.facebook.com/pages/Underground-Reverie/471361152873927

DJ River Grimm (Seattle Dancy Dub)
http://www.mixcloud.com/rivergrimm/

Wicked Man (Santa Cruz Soul Folk)
http://wickedman.bandcamp.com/album/ocean-blue

The Stranger Article

We thought folks might want to read Brendan Kiley’s most recent article on Matt and Kteeo. Here it is.

Brooklyn, NY Event (Friday 12/21/2012)

Repression and Revolt: Grand Jury Resistance in the Pacific Northwest

Friday December 21st, 2012 7:pm – 9pm at 1414 Lincoln Place Brooklyn, NY

After a recent history of contagious anarchist activity in Seattle and the broader Pacific Northwest the area is facing a wave of increased repression. This summer homes in Portland were raided by SWAT teams, and multiple anarchists in Portland and Olympia have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating May Day vandalism in Seattle. The feds, as always, are also using this as an opportunity to map social networks.

Most of those called to testify have refused to do so and are in prison for this decision. On December 21st two speakers from the Committee Against Political Repression involved in support for the grand jury resisters will be in NYC to provide an inside look into what’s going on now, as well as a bit of background on the grand jury system and its use in repression. The talk will focus on repression as an inevitable consequence of revolt, and continued struggle as the necessary response to repression.

Facebook Event Page

Summary of Maddy’s contempt of court hearing – 12/14

The first part of the hearing was open to the public. Maddy’s lawyer argued  that privacy had been breached because the affidavit for one of the search warrants had been leaked, and that the grand jury is chilling free speech and freedom of association. The prosecution didn’t want to talk about anything because they needed secrecy so the judge kicked out the public.

During the closed part, the prosecution said no, there’s no basis for any of those claims, there’s no affidavit from the defendant (Maddy) claiming either that they didn’t publish the statement being attributed to them or that they are afraid of bodily harm if they were to testify. Also fear of retribution isn’t a valid reason to not testify. In regards to the grand jury starting before May Day, the prosecution said the grand jury wasn’t investigating anarchists before May Day. The prosecution claimed that Portland anarchists were being followed prior to May Day for a related but separate investigation, and the July 25th raids were for something other than the grand jury.

The hearing was opened up again and the judge rejected Maddy’s lawyer’s arguments. The judge found Maddy in contempt and told them they have the keys to their own cell – if at any point they choose to be a snitch they will be let out of prison (wouldn’t it be nice if they actually had the physical keys to their own cell!). Maddy has to report to SeaTac FDC by 9am on Dec. 26th.

The hearing was closed again, and the prosecutor argued that there is very good reason to believe that Maddy will flee because of actions of others related to the case. The prosecutor said (paraphrasing): “Every day that goes on in this investigation, I am keenly aware of the fact that there are two other people in custody and that weighs heavily on my conscience, and the sooner we can bring this to indictments the sooner this will be over. This investigation is nearing its end and the longer we put things off with postponements the harder it is for us to move forward.” The judge said (paraphrase) “you make it seem like convincing this one witness to talk will bring this investigation to indictments. Do you have evidence to indicate that?” Prosecutor said “no I don’t.” Judge said “I don’t care what other people are doing, Maddy has shown up for every court date on time, I have no reason to believe Maddy is a flight risk.”

 

Remember, THE STATE is the body keeping Matt and KteeO in prison. Their feigned concern for Matt and KteeO is bullshit; if the state actually cared about Matt and KteeO, they could release them now (and all other prisoners while they’re at it).

“Anon-ops telcom division” does a DOS of the USDA office

crow-communiqueReceived anonymously:

“Dear Grand Jury Resisters,

Since last time we trained a bunch of crows to DOS the phone lines of the
USDA and we found this postcard in our mail box. Checking our accounts it
looks like the telco provider that was unwittingly routing thier attack got
wise and shut them down early. Don’t worry all crows are safe cause pigs
can’t fly! Our hearts and the hearts of all our brave feathered friends go
out to Maddy, Kteeo, Matt and everyone else who is being harrassed and
hunted by the state as a result of the pacific northwest grandjury.

Flying the bird with lulz at the responding sysadmins at the Seattle USDA
office today,
Anon-ops telcom division”

Grand Jury Resister Maddy Pfeiffer ordered to turn self in to prison on December 26th

maddy photo 1_largeMaddy Pfeiffer was steadfast in their refusal to cooperate with the federal witch-hunt against Pacific Northwest anarchists. They found guilt of civil contempt and will be sent to prison on December 26th for being unwilling to give any information about the people they know or the politics they hold. It is possible that Pfeiffer will be held until March of 2014.

In an earlier statement, the Committee Against Political Repression wrote:

“The state is trying to use broken windows as a reason to ruin people’s 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.”

Currently a federal grand jury in Seattle is purportedly investigating the May Day protests, but it is widely decried as a witch hunt due to its focus only on the anarchist movement. Maddy will be joining KteeO Olejnik and Matt Duran who are in prison for their own dedication to their principles and refusal to provide information to an investigative body that they view as invalid. Both Oljnik and Duran remain strong in their resolve and appreciate the outpouring of support they have received from around the world.

Hundreds of supporters called and emailed District Judge Richard A Jones yesterday demanding an end to the grand jury investigation targeting people based on their political beliefs and the release of all those being held in contempt.

Support Maddy! Call and Email Judge Jones

On Friday, December 14th at 1 pm, Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer, of Olympia will go before Judge Richard Jones. Jones will decided whether Maddy will be locked away in Seattle Federal prison, like Kteeo Olejnik and Matt Duran, for refusing to speak to the grand jury.

maddy photo 22_largeWe are asking all supporters to email and call Judge Richard Jones on Friday, December 14th to demand an end to the grand jury and the release of all those subpoenaed.

1) Email Judge Jones the email below or something similar to jonesorders@wawd.uscourts.gov

2) Call Judge Jones at (206) 370-8870.

Below is a script to follow when you call.

“Hello my name is Miguel Gomez, and I just sent email asking that you not charge Matthew Pfeiffer with contempt, release Matt Duran, and Kteeo Olejnik from prison and end the investigation. It is clear that the US Attorney’s office is persecuting political dissent. It is despicable that the US Attorney and the FBI are harassing and intimating people for their political beliefs. I demand that you release everyone you have declared in contempt so far and force US attorney Jenny Durkan to end the investigation. Thank you for your time.”

If someone answers the phone and tries to put you through to voicemail, insist that they take your message instead of putting you through to voicemail.

3) Please send CAPR a message at nopoliticalrepression@gmail.com, to let us know that you sent the message and what response you received when you called.

Email message:

End the Grand Jury Investigation of the Anarchist Movement

(Email Petition)

To: Judge Richard Jones

Seattle, Washington

jonesorders@wawd.uscourts.gov

Honorable Judge Jones:

I am writing to add my voice to the hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals who have telephoned you, written and signed declarations, and demonstrated in cities around the country demanding that Matthew Pfeiffer not be held in contempt, the release of Kteeo Olejnik and Matt Duran from prison and end to the grand jury witch-hunt of anarchists and aligned activists in the Pacific Northwest.

This case clearly shows that the US Attorney’s office is persecuting political dissent. It is despicable that the US Attorney and the FBI are harassing and intimating this group of people for their political beliefs. I demand that the grand jury investigation be ended immediately, that the governments repression of social movements stop, that those jailed for their refusal to testify be released, and that any items seized in the raids be returned to their rightful owners.

signed,

New Year’s Eve Jail Solidarity Noise Demo

noise demoThis New Year’s Eve join us for a noise demonstration outside the SeaTac Federal Detention Center. This is in response to the international call-out for noise demos and other actions against prisons, jails, and detention centers on New Year’s Eve.

Bring banners, loud noise-makers, pots and pans, sound systems, flyers, and whatever else could be useful. Please send this announcement to listserves and invite your friends.

Matt and Kteeo have been locked away inside the Detention Center since September 13 and September 27, respectively, for refusing to cooperate with a secret federal Grand Jury investigation targeting anarchists in the Pacific Northwest. It is likely that Maddy Pfeiffer will be joining them on December 14th.

Noise demonstrations are meant to break the isolation of prison by breaking through the walls with the sounds of solidarity. In a very real way, this small gesture can remind those on the inside that they are not alone and that there are many of us out here who are fighting alongside them. Like other solidarity actions, this noise demo is meant to strengthen the resolve of the defiant, courageous rebels the state is trying to coerce into participating in their strategy of repression.

Original call-out for New Year’s Eve noise demos: http://anarchistnews.org/content/new-years-eve-international-anti-prison-demos-actions

DIRECTIONS:

FDC SEATAC
FEDERAL DETENTION CENTER
2425 SOUTH 200TH STREET
SEATTLE, WA 98198

FDC SeaTac is located 12 miles south of Seattle and 16 miles north of Tacoma, 1 mile west of Interstate 5 (200th Street exit). It is several blocks south of the SeaTac Airport.

Driving:

From Seattle: Take Exit 151 for Military Rd toward S 200th St

From Portland/Olympia/Tacoma: Take Exit 149B to merge onto WA-516 W/S Kent Des Moines Rd twrd Des Moines – slight R toward WA-99 N – turn R onto WA-99 N- Turn L onto S 200th St

Busing:

From (downtown) Seattle: Take the LINK light rail to the Tukwila Station-Walk to Tukwila Blvd Station- Take the A Line Bus toward Federal Way TC, International Blvd-Get off at International Blvd & 200th-Walk to FDC SeaTac

OR take the 124 from 3rd Ave & Columbia and follow the same steps as above.

From Olympia: Take the 620 toward Tacoma Mall-Get off at SR 512-Take the 574 toward SeaTac- Get off at International Blvd & 188th-Walk to FDC SeaTac

SARC Stands In Solidarity With May Day 5

SARC
Seattle Anti-Repression Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: sarc_contact@riseup.net

Phone: 216.236.4680

December 2nd, 2012. Local activists and organizers are dismayed to learn that Seattle Police Department, seven months after the events of May 1st, have chosen to file charges against five individuals in the Seattle area in connection with the protests and festival that took place celebrating International Worker’s Day.

The latest wave of indictments must be understood as the latest in an ongoing series of legal harassment of Occupy Seattle participants and organizers, whose lives have been disastrously affected by legal battles even as the courts have dismissed the SPD’s charges: the Union Cultural Center occupation (all 16 acquitted), the “Chase 5″ (acquitted), the June 29/QFQ 3 (charges dropped), the arrestees of October 5th (6 of 8 acquitted, 2 in process), the three previous arrests for May Day (charges dropped), among many others. Whatever the outcome of these indictments, the intent is clear – harassment and exhaustion of a social movement which, at last count, still polled more popular than congress

Concerned residents of Seattle are dedicated to keeping our comrades out of the hands of the state. These charges are the latest in a series of actions undertaken by law enforcement in order to intimidate and suppress radical political activities in Seattle. In response, we have come together to form the Seattle Anti-Repression Committee, which will be engaging in direct support for the defendants as their court cases progress.

The May Day Five have their first court date on Monday, December 3rd, 2012. SARC and other supporters will be there, and we encourage all to support these individuals in their resistance against political repression. Stand with us in condemnation of a culture of harassment and intimidation.

For further background information, please see the expanded solidarity statement below.

SARC SOLIDARITY STATEMENT


On May 1st, 2012, Decolonize/Occupy Seattle and numerous groups organized a day-long festival in Westlake park to celebrate International Worker’s Day. Demonstrations that took place that day included an anti capitalist march around downtown, and an “Honor the Dead, Fight for the living” march to the John T Williams totem pole in Seattle Center. Now, five people are being charged with actions that took place on May Day.  With charges ranging from “Riot” to “Malicious Mischief,” the persons accused face the possibility of many months in prison.

Nearly seven months after May 1st, the task force investigation around May Day has absorbed public resources and attention far beyond the cost and impact of any property destruction that occurred during events on that day. The SPD has spent countless resources, including a seven-month long task force, many paid officer hours, detailed surveillance and two house raids to gather evidence of “anarchist activities.” The evidence they procured consists of T-shirts, bandanas and “anarchist” reading materials.

The political nature of these recent charges cannot be separated from the perceived goals of the Federal Grand Jury investigations taking place in the Northwest. These charges are part of a larger trend attempting to stifle a large and vital movement that has erupted over the past year in response to the economic crises leading to lowered income, overworked hours and rising costs, as well as the increased deportations and incarcerations of people of color.

Additionally, it is important to remember the history of May Day as a day to commemorate workers martyred in their struggle to establish the eight hour work day and other key labor goals. In 1886, in response to cross-sector union strikes and demands for a five-day work week, the police massacred workers while the state executed anarchists who were deemed organizers. Resistance to unjust working conditions and the poverty of life is an important legacy of May Day. Yet, as the Seattle Police Department has demonstrated, so is police brutality and scapegoating of anarchists.

Within this historical and present context, it is quite clear to SARC and other concerned people across the country that SPD, other law enforcement, and the government in general are engaging in broad and brutal tactics in order to repress ideologies that threaten their power. These agencies prefer to imprison people on nebulous charges in a frantic effort to defend the rights of windows. SARC places people over property and rejects the legitimacy of these charges, We take a stand against the repression of political speech which we see as an effort to silence those angered by experiences of oppression. We say NO to state repression and we stand with those charged in resisting the state’s attempts at intimidation and imprisonment.

True freedom and actual liberation means the freedom to express one’s political beliefs without fear of harassment and incarceration. We will be engaging in support for those charged, and we encourage the people of Seattle and around the globe in rejecting the violence and oppression of the state.

In solidarity with those targeted by Seattle Police Department and other law enforcement,

SARC
Seattle Anti-Repression Committee