A Gesture of Solidarity

UPDATE: Thank you for signing our solidarity statement and supporting those facing political repression. We have a long and rough journey ahead of us but we are inspired by the outpouring of support that we have already received with more than 250 organizations signing on. As of Thursday, the grand jury date for people subpoenaed in Portland and Olympia has been pushed back to August 30th. We will be planning more actions in the coming weeks to support those resisting the grand jury. Please check the website to keep up to date.

Until that time, there are still several ways people can show support, please pass these on to the members of your organizations, your personal networks, and other people you think might be interested in supporting us:

1) Come to Seattle on August 30th to support those resisting the grand jury.

2) Donate money to support the legal costs and provide material support for those resisting the grand jury and the investigation. Click on the donate tab at the top of the page.

3) If you can’t come to Seattle on August 30th, plan a solidarity action in your own community. Email us and let us know if you are planning something.

Please keep checking our website for updates: http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/

If you have questions, email us at nopoliticalrepression@gmail.com

AFFECT is a grouping of radicals based in New York City. We wish to add our voice to those denouncing the recent terroristic raids carried out on comrades’ homes in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the related federal grand jury, obviously intended to intimidate.

Battering rams, flash grenades, helicopters, search warrants, wrong houses . . . it shouldn’t surprise us that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Joint Terrorism Task Force have taken an interest in our comrades in the Pacific Northwest, but that their investigations are apparently most interested in our clothes and books seems a little disproportionate to such a show of force.

That our philosophical curiosities, potential politics, supposed ideologies might themselves be seen as some crime, means that more than ever, we should acknowledge that our movements towards liberation are real. We shouldn’t let the state take us more seriously than we take ourselves.

The illusions and pretensions of liberal democracy are rapidly dissolving in the heat of this clash of classes. Our abilities to express ourselves, form opinions, associate with others, to simply have friends – those basic “rights” we’re supposed to feel grateful for – are under constant attack. Prisons are overflowing with young Blacks, Latinos, and the poor, with the revolts inside multiplying. So-called “immigrants” who dare to ignore spurious divides imposed by the state are being imprisoned and deported by the millions. Muslims, as well as political dissenters, are finding themselves spied on, harassed, and locked in cages, too.

The United States government is increasingly centered on something it calls “Homeland Security,” seemingly oblivious to the various nightmares conjured up by this term, disasters that prided themselves on creating a “secure” – sealed and pure – “homeland.” Is it any surprise that anarchists, those who consider themselves to be without a homeland – or at least, without a state – should be targeted by the vast, cancerous police apparatus dedicated to “homeland security”? That this apparatus would attack those who understand that their real enemies – those who would control their lives – are not overseas, but at the summits of power in this country? More and more, the US finds itself in the clutches of a prison-security-industrial complex.

The US has long harassed, intimidated, imprisoned, and deported those it has seen as a threat to its interests. And its interests are now to defend a system that has brought a level of economic and social inequality unseen for generations. The state’s only response to our resistance against austerity and crisis is repression and brutality, all opportunities for economic re-integration having been exhausted.

We’d like to think that this attempt at intimidation will fail; that every act of state repression only increases our resolve. But for this to be real, our friends, spaces, projects, networks, groups, collectives, assemblies, will need to create even stronger shows of resistance and refusal; to activate and mobilize even more, or else we will continue to suffer such abuses. This should extend beyond signing statements, writing texts, sending messages to one another, dropping banners, spray-painting slogans, keying a cop car, etc. We will do all this and more, but let’s also commit ourselves to organizing against these conditions we’re in. This commitment is the only solidarity worth having. True solidarity means rejecting compromises with the system and immersing ourselves ever deeper in the struggles of our comrades and all the oppressed.

We are committed to supporting our comrades, those engaged in struggle against this world. Our love and solidarity goes out to those who find themselves on the front lines in Olympia, Portland, and Seattle.

Related links:
Committee Against Political Repression
Pacific Northwest Grand Jury Resistance

via Committee Against Political Repression: Solidarity Statement Against the Raids and Grand Jury

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.


Committee Against Political Repression
Freedom Archives
Sacramento Prisoner Support
Committee to Stop FBI Repression
Critical Resistance
Stop the Injunctions Coalition
National Jericho Movement for Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War
Civil Liberties Defense Center
We Are Oregon
Portland Jobs with Justice
Rose City Cop Watch
Bayan-USA Pacific Northwest Region
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
Red Spark (Kasama)
Earth First! Journal collective
Repeal Coalition
1st of May Anarchist Alliance
Black Unity Movement
The Institute for Anarchist Studies
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
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
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
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
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
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
Teamster Defense Guard
Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights
Prison Activist Resource Center
Cascadia Earth First
The Purple Thistle Centre
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

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