I know I literally just posted Jerry’s address, but I have a more specific one. Both should work, but just in case:
METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER
P.O. BOX 329002
BROOKLYN, NY 11232
Send a letter! Jerry loves fantasy novels and series, history, and graphic novels. He is a much bigger nerd than he lets on! We’re also in the process of beginning a program called Inside Out, which is basically a prisoner support book club. Keep an eye out for updates!
Let’s flood Jerry with support and love and remind him that he is not alone. Let’s show him we’re with him on the outside, with him on the inside.
Please signal boost
he’s currently being held in the SHU (special housing unit), and he’s feeling really anxious. he’s been alone in there for the past 24 hours and doesn’t have books, paper, or a pen.
it’s SO IMPORTANT that people write to him immediately! it doesn’t need to be a super poignant letter…even a note of support or a brief introduction of yourself would be great. we don’t know when commissary is yet, so we have no way of knowing when he’ll be able to buy anything.
it will be a while before he can get any visitors (it can take weeks), so letters, cards, and photographs* are absolutely imperative. the first couple weeks of prison can be the toughest, so please show your support and love for him. he needs our strength right now.
his lawyer has ordered 4 books for him, and he can only receive 5 at a time, so she recommends that people do not send any books yet. at this time, he needs letters, cards, and photographs
*make sure that whatever photos you send 1) are not polaroids, and 2) are not super-valuable, or if so, are copies. he can only have 25 photographs at a time, and we do not know what the prison staff does with extra letters, but it’s safe to assume that they discard them.
are there any things in particular Jerry likes that he might want photos of?
Jerry was taken into custody of US marshals today at 4:18 PM. Throughout his hearing, he did not answer any questions; he remained silent the entire time.
Over a hundred people showed in support of Jerry. The court room was packed, and he knew as he was taken by the marshals that we support and love him. The crowd yelled out their support for him as he was escorted out of the room.
Jerry asked that we release this statement to his supporters after his incarceration:
By the time you read this, I will be in the custody of the United States government for continuing my refusal to cooperate with a federal grand jury. This is the right thing to do.
I continue to believe that the government is using this federal grand jury in an abusive manner to force me to divulge information about my political associations and social networks.
If we mean what we say when we talk about radical politics, then we do not participate in witch hunts, inquisitions, or the assembly of black lists. As an individual, I will not lend legitimacy to government brutality and intimidation; I will not be used. As an anarchist, I will summon the courage to be stronger than the forces of the State’s all-too-real repression; I will not break.
Your show of truly powerful support has done nothing but strengthen my resolve in refusing to cooperate. We must not let ourselves be isolated by the government’s heavy-handed tactics. We must not give the state that last inch it tries to break in every one of us.
With Love, with Dignity, in Solidarity
If you haven’t already, please sign up for a recurring donation at his support site so that we can ensure that Jerry has immediate access to his commissary and will be able to be in touch with his loved ones.
The six women of the Knitting Circle meet every week to talk, eat cake, and make fabulous sweaters. Until the night they realise that they’ve all survived rape and that not one of their assailants has suffered a single consequence. Enough is enough. The Knitting Circle declares open season on rapists, with no licenses and no bag limits. With needles as their weapons, the revolution begins.
A novel by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan: The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad will be available soon! In the meantime, we have patches which can be sewed or ironed on. [x]
WHAT, OH MY GOD, I NEED TWELVE
Wait, Katy, no. Derrick Jensen is part of Deep Green Resistance. Have you missed all the drama around DGR’s, past and present, transphobia? They have views like “telling lesbians to accept penis as female is homophobia.” Please don’t buy things that give those shit heads money. Please don’t support them in any way.
This isn’t going to be funny.
I met Jerry in 2011 during my first book tour. I lived with him for a few months in 2012. It’s hard to say how much of an influence he’s had on me. Anyone who’s been following my work over the past few years has undoubtedly noticed that I have become increasingly outspoken about my politics, and this is largely due to the influence of Jerry. Before I met Jerry, I had beliefs, but they were paired with a feeling of powerlessness and resignation that it was impossible for me to effect any kind of lasting change. And now I know that I was right, at least in that I alone cannot make a difference. Jerry is the most principled and resolute man I know, and a supportive hub of the New York radical community. He taught me that even if I feel powerless on my own, there is power and hope in solidarity.
Which is why he’s now facing the possibility of prison time, though he hasn’t been charged with any crime.
In 2009 Jerry was called in for a federal grand jury on a case he was totally disconnected from and knew nothing about. This being the case, he refused to testify.
Double Jeopardy not being something that applies to federal grand juries, he’s been called in again on the same case, and is taking the same course of action.
Unfortunately, it seems to be going differently this time. In a federal grand jury, a witness can be granted “immunity,” which, though it sounds nice, essentially rescinds the witness’ 5th Amendment constitutional right, and that “right to remain silent” we all know and love goes out the window. What immunity means, in this situation, is something along the lines of, “You are incapable of incriminating yourself with anything you say, so you have no legal reason not to tell us everything we want to know, no matter how disconnected it may be from the ostensible case at hand. Thus, if you continue to exercise your 5th Amendment right and your right to remain silent, you are in contempt of court.”
If deemed uncooperative with the federal grand jury, the witness—Jerry—is subject to prison time for the duration of grand jury as a “coercive measure.”
As anarchists, we have said time and again that the existing governmental structures oppress the populace in hypocritical, unjust ways. And the government’s current response to that assertion is to call Jerry into a secret proceeding where he is not allowed to have his lawyer in the room, and then send him to prison without charges. As a “COERCIVE” measure.
The response has proven our accusations. Not that it helps.
Jerry, to his credit, is continuing to refuse to testify in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience, fully aware of the consequences it may have.
What we can do now is spread the word and support Jerry. The grand jury process relies on secrecy, and publicity is a great tool against it. Please, reblog this, signal boost this, whatever the term is. We need solidarity. Visit http://jerryresists.net/ to learn more. Tell your friends.
Thank you for your time. Support Jerry.
Please email and call these spaces and let them know that you are unhappy that they are allowing Rachel Ivey of Deep Green Resistance to speak at their space as part of the Resistance Rewritten speaking tour . Rachel Ivey considers trans women to be men; defends the leader of her organization, Lierre Keith, who equates being transgender with being “trans racial”; and is friends with Cathy Brennan, a well-known transmisogynist who has publicly outed trans youth, filed lawsuits against her critics, and campaigned against gender identity protections.
Please email and call these spaces until they cancel their events!
If anyone wants to look up contacts for the student events coordinators at colleges included in this speaking tour, please feel free to add them to this list.
The Democracy Center (Boston, MA)
Phone: (617) 492-8855
EVENT (July 19th): https://www.facebook.com/events/521052471263534/?fref=ts
Bluestockings (New York, NY)
Phone: (212) 777-6028
EVENT (June 23): https://www.facebook.com/events/381278195323130/
First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
Phone: (215) 563-3980
EVENT is on June 28; no facebook link
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