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Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!

Protestors gather at a U.S. federal courthouse to protest a grand jury hearing. The woman called to testify is released without questioning, but with the possibility of being called back in at a later date. (article 1)
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
Anti-Grand Jury Rally A Success, Temporarily!
In downtown Portland at the U.S. federal courthouse protestors gathered to show solidarity with a young activist called before a grand jury hearing. Expressing their disapproval for secret trials, and political intimidation of innocent activists, approximately 50 people wore T-Shirts stating "Stop the Grand Jury" and carried signs. Some of the signs read "FBI=SS", and "No justice just us". Despite the crippling haze of sleepiness there was some cheering and shouts from the crowd. Activists played the drums to raise awareness of the situation.

Unfortunately no flyers or information was on hand to inform pedestrians, and one man merely met confusion when asked what the grand jury was doing. Despite this set back some activists decided to work on printing information for the next event.

Protestors from the Solo auction sale will remember two of our favorite friends who pepper sprayed those gathered there. They were seen at the site of the grand jury standing inside the building and lingering on cell phones. With the exception of all but retired federal marshals calmly patrolling, no other federal agents were outsides the building, at least none who cared what we were doing.

The woman called to testify returned shortly after entering and said "Grand juries are the tools of state oppression, and we're not going to take it". She recounted the story as follows: The grand jury was concerned about letting anyone other than the lawyer and inquired in. They did not want people to try and storm the place and would not allow the "defendant's" mother in. First they spoke with the lawyer and then with the activist and told her there was no need to speak with her at this time. The possibility of being recalled to testify is still open, as it is with the girl's mother who was called in on an earlier date.

After the success, activists lingered. The group of protestors then decided to march in the street blocking traffic and upsetting the upperwardly mobile. Apparently no one received any jaywalking or other tickets and returned to the courthouse safe. At that point (about 10am) I left.
The battles not over 06.Aug.2002 11:47

Todd

One last thing. Our success was excellent but could be revoked. We have to fight until we get rid of this corrupt grand jury system!!!

Wasn't me! 06.Aug.2002 12:01

Nihil Allahntin ysab@efn.org

Quote: "I didn't do it. I don't know who did it. And if you think I do well, (The truth is out there.)" End quote

Sipapu

Take them down! 06.Aug.2002 12:37

todd

One last thing, we won this time but the feds could knock on our door any day now. We have to fight grand juries till they are gone for good!!!

who was it? 07.Aug.2002 11:29

marshall forloveoflife76@hotmail.com

Who was the woman who got grand juried? Am I the only one who thinks it's wierd that people are so secretive about going in front of a grand jury? Maybe there's a perfectly good explanation, but I've allways felt like so long as a person wasn't collaborating with piggerey they'd be perfectly willing to be open about what was going on. I'm not implying the converse, that secretive people must be collaborating, I'm just asking shouldn't a cohesive activist movement be more forthcoming about the state repression we all want to fight against together?

this happens all the time and I don't understand it.


Hush hush? 07.Aug.2002 21:41

Pippylongstocking

I'm a little curious too-why all the hush hush about who this is,if they are not cooperating,why not alert the activist community as to who is being targeted,so others may be aware?

can you clarify, todd? 07.Aug.2002 23:14

curious

hey todd, did you leave out the woman's name because you didn't know it, or because you thought you shouldn't say what it is?

:) The name 08.Aug.2002 00:47

Todd

Sorry I took so long to reply. Now with the new number or replies I will get on that sooner :) I left out the name partially because I wasn't sure if she wanted it published and partially because I never caught her last name. Her first name is Emily and she was one of the cheerleaders at the Solo auction (the blond one with pigtails).

The reason we are against grand juries and "Secretive" is the same reason that the people called before the McCarthy trials didn't speak. It isn't that there is sensitive information. Rather, it is that often no crime has been committed, the trial is merely to intimidate activists, they have no right to the knowledge, etc. They often want names of other activists, organization membership, etc so as to monitor and call your friends to testify. Your right that we ought to be honest and informative to the public, but if our testimony may harm our fellow activists and is intrusive, and puts us into questionable civil rights territory, then we should protest by remaining silent. As far as I know in real criminal trials people generally do not show so much resistance, unless of course it is a cointelpro framing or other political arrests.

Todd

also 08.Aug.2002 00:49

Todd

*blush* I also left out her mother's name, who also was called to testify earlier, because I forgot it. I spoke with her on the bus ride home but I am terrible with names (as we can see). I have a minidisk recorder coming in the mail so that should help the situation in the future. Sorry for the confusion.