Our Passion for Freedom is Stronger than the State’s Prisons

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 anarchists.

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: https://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.

16 responses to “Our Passion for Freedom is Stronger than the State’s Prisons

  1. Love you guys! You are awesome!

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  3. Dont know you guys but support you to the fullest. Thanks for the inspirational words.

  4. All my support!

  5. Reblogged this on Travel by Map and commented:
    Update from those subpoenaed in Portland. “But our passion for freedom is stronger than the state’s prisons.”

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  8. Be strong. We here in Portland are with you in spirit. And, who knows, may be with you in person soon.

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  11. Best wishes for your stand against government oppression.

  12. Solidarity from Aotearoa/ New Zealand. A million, billion communities are more resilient than a few hundred corporate-states. That’s why the states try to isolate and pick off individuals like yourself. Your courage in resistance is an inspiration to all those who love freedom.

  13. I love you. Keep on fighting the good fight my brother and sister

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  15. The South East stands with you three. We will not be swayed in our views by these tactics, indeed our bonds are now stronger, strengthening with each blow. Best of luck you beautiful people.

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