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Solidarity Against Anti-Activist Raids and Grand Juries

Posted 2 years ago on July 28, 2012, 12:50 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

don't talk to the FBI

via the Committee Against Political Repression:

On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. They subpoenaed several people to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers, black clothing and anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in Seattle in July and earlier raids of squats in Portland.

Though the FBI has said that the raids are part of a violent crime investigation, the truth is that the federal authorities are conducting a political witch-hunt against anarchists and others working toward a more just, free, and equal society. The warrants served specifically listed anarchist literature as evidence to be seized, pointing to the fact that the FBI and police are targeting this group of people because of their political ideas. Pure and simple, these raids and the grand jury hearings are being used to intimidate people whose politics oppose the state’s agenda. During a time of growing economic and ecological crises that are broadly affecting people across the world, it is an attempt to push back any movement towards creating a world that is humane, one that meets every person’s needs rather than serving only the interests of the rich.

This attack does not occur in a vacuum. Around the country and around the world, people have been rising up and resisting an economic system that puts the endless pursuit of profit ahead of the basic needs of humanity and the Earth. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement to now Anaheim, people are taking to the streets. In each of these cases, the state has responded with brutal political repression. This is not a coincidence. It is a long-term strategy by state agencies to stop legitimate political challenges to a status quo that exploits most of the world’s people.

We, the undersigned, condemn this and all other political repression. While we may have differences in ideology or chose to use different tactics, we understand that we are in a shared struggle to create a just, free, and liberated world, and that we can only do this if we stand together. We will not let scare tactics or smear campaigns divide us, intimidate us, or stop us from organizing and working for a better world.

No more witch-hunts! An injury to one is an injury to all.

Signed:
Committee Against Political Repression
Freedom Archives
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
We Are Oregon
Portland Jobs with Justice
Rose City Cop Watch
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
Red Spark (Kasama)
Repeal Coalition
1st of May Anarchist Alliance
Connect the Dots
Oregon Jericho
Parasol Climate Collective
Portland Anarchist Black Cross
Right to Survive
Right to Dream 2
Rosehips Medic Collective
Communities United Against Police Brutality
The Radical Anti-Capitalist Caucus, of Occupy Portland
Students on Strike Organizing Committee
Autonomous Workers’ Group
Occupy Oakland Anti Repression Committee
Oakland Occupy Patriarchy
Oakland Occupy Legal
East Bay Solidarity Network
Portland Animal Defense League
Cascadians Against War
PDX Bike Swarm
Northbay Movement for a Democratic Society
Solano Peace and Justice Coalition
Solano Peace and Freedom Party
Northbay Uprising Radio Collective
MN Anti-War Committee
Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community
Redwood Curtain CopWatch
Occupy Eureka
Arizona Prison Watch
All Power to the Positive podcast
Justice for Palestinians, San Jose, CA
OccupyLV
Culture of Resistance
Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan
Blazing Arrow Organization
Portland International Socialist Organization
Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror
The Portland World Citizens’ United Front
The Wild Poppies Collective
Everglades Earth First!
The Center For A Stateless Society
Black Orchid Collective
Hella503 collective
Portland Rising Tide
Laughing Horse Book and Film Collective
Occupy 4 Prisoners, Oakland
Night Heron Grassroots Activist Center
Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition
New York Taskforce for Political Prisoners
The North American Anarchist Studies Network
submedia.tv
Cleveland 4 Support Group
Freedom Socialist Party
Socialist Action
Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County
Justice for Randy L. Dixon Rivera & Family
Peace Resource Center
Occupy Washington DC
Occupy Peace House DC
BDS LA for Justice in Palestine
The American Iranian Friendship Committee
NYC Jericho Movement
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee, NYC Chapter
New Direction Fest
Socialist Viewpoint Magazine
Bay Area United Against War Newsletter
Al-Nakba Awareness Project
Social Democrats
USA-Socialist Party, USA
The Young Social Democrats-Young Peoples’ Socialist League
Alliance for Global Justice
Nicaragua Network
Campaign for Labor Rights
New York City Labor Against the War
Labor for Palestine
Libertalia Autonomous Space
Community Futures Collective
The International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Workers World Party
International Action Center
East Bay Saturday Dialogues
Soa Watch South Florida
Socialist Viewpoint
#OPDX
WORKERS ACTION
Occupy Kalamazoo
Good Morning Revolution
Wandering Llama Press
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Occupy Denver
Citizens Against Corruption
Mutant Legal Collective NYC
The Northampton (MA) Committee to Stop the Wars
South Chicago ABC Zine Distro
Defending Dissent Foundation
Occupy Seattle Street Medics
Vashon Women In Black
Veterans For Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter 132
Organic Consumers Association
World Can’t Wait
Internationalist Prison Books Collective
Collective A-GoGo
Alliance of the Libertarian Left of New England
Earth First! Prisoner Support Project
The Mineapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) Collective
Wensday Media Distro
The Alice Committee
Liberty Tree Foundation
Grand Jury Resistance Project
Alliance for Peace and Justice of Western Massachusetts
Welfare Rights Committee (Mpls/St. Paul, MN)
Socialist Organizer
Occupy LCC (Lane Community College)
Phoenix Class War Council
The Wingnut Anarchist Collective
Richmond Copwatch
the ART lab
The People’s Tribunal (SF Bay Area)
San Jose Peace & Justice Center
Citizens for Legitimate Government
New York Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition
Unite Left Review
Anarchy-1 radio
Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement
Queers Without Borders
Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget
Charm City Anarchist Black Cross
Blue Heron Infoshop
Portland Books to Prisoners
Moveon Desert Council
Progressive Democrats Of America Desert Chapter
Ocv
Occupy Colorado Springs
Support Vegans in the Prison System
Denver Anarchist Black Cross
Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee Local 14
Decolonize PDX
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City
Seattle Communist Study Group
Our World In Depth
Grupo El Heraldo
The Portland Solidarity Network
Portland IWW
Workers Solidarity Alliance
Occupy New Haven
NYC Anarchist Black Cross
Pilipino Association of Workers and Immigrants
CODEPINK LI, Women for Peace
OccupyWallSt.org
News and Letters Committees
MN Peace Action Coalition
Progressive Global Commons
Communities For Justice And Peace
Peace Action of San Mateo County
Fighting Union Caucus-Iowa
No Biomass Burn (Washington State)
Girl Army Self Defense
People of Faith CT
The Phoenix Commune
Modesto Anarcho Crew
May 1st Coalition 4 Worker & Immigrant Rights
occupy syracuse
Oakland Occubus Committee
Oakland Assembly of Unemployed
NATO 5 Support Committee
South Bay Committee Against Political Repression
CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm
our developing world
American Muslims for Palestine
People’s Community Medics
Responsible Marijuana Project
Austin Prisoner Support
CT-ABC
Teamster Defense Guard
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights
Prison Activist Resource Center
Cascadia Earth First
The Purple Thistle Centre
SOAW-LA
Burning Books
The MOVE Organization
Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Chicago Committee Against Political Repression
International Action Center
Olympia Students for a Democratic Society
Seattle Young People’s Project
Seattle Copwatch
Bayou La Rose
October 22 Coalition To Stop Police Brutality – Seattle Affiliate
AK Press
Third coast conspiracy
opdxlive.org- the occupy portland livestream team
Common Struggle Libertarian Communist Federation
National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms
International Action Center Seattle
Austin People’s Legal Collective
Occupy Together
Steampunk Magazine
Combustion Books
Berkeley Copwatch
Edmonton anarchist bookfair collective
No Nukes Action Committee
The Holdout
the 4th CD/St. Paul Green Party
Food For Thought Cafe
Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR)
Peacemakers of Schoharie County, New York
Kaua`i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice
Seattle United Against FBI Repression
International Solidarity Movement – Northern California
Free Palestine Movement
Action for the Earth
The Mike Cannon Show
The Red & Black Collective
The Crooked Bough blog
Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice
Portland State University Students for Unity
The Flying Brick Library
GLITUR, the Grand Legion of Incendiary and Tenacious Unicorn Revolutionaries
Radical Women
Resistance PHL
Wild Rose Collective
Winnipeg Copwatch
Philly Stands Up! Collective
Seattle chapter of the International Socialist Organization
68’ anarchist collective
#MicCheckWallS
Portland chapter of Anti-Racist Action
Occupy Corvallis
The JED Collective, Greene Maine
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism — Corvallis Chapter
Food Fight! Grocery
Red Bird Prison Abolition
Women Against Military Madness
Snitch Watch
AFFECT
Four Star Anarchist Organization

To add your group’s name to the solidarity statement, please email: nopoliticalrepression@gmail.com

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[-] 5 points by DKAtoday (28124) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

American police actions against legal protesters is getting world wide attention as well as world wide condemnation - as illegal acts of repressive government and as violations of international law.

The Powers That Be in the governmental structures of the USA are becoming recognized as the hypocrites that they are as well as the criminals that they are.

Do as I say and not as I do - ( USA policy ) - becoming very well exposed for the whole world to see.

[-] 3 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

whoops

the F.B.I. are supposed to be good guys

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

don't they realize the government has credibility problems

[-] 2 points by nighttrain54 (5) 2 years ago

Thanks to all out there involved in the Occupy Movement . Long live the movement down with the Corporate fascist .

[-] 2 points by Toynbee (656) from Savannah, GA 2 years ago
  • Wait! Stop the music.

  • These evil-doers are reading literature?

  • That is the evidence?

  • Don't like their political ideas?

  • We live in a time of growing crisis, both conomic and ecological

  • It seems that if the powers that be were as interested in protecting a citizen's right to petition the government to redress grievances as it is to make sure people can have any and all the weapons they want . . . and if those "representatives" actually represented and listened to those citizens, maybe it would be a better place.

[-] 1 points by Odin (583) 2 years ago

One day in the not to distant future, these victims of political oppression will be viewed as heroes by a grateful nation. Solidarity.

[-] 1 points by craiggi (12) 2 years ago

"Re-Model the World" (copyright 2012 all rights reserved)

[-] 1 points by qwkslvr (1) 2 years ago

What about signing anything, whether arrested or not?

[-] 1 points by jrhirsch (4714) from Sun City, CA 2 years ago

Marching under the banner of Occupy does not justify any subgroup's actions any more than any federal government agency's actions are justified done under the banner of the American flag.

Black bloc and similar groups that use violent confrontation, and property destruction, under the deceptive title "diversity of tactics", are a clear violation of the non violent methods embraced by the majority in Occupy and should not be supported.

I will not stand with or support any group that calls for "a just, free, and liberated world" but uses unjust, violent, and tyrannical methods to attain it, no matter which banner they fly.

[-] 0 points by BlueGuy (0) 2 years ago
  1. I don't know what world you live in but we as Americans are not being oppressed, unless of course it was something you did.
  2. I have no idea how you assign corporations to a dictatorship
  3. Believe it or not but corporations provide you with things you use everyday.
  4. Causing riots will not benefit our country, the gov't knows that we have economic problems. It's kinda their job
  5. Stop pretending to be victims when you live in a great country like America. Go to a country where there is an actual dictator and then you can be a victim and complain.
  6. There will always be inequality in levels of income

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[-] 0 points by Nevada1 (4650) 2 years ago

Thanks to all these people, standing against the corporation/elite/dictatorship.

[-] 0 points by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV 2 years ago

So the American gestapo can raid one's home, detain the person, perhaps even arrest him/her as a terrorist simply because of ideology, assorted reading material, and various suspicious items of clothing. I want to hear that refrain again: land of the free, if one agrees with the ruling class.

Oh, partisans of whatever sort, repeat how your favored candidate will make a difference.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28124) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I wonder - can retailers be held for questioning (?) if they sell items of clothing that are black? Wait a minute - Is wallfart a supporter of Black bloc? Who knew? Will the Waltons be disappeared?

[-] 0 points by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV 2 years ago

Oh, no, not Walmart; that's definitely 1%: the nation's largest exploiter, er, employer outside of the federal government.

Those minimum-wage people don't know how to handle their money. Otherwise they'd be on the big rock candy mountain drinking from the lemonade spring.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28124) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

I owe my soul to the company store.

[-] 1 points by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV 2 years ago

Sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt...

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (28124) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

How times have changed ( NOT ) - ( well kinda ) - ( problem is ) - ( now the world is being run like the company store by corpoRATs ) {:-(

Ever see night of the living dead? Replace the zombies with corpoRATists - still did not change anything in the movie - Hey?

[-] 2 points by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV 2 years ago

My family came from Spencer, West Virginia--right in the heart of Appalachia. People are the same, only the surroundings have changed. Two classes have populated our society since the Industrial Age gripped America: the exploiters and the exploited.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (28124) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Sounds like - long past time for a change.

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[-] -1 points by sufinaga (513) 2 years ago

great to see your list of groups committed to the cause of LIBERATION. i am delighted to see there are no corporate faith groups subverting the truth. we need to apply the same impeccable standards throughout OWS. any groups NOT on this list CANNOT be trusted!