I credit Brian Mumford aka Dragging An Ox Through Water for bring this to my attention. It’s a benefit compilation, released online via Musical Impressions, meant to gather funds to support the legal defense fund of two politically minded folks who were subpoenaed before grand juries, then jailed because they refused to speak up and give up names of other dissidents associated with the anarchist and Occupy movements.
Sadly, I can’t find the way to embed said compilation here in this page but I sincerely encourage to you click here and go drop a few dollars on a digital copy. It features tracks by many fantastic NW names including Plankton Wat, Gregg Skloff, Venable, Ohioan, and Dragging An Ox, among a bunch of others.
I leave you with a reprint of the information posted with the compilation on Bandcamp. I hope this will elucidate the matter at hand for you and further inspire you to support this cause.
Please share this comp widely & feel free to pay more than the minimum for the tracks you purchase. All proceeds go directly to the Committee Against Political Repression (nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/donate/), which was set up by the resisters and their friends prior to their incarceration. This compilation will be continuously developing, so If you’d like to donate a track to be added onto it, please visit j.mp/muimsaynothing
Mostly, though, share! share! share! There are three people, accused of absolutely nothing, who are currently incarcerated & who could potentially remain that way for as long as 36 months. Raising the visibility of these proceedings could potentially mitigate the state’s coercive aggression against these resisters.
Political repression and intimidation are afoot in the Pacific Northwest. They appear to be aimed at stifling the effective recent organizing efforts (in the form of street actions, foreclosure defense, land struggles, etc) of anarchist and direct-action social movements. A series of raids on houses in Portland, Tacoma, Olympia, and Seattle have culminated in a number of extremely shady grand jury subpoenas in what appears to be a fishing expedition for information on political dissidents. The individuals subpoenaed have been organized from the get-go and are all adopting a principled-but-risky strategy of non-compliance. Three (UPDATE: TWO) witnesses subpoenaed for this Grand Jury are now in federal custody under civil contempt charges for remaining silent before the Grand Jury. They need whatever support we can offer them in the form of letters (pastebin.com/gHEjt2V1 ), books, solidarity actions, & efforts to raise the visibility of their incarceration. Grand juries operate in complete secrecy, don’t screen jurors for bias, don’t respect normal evidence rules (rules that prohibit irrelevant, unreliable or unlawfully obtained evidence), have no judge present (prosecutor runs the proceedings), & don’t allow a subpoenaed witness to have a defense attorney in the room. This investigation has also been publicly condemned by scholars, writers, and artists including the likes of Noam Chomsky and David Graeber.
more information on this situation:nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com
more information on grand juries:grandjuryresistance.org/grandjuries.html
advice from the National Lawyers’ Guild on dealing with Grand Juries, FBI, & other Police Agents: www.nlg.org/resource/know-your-rights/you-have-right-remain-silent
other information & updates on solidarity actions etc.:saynothing.noblogs.org