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Grand Jury Resister Jerry Koch is Free!


On Tuesday, January 28th, anarchist grand jury resister Gerald “Jerry” Koch was released from the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. Koch’s release comes over eight months after his imprisonment for refusing to testify before a grand jury convened under the auspices of investigating the so-called bicycle bomber case.

Judge John Keenan, the presiding judge over Jerry’s case, believes that taking the position of a government run amok, using grand juries as a witch hunt is, “a delusion of grandeur.” Judge Keenan goes on:

There is simply no evidence that the Government [sic], threatened by Koch’s subversive prowess, seeks to bring him before the grand jury on a pretext, either to gain access to the treasure trove that is his circle of friends or to send an ominous message to political dissidents.

In reality, the United States government was following a pattern of using grand juries as fishing expeditions in hopes of better understanding social and political networks of anarchists. This tactic has been recently seen in the Pacific Northwest and in California. Regardless, Jerry’s release does not come as a result of some hacky judge “seeing the light” and letting the barred door swing wide. It comes due to the diligence of his legal support in filing a strong Grumbles motion. Also from the judge’s decision:

Koch’s argument is straightforward. Because he continues to oppose the government in general and the grand jury process in particular, he urges that continued confinement will not induce him to testify. Indeed, he asserts that his tenure at the MCC has caused his views about government repression to congeal even further.

Imprisonment for civil contempt in order to coerce someone to testify is, according to the state, not supposed to be punitive. When it becomes punitive and loses any coercive power, the individual must be released (or so goes the argument). The content of the motion filed by Jerry’s legal support argues that the function of Jerry’s imprisonment—to coerce him to testify before the grand jury, was failing and in fact had become merely punitive. Based on the above quote, judge Keenan agreed. And this is the basis of the judge’s decision to release Jerry.

Judge Keenan’s decision also reveals the importance of outside support. Articles written about Jerry, letters written on his behalf, and even an online petition cumulatively added to the strength of the motion filed on his behalf. Strong solidarity from family and friends positively contributed to Jerry’s release.

In reading Judge Keenan’s decision, it is clear that the only joy he is able to squeeze out of his miserable life is in sophomoric barbs launched at Jerry and anarchists in general. And at the end of the day, none of the judge’s childish insults matter. What matters is that we have our comrade returned to us, unbroken.

Again in the words of Judge Keenan, Jerry “has chosen to remain in contempt– indeed he promises continued and endless contempt.” And for that, we applaud you, Jerry. Welcome home.

To read judge Keenan’s decision in its entirety, click here.

Posted in General.

Update about the 5E3 (anarchists arrested in Mexico City)

Friday, January 10-

This morning we learned that Fallon, Carlos, and Amelie are now being held under a portion of Mexican Federal Law referred to as the ‘arraign’ that permits arbitrary detention without charge or evidence for a period of 40 days, which can be renewed one time, while under investigation by the Centro de Investigacion y Seguridad Nacional (CISEN), a branch of federal policing comparable to CSIS. During this period of detention without charge, our three friends are being held in a special detention centre under the authority of of the CISEN, and not in a regular prison. Continued…

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Call for International Solidarity for three anarchist comrades arrested in Mexico

Urgent update: three anarchist comrades arrested in Mexico, detained without bail, now facing charges of property destruction, and possibly organized crime, sabotage, and terrorism.

Call for International Solidarity this Friday, January 10, and next Friday, January 17th.

On the night of January 5th, Carlos – a comrade from Mexico, and Amelie and Fallon – two comrades from Canada, were arrested in relation to a Molotov attack on the Ministry of Communication and Transportation and a Nissan dealership in Mexico City. The three have since been held in detention and have limited contact with anyone, including their lawyer, and Amelie and Fallon have also been visited by the Canadian consulate. Though they were initially accused of property destruction, the three may now face additional charges of sabotage, organized crime, and terrorism. If these charges are brought forward, bail will not be possible and deportation for the two from Canada is highly unlikely. All three would then be held until trial without the possibility of release. Due to the possibility of their charges falling under the anti-terrorism law, there is a 48-hour extension to how long the comrades can be held by the Mexican Central Investigative Agency before their charges must be finalized – this extension has already been granted, and can be renewed several times. Continued…

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Translated from Fuego a Las Carceles

Hello comrades, here’s the reconstructed info that was sent to us.

Three comrades detained and accused of damages.

A different account of what reported in La Jornada.…

Yesterday, 5th of January, at approximately 10 pm, two groups of people dressed in black attacked the buildings belonging to the offices of Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and a Nissan with rocks and Molotov cocktails causing damage to buildings and a several vehicles.

In an action against the SCT, we have heard reports that the federal police that were guarding the building, shot several rounds into the air as a gesture of intimidation and then fired directly towards our comrades several times, but no one was hurt.

Because of this the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico City (PGJ-DF) reported that three people have been detained: They are:

Fallon poisson (Canadian)
Amelie Pillierst (Canadian)
Carlos López Martin (Mexican)

The three are anarchist comrades who participate in various affinity projects and initiatives.

For the moment, the only charges are damages, valued at 50,000 to 150,000 pesos (approx $4,000 – $12,000 US.) If the situation doesn’t worsen, the comrades could be out free on a bail of up to 120,000 pesos, plus reparations for the damages.

We want to denounce the newspaper “La Jornada” for their complicity with the authorities of the capital, with the desire that our comrades are charged for more serious crimes, by distorting the truth of what really happened, as we have seen from the story linked above that says “several explosives detonated at both buildings, and that the event took place in the early morning” but this collective – that has the total trust of our comrades – sent an anonymous note saying that the action took place at 10pm and that no explosive was used.

Update: The last update is that the Canadian consulate has visited the comrades and that the authorities of the capital are going to deport them to their country of origin, being that this is what the GDF (the government of Mexico City) has been doing with some comrades like Alfredo Bonano and Gustavo Rodríguez. That leaves Carlos López as the last person subject to investigation, so we invite solidarity in all its forms.

For any matter of solidarity, letters, greetings, monetary help, or information, please get in touch with these emails

or the email of the Anarchist Black Cross of Mexico City

Informal anti-prison collective “Prisoners to the Streets!”
Mexico City

Posted in General.

Guillaume and Yuri serving time in Montreal for 2010 G20

Re-posted from

Montreal, October 4, 2013 – Today at the Montreal courthouse, Guillaume Constantineau and Yuri Couture, two comrades from St. Jerome (near Montreal) pleaded guilty to three charges relating to their participation in the historical mobilizations against the G20 summit in Toronto, the 25, 26 and 27 June 2010. Both will serve six months of imprisonment, starting today, in a provincial jail in the Montreal area (Bordeaux).

Under an agreement reached at the end of plea negotiations between defendants and prosecutors in Toronto, the case of the two accused was transferred to Quebec, sentenced today in Montreal by judge Marc David, and will be served in Quebec. It is also agreed that no period of probation will be imposed following the imprisonment.

In addition, in exchange for a guilty plea on three counts (assault with a weapon on a police officer, possession of a weapon and mischief over $5000 ), the Crown agreed to drop all other charges filed against Yuri and Guillaume (four counts each).

to write to them (address may change):

Guillaume Constantineau
No. PAV078829-13, Aile GG2 DODO
Centre de détention Montréal – Bordeaux
800, boul. Gouin Ouest
Montréal, QC H3L 1K7

Youri Couture
No. DRM510047-10, Aile GG2 DODO
Centre de détention Montréal – Bordeaux
800, boul. Gouin Ouest
Montréal, QC H3L 1K7

Posted in G20 Update.

Eva Botten released!

Last Friday was a good day. In the cool of the morning I walked with my arm
around a friend I had never touched before, a friend who I meet through
thick glass, a friend who I only had spoken to through a phone line,
recorded. A friend whom I had only exchanged letters with, those letters
read by the screws that caged her. Eva carried a shopping bag full of papers and letters and a huge smile on her face. She climbed into our borrowed vehicle and thanked us for bringing her real coffee. We laughed and joked about how we had both cut our hair short.

Before Eva flew off to her warm home filled with cats and loved ones we had
a few hours to spend together. We resolved to head to Crawford Lake and we
found a short loop trail to hike. Along that path we discovered an apple
tree. Together walking and talking, snacking on apples, we enjoyed that
autumn day to its fullest. And even though our conversation was a bit heavy
at times our laughter echoed into the forest. It was a good day.

Eva Botten, convicted of six counts of mischief and one count of wearing a
disguise from events that occurred at 2010’s G20 in Toronto, who spent 10
months in cages of the state was released into the arms of her supporters,friends, and cats on Friday, October 18th 2013.

Posted in G20 Update, Repression, Southern Ontario.

Support Kevin Chianella

To financially support Kevin, an american facing toronto G20 charges from 2010, please visit:

If you wish to write Kevin letters, you can send them to GABC, and we will forward them on to him.

Guelph ABC
Box 183
Guelph, Ontario
N1H 6J6

Below you will find Kevin’s statement from June,


To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Kevin Chianella and I am 21 years of age. I live in new york city with my
mother and my grandmother, whom I help daily because of numerous health issues.

In late February/early March of this year, I was arrested and detained for my
alleged involvement with the Toronto G20 summit protests in 2010. I, as well as
countless others, have a series of charges and I am in need of serious help and

I am currently out on bail, and I am struggling. I do not have any financial
resources, nor do I have much support from family members. I have applied for legal
aid, and have been rejected twice because they do not believe that I’m financially
struggling. I am basically sitting in limbo, waiting for responses from my legal
team, not knowing whether or not they will even be able to continue representing me
due to the fact that I have no money to pay them. I am fearful that I will
eventually have to appear in court in Canada, like I had stated above, I am in no
financial condition to even afford round trip airfare or bus fare.

As you can probably imagine, this is becoming a plague on my mental health. Though I know there are many others who are in similar situations to myself, I feel
completely alone. I have been alienated by family members , and I am even becoming
wary of socializing with some of my friends. I am writing this with hope that some
of you can support me, and spread the message around to the community. Anything can help. To better understand what I am going through, i have provided a list of the
charges I am facing.

Thank you for reading this, and thank you to all who would like to help. I am deeply

Kevin Chianella

* Assault with a weapon (x2)
* Intimidation of justice system participant by violence (x2)
* Mischief over (x24)
* Obstruct peace officer
* Mischief endangering life (x14)
* Arson: damage to property
* Theft under (x3)
* Break and enter commit
* Assault
* Assault peace officer with a weapon

Posted in G20 Update.

Dane is out of Prison!

Reposted from Support Dane Rossman

Dear friends,

Dane is out of prison and back in the US! He took a non-cooperating plea, was sentenced to one day and about $1,500 in restitution. We will be posting a statement about his case within the week. Thank you all so much for your support during this time.

Please remember that there are still 4 other people who need support to deal with G20 extradition charges and consider donating funds or putting together an anti-repression event in your city if you are able.

Respect, love, resistance

Posted in G20 Update.

Jerry Resists

From Jerry’s support website:

Gerald “Jerry” Koch, a New York City anarchist and legal activist, has been subpoenaed for the second time to a federal grand jury investigating the same event. He was found in contempt of court on May 21, 2013, and is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, NY *Please note the change in address.


Gerald Koch




NEW YORK, NY 10007

In 2009, Jerry was subpoenaed for the first time and refused to testify. Today, as in 2009, the grand jury is being used to conduct a witch hunt against anarchists and political radicals. In refusing to testify, Jerry risks being held in contempt of court and faces incarceration in a federal prison for the duration of the grand jury, which could be up to 18 months.

Under the guise of an exploratory legal investigation, the grand jury is a secretive tool of repression that aims to intimidate and punish those who refuse to collaborate with the State. There is a long history of grand juries being used whenever the State focuses on a new “enemy”: they were used in the 1950s during the “Red Scare,” in the 1960s against the Black Panthers, and more recently against environmental and animal rights groups in what became known as the “Green Scare.”

This grand jury, like the ongoing targeting of anarchists in the Pacific Northwest, is part of a new, escalating wave of repression against anarchists nationwide, who are being persecuted specifically for their political beliefs and practices. It is no coincidence that the government would try to silence Jerry, as he has been an effective and tireless legal advocate for anarchists, Occupy Wall Street protesters, and others expressing political dissent. Jerry was the person everyone could count on to be waiting for them outside of jail, to support them in the courtroom, and to help with their legal defense. Although Jerry knew he would be in the crosshairs of the State for providing much needed legal support to hundreds of political activists, no one expected that the state would retaliate with a second subpoena. It is clear that the State’s goal is not just to pressure Jerry into informing on the radical community, but to take away someone who is an integral part of our community–someone who makes us all stronger.

By refusing to collaborate with the grand jury once again, Jerry demonstrates his great personal integrity, commitment, and support for the radical community. It is now our turn to stand by Jerry and show him the support and solidarity he deserves. It is time to send a message that, no matter how many times they come after us, we, like Jerry, will refuse to cooperate and to bargain for our freedom at the expense of our friends’ liberty.

–The Support Jerry Committee

Posted in General, Repression.

Free Jeremy Hammond

Statement from Jeremy Regarding His Plea

from Free Jeremy Hammond

Today I pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This was a very difficult decision. I hope this statement will explain my reasoning. I believe in the power of the truth. In keeping with that, I do not want to hide what I did or to shy away from my actions. This non-cooperating plea agreement frees me to tell the world what I did and why, without exposing any tactics or information to the government and without jeopardizing the lives and well-being of other activists on and offline.

During the past 15 months I have been relatively quiet about the specifics of my case as I worked with my lawyers to review the discovery and figure out the best legal strategy. There were numerous problems with the government’s case, including the credibility of FBI informant Hector Monsegur. However, because prosecutors stacked the charges with inflated damages figures, I was looking at a sentencing guideline range of over 30 years if I lost at trial. I have wonderful lawyers and an amazing community of people on the outside who support me. None of that changes the fact that I was likely to lose at trial. But, even if I was found not guilty at trial, the government claimed that there were eight other outstanding indictments against me from jurisdictions scattered throughout the country. If I had won this trial I would likely have been shipped across the country to face new but similar charges in a different district. The process might have repeated indefinitely. Ultimately I decided that the most practical route was to accept this plea with a maximum of a ten year sentence and immunity from prosecution in every federal court.

Now that I have pleaded guilty it is a relief to be able to say that I did work with Anonymous to hack Stratfor, among other websites. Those others included military and police equipment suppliers, private intelligence and information security firms, and law enforcement agencies. I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors. I did what I believe is right.

I have already spent 15 months in prison. For several weeks of that time I have been held in solitary confinement. I have been denied visits and phone calls with my family and friends. This plea agreement spares me, my family, and my community a repeat of this grinding process.

I would like to thank all of my friends and supporters for their amazing and ongoing gestures of solidarity. Today I am glad to shoulder the responsibility for my actions and to move one step closer to daylight.

Jeremy Hammond

Write to Jeremy:

Jeremy Hammond
 Metropolitan Correctional Center
150 Park Row
New York, New York 10007

Posted in General, Repression.