In July of 2017, long-time activist Katie Yow received a subpoena to testify before a grand jury in North Carolina. The subject of the grand jury is still unknown, but Katie is resolute in her refusal to cooperate.
Grand juries have been used by the US government since the 1960's to gather information, and to isolate and destroy social movements by causing fear and mistrust. They were used against Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Black liberation movements; the anti-war movement; and environmental, animal rights, and anarchist movements. The State is currently wielding them particularly against anarchists, anti-fascists, and indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock.
These are not regular trials, but rather they operate in secrecy where normal rules of evidence do not apply. The prosecutor runs the proceedings and no judge is present. Defense lawyers are not allowed to be present in the room and witnesses cannot obtain a transcript of their testimony. Witnesses who resist the grand jury can face up to 18 months in prison.
But we are still powerful in our resolute silence and courageous refusals. We are powerful in our fierce solidarity.
In addition to the cost of legal support, navigating potential jail time can be very expensive. Please donate what you can and share this call for support.
Any money that is not needed during this time will be given to local projects defending our communities from cops, jails and deportation.
Love and solidarity to Katie and to all who stand against the state and its repressive tactics.
For more information and updates visit https://ncresiststhegrandjury.com/