Maddy 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
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!
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)
Gembrokers (Santa Cruz Magic Folk)
Underground Reverie (Seattle Anarchist Instrumental Hip Hop)
DJ River Grimm (Seattle Dancy Dub)
Wicked Man (Santa Cruz Soul Folk)
We thought folks might want to read Brendan Kiley’s most recent article on Matt and Kteeo. Here it is.
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.
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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).
Maddy 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.