This is a statement by Red Red, 6/24/03 (as transcribed by the Sac Legal Collective) I want to say thank you so very much to the people who came out today in solidarity during my court appearance. When my lawyer Doug told me about people chanting, "Free Red Red," my heart swelled and you all should know that you shut down Sacramento county jail for two hours. We were locked down and no ones court case was able to be heard. I was in a cell with five women who might get their freedom because time ran out on their arraignment. They send their love.
My charges were also dropped. Unfortunately, the Sacramento police are determined to nail me and I was re-arrested before I even left my cell. The courts have nothing but the pigs want blood. But with the support of my comrades and lawyers they will only get a headache. I hope we can shut it down tomorrow at my second court appearance. I came here to shut down a meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture because I will not tolerate the marriage of a flawed government and corrupt business. Genetically modified organisms, deadly pesticides, starvation: these are all symptoms of a larger disease that is killing the people. This disease is capitalism: profit before people, blind exploitation to fatten the pockets of the rich. I came here to disrupt the cushy lives of those who have taken the power away from the people. Those who are a part of the system, hell bent on squeezing the life from the people, keeping us so oppressed until tired that we stop fighting. But Sunday I saw they cannot hold us down. I saw thousands of my brothers and sisters sing with one voice. No More! I have heard of the police repression my comrades have suffered in the last few days. I am angry, but not surprised. When the state sees the people being free, they will try and squash it. In solidarity, Red Red