Tag Archive: grand jury resistance

The Final Straw: Grand Jury in NYC; also, Marie Mason and June 11

marie-masonangela-johnson-2013From The Final Straw

This week, William speaks to Dave about Jerry Koch. Jerry is a New York Anarchist resisting (for the 2nd time) a GJ in NYC.


Also, Bursts speaks to Bella about Marie Mason, long term ecological, animal rights, labor and anarchist activist. Marie is also serving a 22 year sentence. Bella also talks about the upcoming day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid and Other Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners on June 11th. We also talk about the despicable snitch, Frank Ambrose (more info on the below sites).


Playlist can be found here.

(Also, the song after the Jerry Koch portion is Arianna Staiger’s song for her mother, Marie Mason)

The show will be archives from 5/6/13-5/12/13 at AFM and podcasting at Radio4All.

NYC: Anarchist Gerald Koch refuses to cooperate with Grand Jury

gerlad-kochFrom the New York Times:

A Brooklyn man has said that he will refuse to testify before a federal grand jury that is believed to be looking into the explosion of a homemade bomb in Times Square in 2008, setting the stage for a confrontation that could send him to jail for contempt of court.

Gerald Koch has said that he was not implicated in the 2008 bombing, but would risk contempt of court charges to protest what he called “government intimidation.”

A lawyer for the man, Gerald Koch, said that he had been subpoenaed as a witness and granted immunity, but that he was not a suspect in the bombing, which took place outside an armed forces recruitment center in the middle of the night and caused no injuries. Mr. Koch said in a written statement late last week that in 2009 he had been called before a previous grand jury investigating the case, but did not testify because he knew nothing about what happened.

“I will once again refuse to testify to the federal grand jury in ethical resistance to participation in a fruitless exercise of fear-mongering and government intimidation,” Mr. Koch wrote. (more…)

Maddie Pfeiffer, the Final Grand Jury Refuser (So Far), Has Been Released

maddy-photo-1_large1From The Stranger – By Brenden Kiley

In last week’s paper, we wrote about Matthew Duran and Katherine Olejnik, two of several grand-jury refusers who were subpoenaed, hauled before a grand jury and a federal prosecutor (without a defense attorney in the room), asked to testify about other people’s political opinions and social affiliations, refused to answer on the grounds that the questions were McCarthyesque, then thrown into prison for an indefinite period of time. (That’s a simplification. More about the details at the link above, plus here and here and here.)

The two spent about half a year in the joint (losing employment and housing arrangements in the process), including a good chunk of time in solitary, then were released, leaving one behind.

That one, Maddie Pfeiffer, has been released today by Judge Richard A. Jones, according to a one-sentence email from Pfeiffer’s attorney I received a few minutes ago. (more…)

Grand Jury Refusers Katherine Olejnik and Matthew Duran Are Free

grandjuryFrom The Stranger

Or they will be at 4 pm tomorrow afternoon. Judge Jones has granted Duran and Olejnik’s attorneys’ request to release their clients, who have been in prison—without convictions or charges—for five months and in solitary confinement for two months.

I wrote about visiting them in prison, and how they got there, in this story.

More details after I get Judge Jones’s ruling—but this is happy, happy news. And it’s a correction of a situation in the justice system that has seemed very, very far from just.

The third grand jury refuser, Maddie Pfeiffer, is still in prison, but his attorney did not join the motion to file for his release. That motion, I’m guessing, isn’t far away. (more…)

Support the NW Grand Jury Resisters


grandjuryFrom Crimethinc.

For months now, three courageous individuals—Matt Duran, Katherine Olejnik, and Maddy Pfeiffer—have been held captive in the Federal Detention Center in Seatac, Washington for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury currently underway in Washington state. Another person, Kerry Cunneen, has been subpoenaed but declines to appear. Convened in March of 2012, the grand jury is clearly intended to discourage anarchist activity, which has proliferated on the West Coast over the past few years.

In the following statement, we emphasize the urgency of offensive as well as defensive strategies, and present new [support materials](link to support materials below) to draw attention to the grand jury resisters. This situation has been going on for many months now, but it’s important to renew public awareness on a regular basis. (more…)

A letter to you, from Maddy

maddyposterbestFrom the Committee Against Political Repression

February 1st, 2013

I am a few days past my one-month mark as I write this. I am still isolated in the Special Housing Unit here at FDC SeaTac and I have not heard any word on how long I will remain here.

I want to thank everyone who has sent me a letter thus far. Your letters and warm gestures of support from all over the world have helped remind me that I am not alone. Especially wonderful are all of the people who supported me before going in as well as those who showed up for court dates. Your advice and embraces have helped me in so many ways. (more…)

Never Surrender: Kerry Cunneen subpoenaed to the NW grand jury

ciarraipressphoto1From Committee Against Political Repression

Portland anarchist Kerry Cunneen has announced their refusal to cooperate with the grand jury investigating the May Day attack on the Nakamura federal courthouse in Seattle. Kerry’s subpoena, which was delivered on December 14th, stated that they were required to appear just 5 days later on the 19th. Their lawyer successfully got the date pushed back until January 3rd, when Kerry declined to even enter the grand jury room. Kerry has stated that they will never under any circumstance cooperate with this or any state in persecuting themselves or others:

I have been subpoenaed to the grand jury in Seattle investigating Anarchists in the Pacific Northwest. I was called to testify on January 3rd at 9am. I did not appear before the grand jury. I will not cooperate with this grand jury nor will I in any way aid the state in its efforts to imprison people. (more…)

Northwest Grand Jury Resistance: Matt and Kteeo back in solitary confinement – please call the prison!

276406_426509897397154_440852711_nFrom the Committee Against Political Repression:

Matthew Duran and Katherine “KteeO” Olejnik were unexpectedly thrown back into solitary confinement at SeaTac FDC on December 27th, the day after Maddy Pfeiffer self-reported to the same prison. After Matt’s friends and family didn’t hear from him for a few days, his lawyer contacted him and found out that both he and KteeO were removed from the general population.

Right now we don’t know why they were moved back to solitary. It is common for prisons to arbitrarily punish the people they are keeping locked up by keeping them away from other people. Meanwhile, no one has heard from Maddy Pfeiffer since they self-reported on the 26th, and we expect they will remain in solitary for at least a week.

Please call SeaTac FDC at 206-870-5700 to demand that Matthew Duran, Katherine Olejnik, and Matthew Pfeiffer be released from prison.

Don’t let your solidarity with the grand jury resisters end with a phone call! The work we do to support the grand jury resisters is part of a broader project of refusal of hierarchy and domination, toward the destruction of prisons, borders, capital, and the state.

Solidarity with the grand jury resisters, for the destruction of all prisons!!

Free Maddy Pfeiffer!

maddyposterbestFrom No Political Repression

Maddy Pfeiffer was taken into custody today at FDC SeaTac. They self-reported at 9am with about a dozen friends to walk them in. Please write to Maddy. BUT KEEP IN MIND that Maddy can’t read cursive so please print or type your letter. Any support and encouragement is tremendously appreciated by Maddy and their loved ones.

Matthew Pfeiffer #42421-086
FDC SeaTac
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Maddy Pfeiffer is the 4th person to be imprisoned for resisting the federal grand jury investigating anarchists and the May Day vandalism of the Nakamura federal courthouse. Matt Duran and KteeO Olejnik have been imprisoned since September, while Leah Plante was released on October.

Please write to Maddy, and continue supporting Matt and KteeO. Our strength lies in our solidarity!

Christmas in Prison

grandjuryresistjailKatherine Olejnik and Matt Duran Have Not Been Charged with Any Crime, and Yet They Have Been Locked Up for Three Months and Counting

From The Stranger – by BRENDAN KILEY

The visiting room of the SeaTac Federal Detention Center is bleak. Prison is supposed to be bleak, but it’s difficult to appreciate how bleak it is until you’ve walked inside—past the grim security checkpoint, the sallow-faced chaplain with the giant keys hanging from his pants, the many heavy doors that slam shut behind you like a metal thunderclap, the off-white walls and institutional lighting that seem to suck the color out of everyone’s hair and clothes, the frosted-over windows to block any view of the outside world, and into the visiting room with its plastic chairs arranged in sets of four with a guard sitting in a high booth, presiding over the room like a bored judge.

And the waiting. Lots and lots of waiting. (more…)