In the last five years, we have witnessed a disturbing trend: the use of FBI “raids” and grand jury investigations to suppress political dissent. This trend is accompanied by the criminalization of basic civil liberties, as well as the vilification of anarchists and other radical activists. What is happening in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle seems like a continuation of this trend, as authorities drag activists in front of grand juries and deny them basic rights. Refusal to comply with these tactics seems like a reasonable stance as people fight against the criminalization of dissent.
Dr. Luis A. Fernandez
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Northern Arizona University