Support imprisoned NYC grand jury resister Jerry Koch!

UPDATE: Jerry has been transfered.  New address below.

Gerald “Jerry” Koch, a New York City anarchist and legal activist, has been subpoenaed for the second time to a federal grand jury in New York investigating the same event. He was found in contempt of court on May 21, 2013, and is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, NY.

WRITE TO JERRY

Gerald Koch #68631-054
MCC NEW YORK
METROPOLITAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER
150 PARK ROW
NEW YORK, NY 10007

Letter writing guidelines

Jerry is in immediate need of letters, cards, and photographs. He is currently being held in the special housing unit and, as far as we know, at this time has no access to his commissary. He needs our support and our strength as a community.

In 2009, Jerry was subpoenaed for the first time and refused to testify. Today, as in 2009, the grand jury is being used to conduct a witch hunt against anarchists and political radicals. In refusing to testify, Jerry risks being held in contempt of court and faces incarceration in a federal prison for the duration of the grand jury, which could be up to 18 months.

Under the guise of an exploratory legal investigation, the grand jury is a secretive tool of repression that aims to intimidate and punish those who refuse to collaborate with the State. There is a long history of grand juries being used whenever the State focuses on a new “enemy”: they were used in the 1950s during the “Red Scare,” in the 1960s against the Black Panthers, and more recently against environmental and animal rights groups in what became known as the “Green Scare.”

This grand jury, like the ongoing targeting of anarchists in the Pacific Northwest, is part of a new, escalating wave of repression against anarchists nationwide, who are being persecuted specifically for their political beliefs and practices. It is no coincidence that the government would try to silence Jerry, as he has been an effective and tireless legal advocate for anarchists, Occupy Wall Street protesters, and others expressing political dissent. Jerry was the person everyone could count on to be waiting for them outside of jail, to support them in the courtroom, and to help with their legal defense. Although Jerry knew he would be in the crosshairs of the State for providing much needed legal support to hundreds of political activists, no one expected that the state would retaliate with a second subpoena. It is clear that the State’s goal is not just to pressure Jerry into informing on the radical community, but to take away someone who is an integral part of our community–someone who makes us all stronger.

By refusing to collaborate with the grand jury once again, Jerry demonstrates his great personal integrity, commitment, and support for the radical community. It is now our turn to stand by Jerry and show him the support and solidarity he deserves. It is time to send a message that, no matter how many times they come after us, we, like Jerry, will refuse to cooperate and to bargain for our freedom at the expense of our friends’ liberty.

Check out Jerry Resists for ongoing updates on his case, and to donate money or buy a sweet “Fuck A Grand Jury” shirt.

Upcoming court dates for May Day 2013 arrestees

From PSA

16 people in Seattle are still facing charges from May Day 2013. At least four of those people are facing felonies. Two of these people are still in jail and one is facing serious jail time as a result of prior convictions. A lot of people have court dates coming up and while it will be difficult to ‘pack the court’ for all of them, it is important that at the very least a few folks show up to show support for those arrested each time there is a court date. This page will be updated periodically as new information and new court dates arise.

Be aware that the Seattle Pigs say that they are working “feverishly” to identify further May Day suspects. You will be expected to show a state-issued ID card and will not be allowed to bring weapons (pocket-knives even), cell phones, or any other kind of sketchy material into the courthouse. If there is any reason you suspect that there may be pictures of you committing a crime on May Day and you did not properly conceal your identity, it may be worth considering not coming to the courthouse. Solidarity can be given in many different ways.

Dates:

May 20th @ 8:30 AM
Seattle Superior Court
516 3rd Ave RM E1201

May 23rd @ 9:30 AM
Seattle Municipal Court
600 5th Ave RM 1102

May 28th @ 9AM
Seattle Municipal Court
600 5th Ave RM 1002

May 29th @ 1:00 PM
Seattle Superior Court
516 3rd Ave RM E1201

May 30th @ Time TBA
Seattle Superior Court
516 3rd Ave RM E1201

June 3rd @ 10 AM
Seattle Municipal Court
600 5th Ave
3 people in 3 Different court rooms at the same time 1002, 1001, & 1101

June 25th @ time TBA
Seattle Superior Court
516 3rd Ave RM E1201

Repression has entered a new phase

Reposted from Say Nothing

This site has dedicated itself to spreading a non-cooperative attitude and practice towards the federal grand jury which currently investigates anarchists in the Pacific Northwest. This remains true, but the scope of what we are dealing with here has grown. Non-cooperation must extend beyond the grand jury room to every place the cops show up.

By subpoenaing individuals to the grand jury, the feds were specifically targeting people they believed (wrongly or not) knew about the individuals who allegedly traveled to Seattle from Portland, allegedly via Olympia, allegedly to attack the federal courthouse. They intended two things: to get information regarding those people, and to create snitches.

Their new strategy still embraces those goals, but also broadens their intimidation to include those whose associations are third or fourth-degree from possible rioters. They want to wedge apart anarchists and those who are sympathetic to their aims.

Some facts about the recent feds’ visits:

  • They flashed a lot of resources. The feds appeared simultaneously in 3 or 4 cities (Portland, Olympia and Seattle, and probably Vancouver) as well as some rural places around the region. They appeared in groups as large as 6-8.
  • They visited around 10 houses in Olympia, and several other locations for a total of perhaps 20 contacts in Olympia. They visited at least one but reportedly as many as 3 different homeless youth service organizations in Seattle, in addition to an anarchist bookstore. They harassed a handful of people in Seattle quite intensely. Several people in Portland were visited, and reports suggest some people in Vancouver, BC were visited.
  • At one house, the feds knocked and someone answered the door. Once the door was open, the feds muscled their way into the house, intimidating residents and asking questions.
  • The US Marshals are involved. Marshals track, arrest, and transport people. They also serve subpoenas, and had served at least one subpoena last year related to May Day 2012.
  • The scope of their contacts has greatly increased. They are not focused on anarchists and activists: now they target artists, hipsters, and show spaces.
  • They showed lists of names and series of photos. They said things along the lines of, “Here is a photo of someone unmasked. Here is a photo of someone masked up. Is it the same person? What is their name?”

Their goal was to prevent May Day 2013 from being a riotous affair. We have seen that, in spite of their attempts, rage spilled over in Seattle on May 1st and numerous windows were broken and police were injured. #fbifail

Beyond May Day 2013, they were trying to continue their investigation into May Day 2012. By fishing broadly through subcultural milieus, they hoped to get pieces of information that would lead them to others who would give them more information which they could leverage against yet other people, eventually working their way back in to prosecute those they believe smashed their stupid little courthouse, prosecuting any other crimes they uncover in their process.

Broadly, it seems that people refused to cooperate. Some people talked with the feds. It is worth reiterating again: answer absolutely no questions that the feds ask you. You do not have to acknowledge knowing anyone. You do not have to name people in photographs. You do not have to compare photographs. You do not have to wipe their asses. You do not even have to provide them toilet paper. All you have to do is tell them that you won’t speak to them, and close the door or walk away.

Stay free & wild! Someone submitted these tips to PSA.

Kris Hermes article on Grand Juries

Kris Hermes, co-founder of the Grand Jury Resistance Project, recently wrote an article on the use of Grand Juries at Political Counterintelligence. You can read the article here.

Multiple houses in Olympia and Seattle visited by the FBI this morning

At least 2 houses in Olympia and 2 in Seattle were visited this morning by the FBI, looking for a few different people. At least one of the people is being sought because the FBI wants to interview them about May Day/ black bloc. At this point it is unclear whether there are subpoenas for either of the people the FBI is looking for, or whether they’re trying a more informal approach.

If the FBI comes to your house or stops you on the street you don’t have to talk to them. If they give you a subpoena, don’t talk to them – call your lawyer or the NLG. Shut the door in their faces or walk away. It is never a good idea to talk to the FBI. Instead, call the National Lawyers’ Guild immediately at (888) 654-3265.

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Know Your Rights Training on April 27th

know your rights UPDATED SPANISH

Check out the facebook event page here!

Maddy Pfeiffer has been released from prison!!

As of 7pm last night, April 11th, grand jury resister Maddy Pfeiffer is free! Welcome home, Maddy!

More information will be released as it comes to us.