Monthly Archives: December 2012

No God No Master film screening, benefit for NW grand jury resisters

“No God, No Master” benefit screening for NW Grand Jury Resisters at The Olympia Film Society

Sunday December 9th, Doors at 7pm, screening at 7:30, Suggested donation $5-15 dollars, Special one time screening – no passes

Benefit Screening to support the imprisoned Northwest Grand Jury Resistors: KteeO Olejnik and Matt Duran. Benefit screening sponsored by The Reef.

Director Terry Green will be doing a Q&A via skype along with Pete Bohmer, faculty at the Evergreen State College.

In the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn (played by David Strathairn in what Stony Brook Press calls “…his best performance since his 2005 portrayal of Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck…”) is quickly immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot to destroy democracy, setting the stage for a timely drama with resoundingly similar parallels to the contemporary War On Terrorism. With a cast of characters ranging from Emma Goldman, Sacco and Vanzetti to John D. Rockerfeller and J. Edgar Hoover. “No God, No Master” presents a gritty but beautifully rendered period piece set in the early 20th century that is an eerie parallel to the war on political outsiders and immigrants that is going on today.

“Emotionally persuasive performances, atmospherically evocative, cogent storytelling on a shoesting” says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. This on-screen chapter out of American Anarchist history will have a Q and A via Skype Director Terry Green to answer your questions. In a recent interview he noted that ‘The disintegration of civil liberties during times of social unrest is nothing new in America.’

This screening is a benefit to support the Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resistors. All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting those imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with the Grand Juries that are convening in Seattle. There will be an information table and additional speakers at the screening.

Support Brittany Kenville: Bay Area grand jury resister

Brittany Kenville was subpoenaed to the grand jury in California investigation animal liberation activity. Here is her public statement:

My name is Brittany Kenville. I have been subpoenaed as a witness to the grand jury convened in San Francisco in relation to events that took place in Santa Cruz, California in 2008.  Grand juries exist to determine whether there is enough evidence for a person or persons to be indicted. Subpoenas are used to force the appearance at grand juries by anyone the prosecution feels may provide evidence in support of their case.

Grand juries operate in secrecy, and witnesses who choose to testify are not allowed to have a lawyer present when doing so. In cases like this, grand juries are used as a tool to strike fear in and intimidate activists, and also to neutralize them from action. They spread seeds of mistrust throughout activist movements, and they operate under the assumption that people in activist communities are inherently guilty by association. I am adamantly opposed to these proceedings.  I believe that they are unjust and an appalling misuse of prosecutorial power. Using grand juries to harass activist communities does not serve justice, it is simply a means of political repression.

I have been working with an attorney, and I plan on exercising every right that I have in response to my subpoena. I have the complete, unfaltering support of my family, my friends and my fellow activists. I encourage anyone else who is subpoenaed to reach out, seek counsel, do research, and learn your rights in these proceedings. I hope everyone reading this will learn more about the grand jury system and join me in standing up against its use as a tool of harassment.

In solidarity,  Brittany Kenville

Please support Brittany! Visit her support website to read updates on her case and donate to her legal fund. You can also buy awesome “Don’t Speak” benefit shirts here.