Two people who would look way less cute in orange jumpsuits. Solidarity maybe?
I’m going to post this again because I’m really serious. Both of the subpoena’d individuals (Leah and Matt) have been given “immunity” which means if they refuse to testify (which they will) then they will be sent to jail. Both are sitting in their homes tonight knowing they will spend tomorrow night in prison, for nothing, having committed no crimes, with no reason for the state to have targeted them besides their politics, black clothing in their homes, and literature that the state is threatened by. This is a disgrace. THIS IS SHAMEFUL. This is total. fucking. bullshit. If all you can do if fax, please do that (if you are reading this, you have internet, you can definitely fax) and if you are able please go to Seattle tomorrow and show your support. Dress for court and go into the contempt hearings, as they are not secret and closed (the grand jury is.) This could be anyone with beliefs that are deemed “dangerous”… this could be Canada in an instant. We must resist this insanity now, with all our might. Please do what you can. Please encourage others to do the same.
National Fax in Day Against the Grand Jury (Wed, Sept 12th)
Rally at the Courthouse in Seattle (Thur, Sept 13th)
Solidarity Against State Repression at City Hall in Minneapolis (Thur, Sept 13th)
Stand in Solidarity with Grand Jury Resistors in Portland (Thur, Sept 13th)
I am sad and OUTRAGED to report that both of these innocent and unfairly targeted individuals are presently in contempt trials that SHOULD be open to the public, but for reasons unknown were closed and made private. The entire floor of the courthouse has been closed to the public, so the hundreds of supporters who were waiting outside, in court appropriate clothing, with photo ID, with a message of “not on our watch” and “not to our community” were shut out of the process again.
Why is the government afraid of it’s people? The very people it claims to serve? What is so frightening about accountability? If there is nothing illegal happening; nothing unjust; why bar us from witnessing their choices? Why close the doors to us when they are prosecuting one of our own? Why keep secret their actions, their rational, their decisions and the processes that bring them about?
Could it be that they know that if we see their fear, their desperate and malicious attempts to silence the voices of dissenters—if we are able to look into the corrupt faces of those judges and prosecuting attorneys that we may see the exact contempt for the law and justice that they claim these two individuals have partaken in. Could it be that they know we will see the real enemy of the people; the real threat to the safety and security of our future if we are allowed to see them sentence two innocent individuals to jail terms for nothing—literally nothing—merely because they have deemed them unfit to life free, based on the company and the politics they keep.
It is a truly sad day. It is a shameful day for all those inside that courthouse who are participating in the trials against these two people. It is a twisted and horrible feeling to know that it could have been any one of the people that I care about in Portland, Seattle, Oakland, or anywhere in the united states, standing with balled fists and swallowing tears, waiting for a stranger, with no evidence against them, to steal a portion of their life away from them. It makes me heart hurt to know that this reality is possible now and for the future for anyone that dares to hold the radical view that people should be treated fairly, that the government is not our saviour, but rather our oppressor (an unfortunate truth that has been proven without a doubt today by this nonsensical which-hunt and the resulting excessive punishment for non-compliance) and the belief that a strong and communicative community offers all the salvation and security anyone would need.
Regardless of what happens when those doors open, regardless of the choices made by those in power today, they should know that their desperation is showing, and that we see their weakness and their fear, and we will not allow them to bully us back into file. If anything, this targeting has only served to strengthen our bonds. This repression has done more to bind us together than it could ever do to tear us apart. Their tactics are only successful when we allow ourselves to be terrorized by their actions. Leah-Lynn is not terrorized. Matt is not terrorized. Their friends are unafraid. Their community is outraged. We are sickened and saddened, but we are not defeated, we are not broken, we are not silent, we are not afraid.
Stay strong friends. We’ll see you on the other side, whenever and wherever that day comes.
If you wish to share your opinion about the secretiveness of the contempt hearings, please feel free to pick up the phone. Call 206-370-8400 now to request a public hearing. Also, administrative assistant for magistrate is named Ben. 206-370-8426. Call that number too. Direct line for Judge Jones is 206-370-8870! Call that as well!
With love and rage, we’re all with you Matt and Leah-Lynn.