In the past 48 hours at least six Seattle climate activists have been approached by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at their home or school. In light of recent revelations about the extent of state surveillance by federal agencies we feel it is important to share this information with the broader activist community in Seattle and nationwide.
Please show solidarity with the Seattle activists facing this investigation by sharing this statement. We will provide updates if the situation escalates.
December 17th, 2012. Today at 8:30 AM the pretrial hearing will be held in the case of the May Day 5, who in November were charged with a variety of charges ranging from “riot” to “malicious mischief,” allegedly in connection with the protests that took place on May 1st, 2012. The hearing will be held at King County Superior Court.
SARC and affiliated activists, organizers, and other concerned residents of Seattle will be there to support the May Day 5 through this attempted repression of political activity. SARC is dedicated to resisting all forms of political repression and stands in solidarity with those being targeted by law enforcement.
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December 13th, 2012. SARC is joining CAPR and other concerned networks of people resisting political repression in supporting and standing in solidarity with grand jury resistors, an ongoing tactic of repression used by the state to silence anarchist and other radical voices in the Pacific Northwest.
On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids
against activists in Portland. They subpoenaed several people in Portland and Olympia to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers, black clothing and anarchist literature. Since then, two subpeonants have been jailed for refusing to cooperate and testify before the grand jury, and tomorrow another subpeonant will be attending their contempt hearing which may send them to jail.
On November 7th, Maddy Pfeiffer appeared before the special grand jury and refused to answer any questions other than their name and birthdate. They have been charged with contempt and granted a continuance until December 14th at 1:30PM in order for their attorney to prepare an adequate defense.
There will be a rally at 12:30PM at the Federal Courthouse on 7th and Stewart in support of Maddy. SARC stands firm in our commitment to stand in solidarity with all targets of state political repression and will be there with other concerned Seattelites in order to say NO to political repression.