We are living in a period of increased surveillance, especially electronic, and the use of police at the local, State, and national level to limit protest and resistance to an economic and social system that is broken and needs to be revolutionized, transformed. … Grand Juries, especially Federal Grand Juries, have been continually used as tools of political repression and increasingly to jail those who refuse to cooperate with government investigations of radical movements. … The most recent case and the focus of tonight’s meeting is the Federal Grand Jury that convened in Seattle in July, 2012. This Grand Jury is investigating the May Day demonstration in Seattle on May 1st of this year.
I am writing in strong support of the grand jury resistors who have been recently subpoenaed by the Federal Grand Jury in Seattle and to demand that the subpoenas be withdrawn, that all materials taken in the related raids be returned to their owners, and that the Grand Jury end. I thank the resistors for their courage in refusing to testify. This defeats one of the goals of politically-motivated Grand Juries which is to get us to inform and testify against each other—to show that solidarity can easily be broken.