State repression is designed to make us believe that the price we pay for our political actions will be too high, that we should be willing to snitch on our friends and communities, and that we are better off not resisting in the first place. But the actions of the grand jury resistors in the Northwest, and the rich history of grand jury resistors and political prisoners that have come before them, demonstrates that we have the opportunity to turn moments of repression into moments of resistance. By showing our solidarity and unwavering support for those that refuse to cooperate with the state we can continue our work of building strong, resilient, and supportive communities that care for each other in moments of crisis. This solidarity helps lay the groundwork for strong movements that can continue the centuries of struggle against capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy. Support the grand jury resistors, and fight repression in all its forms!
Sarah Small is a member of the Wild Poppies Collective, a Philadelphia-based anti-imperialist group that works to end state repression and the prison industrial complex. She is also a founding member of Decarcerate PA, a campaign to stop the expansion of Pennsylvania’s prison system.