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Posted: July 31st, 2012 By BWM

From Green Is The New Red

When FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force agents raided multiple activist homes in the Northwest last week, they were in search of “anti-government or anarchist literature.”

The raids were part of a multi-state operation that targeted activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. At least three people were served subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury on August 2nd in Seattle.

In addition to anarchist literature, the warrants also authorize agents to seize flags, flag-making material, cell phones, hard drives, address books, and black clothing.

The listing of black clothing and flags, along with comments made by police, indicates that the FBI may ostensibly be investigating “black bloc” tactics used during May Day protests in Seattle, which destroyed corporate property.

If that is true, how are books and literature evidence of criminal activity?

To answer that, we need to look at the increasing harassment, surveillance, and prosecution of anarchists and political activists associated with the Occupy Movement.

In some cases, such as the May Day arrests in Cleveland, the FBI has been so desperate to arrests “anarchist terrorists” that it supplied them with bomb-making materials and used an informant to entrap them. The same thing happened in Chicago.

The motivation for these operations, and the instruction that “anarchist” means “terrorist,” is coming straight from the top levels of the federal government. As I recently wrote, new documents show that the FBI is conducting “domestic terrorism” training presentations about anarchists. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 27th, 2012 By BWM

Back in April, the Law & Disorder conference brought awesome speakers, organizers, and ex political prisoners from all around the world to Portland, OR. This is always an extremely exciting time for us, because we get to meet wonderful and inspirational folks, many of whom we have only heard stories of. The speaker in this video, scott crow, is one of those people.

Scott is an anarchist, worker, and community organizer from Austin, TX and has a lifetime of activism under his belt including work with the SHAC campaign, katrina support and community organizing, and much more. I would tell you about his successes and victories, but instead, you should get together with some friends, and have scott tell you himself by watching this video.

Posted: July 23rd, 2012 By BWM

Some wonderful folks gave us a box of these cute shirts leftover from the Let Live conference that used to happen in Portland, OR. We decided to sell them as a benefit shirt. 100% of the proceeds go to help fund the documentary: ‘The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Life Story of Rita Bo Brown’.

From their website, “Be a part of an exciting new project documenting a vital member of the West Coast’s revolutionary history! The life story of Rita Bo Brown is not one story but many stories.  It is the story of a white, working class Butch growing up in rural Oregon in the 1950s, joining struggles for queer liberation in the 1960s and 1970s.  It is the story of a former prisoner now organizing to support other people in prison through her work with the Prison Activist Resource Center in Oakland, California. It is the story of a member of the George Jackson Brigade, a militant, revolutionary, prison abolitionist group based in Seattle, Washington in the 1970s.  As a member of the George Jackson Brigade, Bo became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers, one of the ways the Brigade funded its militant activities to protest military aggression, injustice, and exploitation in the United States and around the world. This short documentary tells all of these stories and more, through interviews with Bo herself, her friends and collaborators, and others inspired by her life’s work.”

Check out their kickstarter here, and check this tumblr to see what this documentary is all about! Here is a little trailer for the documentary.

Posted: July 21st, 2012 By BWM

Yesterday, our good friend Jordan Halliday was released from prison after serving 10 months for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury that was fishing for information about the animal rights scene in Salt Lake City, UT. After refusing to cooperate with a grand jury in 2009, Halliday was jailed for 4 months banking on the hope that the sentence would make him talk. Halliday still resisted the grand jury. He was released and then swiftly indicted with criminal contempt of court for refusing to testify the same grand jury. On July 27, 2010, Jordan pled guilty to the charge of criminal contempt of court. 

Although he was sentenced to serve 10 months on November 3, 2010, Jordan’s defense team filed an appeal which bought him some more time. The appeal was denied by the court and Jordan was arrested to start his sentence on January 9, 2012. Jordan’s courage to resist the grand jury has been an inspirational act to us all, especially for the grand jury resistors to come. Check out this post where you can read a letter from Jordan talking about resisting the grand jury! Also check this link to see a perfect example of how to deal with a grand jury.

We are so happy that Jordan is now in the loving arms of friends and family outside of prison walls. It is vital to remember that prisoner support does not end with prisoner release. Prison is a fucked up and lonely place, right now Jordan needs our support more than ever. If you are on twitter, please show jordan some love. If you are on facebook, tell him how happy you are that he’s out!

Posted: July 19th, 2012 By BWM

Another wonderful video that we filmed at the Law and Disorder conference in Portland, OR.

Dylcia Pagan is a former Puerto Rican political prisoner and prisoner of war. Pagan and 11 others were arrested on April 4, 1980, in Evanston, Illinois. They had been linked to more than 100 bombings or attempted bombings since 1974 in their attempt to achieve independence for Puerto Rico.

None of the bombings of which they were convicted resulted in deaths or injuries. Pagan was given a 55-year federal sentence for seditious conspiracy and other charges. She was released early after serving 20 years.

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