Solidarity Statement against the raids and grand jury

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07/26/12

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

North American Anarchist Studies Network 

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