From Andrew Battle:
NYC anarchist Gerald “Jerry” Koch was taken into federal custody
yesterday after a civil contempt hearing where he again refused to
answer questions in front of a grand jury investigating a 2008 crime.
The whole story can be found at http://jerryresists.net/
but in a nutshell, Jerry was called in front of the grand jury in 2009
and refused to speak to them at that time. Prosecutors told his
lawyers they believed he had overheard something in a bar related to
the 2008 attack on the army recruitment center in Times Square, which
broke a window but injured no one. Jerry says he has no information
about the 2008 incident and does not recall any bar situation
prosecutors seem to be referring to. Nothing came of it until he was
subpoenaed again this year.
This situation is similar to the one in the pacific northwest where
anarchists were hounded and jailed at the end of last year
(http://nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com/). The grand jury is
ostensibly investigating a 2008 case but this has the hallmarks of a
vindictive and politically motivated prosecution.
Jerry has become something of a public face for NYC anarchists through his extensive legal work on behalf of people arrested during demonstrations or otherwise targeted by the state, particularly during the recent OWS-related events in New York. We believe his imprisonment is simultaneously a scare tactic meant to intimidate radicals and a fishing expedition for prosecutors to glean information on his family, friends, and political associates.
It is important to note that Jerry is not a target of the investigation and is not charged with any crime. Nonetheless he is in prison for as long as the grand jury continues, which could be more than a year from now. He can get out by agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors but he is refusing to be made an accomplice to red scares and witch hunts.
There is plenty more on the case and a list of ways to support Jerry
on the website listed above. Those of us supporting him are eager to
spread the word about this so please feel free to be in touch and
thank you for listening.
METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER
P.O. BOX 329002
BROOKLYN, NY 11232
Jerry is in immediate need of letters, cards, and photographs. He is currently being held in the special housing unit and, as far as we know, at this time has no access to his commissary. He needs our support and our strength as a community.
On May 20, 2013, DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy released the results of a year-long investigation: “Dissent or Terror: How the Nation’s Counter Terrorism Apparatus, In Partnership With Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street.” The report, a distillation of thousands of pages of records obtained from counter terrorism/law enforcement agencies, details how state/regional “fusion center” personnel monitored the Occupy Wall Street movement over the course of 2011 and 2012.
The report also examines how fusion centers and other counter terrorism entities that have emerged since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have worked to benefit numerous corporations engaged in public-private intelligence sharing partnerships. While the report examines many instances of fusion center monitoring of Occupy activists nationwide, the bulk of the report details how counter terrorism personnel engaged in the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC, commonly known as the “Arizona fusion center”) monitored and otherwise surveilled citizens active in Occupy Phoenix, and how this surveillance benefited a number of corporations and banks that were subjects of Occupy Phoenix protest activity.
While small glimpses into the governmental monitoring of the Occupy Wall Street movement have emerged in the past, there has not been any reporting — until now — that details the breadth and depth with which the nation’s post-September 11, 2001 counter terrorism apparatus has been applied to politically engaged citizens exercising their Constitutionally-protected First Amendment rights.
St. Paul, Minnesota: Protesters demanding marriage equality occupy the Minnesota State Capitol during Senate debate on same-sex marriage bill, May 13, 2013.
Photos by Kim DeFranco
Martin Luther King on the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968:
“We believe the highest patriotism demands the ending of the war and the opening of a bloodless war to final victory over racism and poverty”
“We ought to come in mule carts, in old trucks, any kind of transportation people can get their hands on. People ought to come to Washington, sit down if necessary in the middle of the street and say, ‘We are here; we are poor; we don’t have any money; you have made us this way…and we’ve come to stay until you do something about it.’
Occupy Guitarmy invites occupy musicians and supporters to join us in adding music to an amazing march, the Poor People’s Campaign.
The march is two days, about 35 miles total. It organized by the Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Peoples Power Assembly.
You need to bring yourself, supplies to keep yourself healthy and happy, and a sleeping bag/tent. Your backpack will be taken to the overnight location each night and food will be provided.
Transportation from NYC and returning from DC is being organized. Please email music @ nycga dot net if you want more information or would like to participate.
Schedule of actions May 10-12, 2013
Friday May 10, 2013
5:00 – 9:00pm – Community Get-Together
Biddle St & N Montford Ave
Baltimore MD 21213
Speak Out, Music, Refreshments, Vigil with the Anthony Anderson family
Saturday May 11, 2013
8:30 – 11:00am
POOR PEOPLES CAMPAIGN & MARCH OFFICIALLY BEGINS
(Biddle St & N Montford Ave)
8:30am – Volunteers arrive at the March site
9:00am – Vehicles and their drivers will gather
10:00am – Opening Rally
11:00am – March begins
We will be marching along Route 1, the historic highway that was used by the earliest civil rights leaders who desegregated restaurants and facilities along this route on their way from Baltimore to D.C. We will protest in front of the Super Walmart store with our sisters and brothers of OUR Walmart on this leg of the March.
8:00 – 11:00pm
COLLEGE PARK AREA GREETINGS!
Students and community activists will be greeting walkers as they arrive at the University of Maryland, College Park, in front of fraternity and sorority row near the entrance of the campus.
There will be housing that night with students, area activists, camping and reserved motel space.
Sunday May 12, 2013
Baltimore Ave Hyattsville MD
MOTHER’S DAY MARCH
Gather at 5331 Baltimore Ave Hyattsville MD 20781. March into Washington D.C. Coretta Scott King led the original Poor Peoples Campaign on this day. The women will lead this final leg of the march into Washington D.C
On Pennsylvania Ave we will protest in front of the Justice Department to demand justice for the victims of police killings and brutality that have become an epidemic in this country. We will also be raising our voices loudly to defend voting rights and section 5.
3:00pm ARRIVE AT FREEDOM PLAZA 14th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW
3:00pm – GREETINGS: Hear from the original civil rights leaders who launched the 1968 Poor Peoples Campaign, along with union, community, student, and Occupy activists
4:30pm – PEOPLES POWER ASSEMBLY convenes
Music, teach-ins and discussion to follow PEOPLES POWER ASSEMBLY
Freedom Plaza Washington DC
Monday May 13, 2013
10:00am Meet at Freedom Plaza – Activities to be announced
Everyone’s contribution to making history on this weekend is important. Do not feel that if you cannot participate for the full 3 days that there isn’t an important role for you. There is. You can send the marchers off in Baltimore; greet the walkers in College Park; participate in the last leg of the March from Hyattsville on Sunday; come to Freedom Plaza, meet and greet the walkers and attend the Peoples Power Assembly on Sunday.
Walk and/or ride for one day or for the entire route.
Everyone’s abilities and participation will be respected and cherished.
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Montclair State University in New Jersey is sponsoring the second annual “Tent State” week of activities to fight tuition hikes and cutbacks. Workshops are also being held on organizing strategies, national and international struggles.
Photos: Kyle Kassick and Caleb Maupin
Tent State University is a week-long event to bring together students of all walks of life to grow, share, and connect with each other in order to foster an environment of mutual aid and student autonomy. Uniting together to combat the rising cost of tuition and private interests seeking to profit from skyrocketing student debt, Tent State is an opportunity to build a student movement that is both powerful and educated about the issues affecting them and others. More than just a petition to authority, Tent State seeks to educate and mobilize students by providing a forum for intersectional solidarity and effective tactics for change.
Join us for a week of workshops/teach-ins/discussions and free food+drink.