Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer Subpoenaed for Grand Jury

Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer Subpoenaed for Grand Jury

anon – Sat, 2012-11-03 11:46
From No Political RepressionOn October 25, 2012 a fifth subpoena was served to Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer to appear before the federal grand jury on November 7, 2012.Pfeiffer’s statement:

On October 25th, the day before my 23rd birthday, two FBI agents wearing ill-fitting khakis and too much gel in their hair, served me a subpoena for 9am on November 7th. I knew my fate right away: 18 months in SeaTac Federal Detention Center. Matt, Kteeo and Leah have all been imprisoned for their refusal and I will be the next. Despite the urgings of lawyers, agents and judges, I only have one option: non-cooperation. Any other option is unthinkable.

I am being asked to testify before a Grand Jury on November 7th and will likely be detained on that date for refusing to cooperate. The vultures of the state will try to imprison my comrades and me until we give in. We will never give in.

From so many different perspectives, for so many reasons, snitching is never an option. I will never betray the people I care about, the ideas which I hold dear, or the commitments I have made. I will never give any information about crimes, should I have any knowledge of them, nor will I give information about my personal relationships. I will never cooperate with this or any attempt to stop struggle. I will never cooperate with the systems of control which I loathe. If the federal government chooses to imprison me for my refusal, then so be it. I expect no less from them.

The official reason the state gives for imprisoning those who refuse to cooperate is to coerce testimony. If they know anything about me or my friends, they know that this will never work. Some have said that this Grand Jury is about trying to repress people’s political opinions and free speech. No doubt this is true. My subpoena states that I am being asked to testify about events that took place on May 1st. The state is trying to use broken windows as a reason to ruin people’s lives. This is absurd, and I will oppose it to the fullest. This life-ruining system which they call “justice” is organized to defend property and capitalism. This system is against everything I believe in.

My imminent imprisonment is an attempt to disrupt struggle against domination in all its forms. What the vultures cannot understand is that attempts to repress this struggle will only embolden it, whether we are inside the walls of the Federal Detention Center or in the streets. The growing list of solidarity actions, from St. Louis to France, demonstrate an inspiring continuity in this regard.

In silence, we roar!
Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer

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Another Anarchist Subpoenaed to Grand Jury, as Leah Lynn Plante Denied Support

by Will Potter on October 30, 2012

in Terrorism Court Cases

Another anarchist has been subpoenaed to a federal grand jury in Seattle investigating political activists in the Pacific Northwest, while a support group for grand jury resisters has decided to withdraw support from Leah Lynn Plante until she provides information about her terms of release from jail.

On October 25, 2012, two FBI agents served Matthew “Maddy” Pfeiffer with a subpoena in Olympia, Washington. Pfeiffer is scheduled to appear before the grand jury in Seattle on November 7. Three others have already been imprisoned for refusal to cooperate in any way, and Pfeiffer expects to be the fourth. In a statement Pfeiffer said:

I will never betray the people I care about, the ideas which I hold dear, or the commitments I have made. I will never give any information about crimes, should I have any knowledge of them, nor will I give information about my personal relationships. I will never cooperate with this or any attempt to stop struggle. I will never cooperate with the systems of control which I loathe. If the federal government chooses to imprison me for my refusal, then so be it. I expect no less from them…

Meanwhile, the Committee Against Political Repression, which is one of the support groups for grand jury resisters, has announced that it will no longer be supporting Leah Lynn Plante. Plante was imprisoned for her refusal to testify about her political beliefs and political associations, and due to a massive amount of publicity she became a public face associated with the grand jury resistance.

After a week imprisoned, Plante was released on October 17th. That news wasn’t shared with the public until several days later. I was in the Northwest for speaking events in Eugene and Portland on the 17th and 18th, and spoke at length about her case and called for people to make donations and write her; no one knew she was actually out of jail, not even those who self-identified as her friends and supporters at the events.

A few days later Plante released a cryptic statement that began “do not panic.” It also said she was traumatized that she could have been imprisoned for the 18-month grand jury term. Since then she has made other statements about internet commenters remarking about her appearance, and her supporters have posted cat photos, but no one will say anything about the grand jury.

The Committee Against Political Repression said it has withdrawn support until Plante provides information about the terms of her release: “We do not know what was said at that hearing. In the time since her release, Leah has not offered details regarding the subjects of the hearing, her response, or about her release. CAPR is withdrawing support for Leah until we get information regarding her grand jury hearing.”

I delayed commenting about any of this because it is such a sensitive situation. Grand juries are secretive by nature, so it is impossible to know what was said during a hearing. It’s impossible to know if someone cooperated, and it’s impossible to know if they refused but were released in order to foster distrust and skepticism amongst their supporters. However, in light of Plante’s refusal to communicate what actually happened two weeks ago, and in light of a new subpoena, CAPR’s response seems appropriately cautious.

A support rally is being organized for Maddy Pfeiffer on November 7th in Seattle.

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Beloved Cyclist “Chuey” Munkanta Beaten Unconscious and Arrested By Police

Beloved Cyclist “Chuey” Munkanta Beaten Unconscious and Arrested By Police

Posted by Kevin Montgomery on Thu, 10/25/2012 – 11:39am

Kachusha “Chuey” Munkanta is one of the most beloved figures in the San Francisco cycling community.  He’s known internationally for his hand-made cycling caps, made and sold right here in the Mission.  And everyone, from MASH to PD Bird, know him to be a “peaceful” and “non-violent” person.  He even delivers coffee, by bike, for De La Paz Coffee Roasters–a company undeniably of peace.

So it’s with great shock and disgust that we learn of his arrest and police beating while trying to monitor SFPD’s treatment of Latinos.  A close friend of his forwarded along his story:

Thursday night/ Friday morning Chuey stopped on the side of the street in the Mission when he saw the cops having 4 Latinos lined up against a gate. He stopped to make sure the youth were being fairly treated.

The cops then asked him to cross the street, when Chuey said he couldn’t observe from across the street. They (2-3 cops) jumped him as he was hugging his bike. They wrestled him to the ground then continued to push him into the ground, twisting his arm, slamming his head into the ground. He was in jail for almost 24 hours and released after his family paid bail. They charged him with 3 felonies for assaulting 3 cops with enough force to cause grave bodily harm and  2 misdemeanors for resisting arrest.

Chuey was released on $150,000 bail and arraigned yesterday afternoon at the Superior Court of California, where he was issued a public defender.  Chuey is also faced with steep medical costs after having to visit the ER for his injuries, where doctors advised him to have a cat scan.

Currently, there is no fundraiser planned to aid in his defense, but friends are encouraging people to purchase his caps, helping support him financially in any way possible.  You can get his caps online at Mission Bicycle or MASH (who will donate all proceeds to his defense), or in person at Box Dog Bikes or Pushbike.

Update: Roaring Mouse Cycles are also donating their cut of Chuey caps to his legal aid. All Hail the Black Market is also donating proceeds from certain t-shirt sales.

Update II: Because people are questioning the accuracy and “bias” of this post, we feel we must remind readers that SFPD does not comment on “ongoing investigations.”

Update III: Stevil writes in letting us know that friends have begun raising money to aid in his defense on Indiegogo.


Up Town Almanac

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Anti-Columbus Day Arrestees Face Charges

Anti-Columbus Day Arrestees Face Charges
by Finch K.
Friday Oct 19th, 2012 10:01 AM

The Anti-Columbus Day demonstrators face misdemeanor charges, pending court dates.

Two weeks after their arrest, 19 demonstrators arrested on October 6 still need our support. Those arrested were charged with a variety of misdemeanor charges on Friday October 12, and three face charges of resisting arrest, battery and rioting. The first court date for those charged is Friday, October 26 at 1:30 at 850 Bryant St in San Francisco.

The Anti-Columbus Day demonstrators were arrested at the October 6 Anti-Colonial/Anti-Capitalist demonstration in the San Francisco Financial District after police claimed they threw stones and other projectiles at officers. A video of the attack shows police rushed protesters at the intersection of California and Battery:

The arrestees were held on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor crimes, and several were bailed out prior to arraignment. The San Francisco district attorney reportedly dropped charges against Michael Pellagatti, a visiting livestreamer from New York that spoke with SF Weekly and told them “There was a lot of craziness and back-and-forth between protesters and police. I can’t say for sure who was to blame” and emphasized that he was wearing a gray sweater, not a black one.

HOW YOU CAN HELP We need to pressure the San Francisco DA to DROP THE CHARGES! You can contact the San Francisco DA over the phone at (415)332-1751 and on Twitter at @SFDAOffice. Demand that the office drop charges against ALL of the protesters immediately!

Pack the court! Show up at 850 Bryant to support those arrested. We need to show the demonstrators that we have their backs and that we won’t be cowed by state repression.

Support the legal costs of anti-repression work! You can donate to the Occupy Oakland bail fund here – note that the amount collected represents the overall amount raised and does not represent the money left after months of state action. You can support arrested protesters from Seattle here and two protesters that borrowed bail money from family and friends here.

Call the DA! Get the word out! Fight back against state repression!


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Did the Bureau of Prisons Acknowledge the Existence of Political Prisoners in the United States?

Not long ago, we reported on the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) rejecting packets of updates and announcements that we send to prisoners every other week. One prisoner in particular, Daniel McGowan, has consistently been denied these packets. As a result, NYC Anarchist Black Cross receives rejection forms from the BOP. These are typically boilerplate forms, with some note about the correspondence being “detrimental to the security, good order, and discipline of the institution.” However, in June, the form was slightly different and so was the reasoning for the material being returned.

The form had a list of unauthorized materials with boxes next to each to be checked. According to the BOP, we sent in “Other (specify below).” In the notes section read the following:

Of course this struck us as odd, considering that the BOP, and the entire United States government for that matter, consistently denies the existence of political prisoners in this country. You can download the entire document here.

So which is it, BOP? Are you imprisoning our comrades based on their politics and political actions? Or does the Bureau regularly hire incompetents like Correctional Systems Officer J. Gregg, who signed off on this rejection? We’re guessing it’s a little from column A and a little from column B.

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Denver ABC Bail Bond Support Needed

From Facebook (Denver Anarchist Black Cross):

At least 7 arrests, possibly 8, at the O22 march tonight. We need help with bond money! If you can help out please contact us:
(720) 328-3431


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First and foremost, do not panic.

Leah wanted for us to express these points to you with this news:

  • She is extremely traumatized and experienced a lot of very, very bad things,  but she is alive. The state of her mental health is also very bad.
  • She asks that people do not jump to wild conclusions about her release because they do not apply.
  • She spent her whole time in SHU / Administrative Detention (solitary confinement) and was told that that is where she would stay for the duration of her incarceration, up to 18 months. She was classified as “different” from Matt and Kteeo.
  • She received probably near 200 pieces of mail, books, postcards in 4 days (mail was not delivered to her every day) and was glad for it, and knows probably a similar amount is being returned to sender right now. She urges people to step up support for Matt and Kteeo on all fronts. Books that didn’t get to her probably go into the prison library, which is still a good thing because from what we heard their selection is limited to romance novels and religious literature.
  • More information is going to be released. At this time, Leah needs space from media. She is overwhelmed by all the publicity. Regardless of who you are, if you have her personal information, PLEASE do not call her, email her, or try to locate her in order to question her. Give her space until she asks otherwise.
  • She was released the night of 10/17. She did not make it public immediately because she did not want the “media shitstorm” to jump down her throat yet.
  • She is very moved by the amount of support and solidarity there has been for her, she expressed concern that Matt and Kteeo were not getting as much publicity. Please write them, support them, send them books. 

Again, to reiterate, more information is going to be released in a few days.

Thank you all for keeping an ear to the ground and for supporting these people.


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The Hunger Strike Continues As Amazon Refuses to Take Water

“We are holding up as strong as ever and can feel the support radiating at us.  We will continue.  We will win.”

–Amazon and Cat, 10/11/12

What follows is a detailed summary of the Gender Anarky hunger strike thus far, written entirely in the words of Amazon and Cat.  Read it, and be ready to keep calling every day until their demands are met:

“In September 2012, Sister Amazon and Cat began a hunger strike to protest the prison’s refusal to allow them to be cellmates, while allowing male gender-identity prisoners to cell up with whoever they want.  The strike began when Amazon’s case worker, Ms. Lignell, began to give sham reasons for not initiating the administrative process that would make it possible for Amazon and Cat o be cell-mates.  Amazon has been on single-cell status for 14 years due to in-cell abuse and violence on her by men.  Upon her arrival at Donovan in early August, the warden advised her to “find a partner” so that she may be double-celled.  Apparently, the prison wanted as many beds available as possible, and making it possible for Amazon to have a cellmate would lend itself to this.  Otherwise, she is the sole occupant in a cell with two beds.  Amazon was agreeable.  Soon, she informed case worker Lignell that she and Cat wished to be cellmates, and requested committee action for double-celling.  She also corresponded this to the yard captain, whom the warden had advised to review Amazon’s cell status.

Once case worker Lignell saw that it was two transwomen who wanted to be cell with each other she began a series of deceptive maneuvers to avoid and prevent the process of taking Amazon off single-cell status.  It is the political opinion of Amazon and Cat that Lignell is a feminist of the type hostile to Transsexual women.  For example, at one point Lignell told Amazon that all committee hearings had been cancelled for two weeks, for the entire yard.  She had no explanation for this, stating she did not know why this happened.  However, when Amazon’s therapist called Lignell about the situation Lignell said that she needed two weeks to do an evaluation report before Amazon can appear at committee, and that this was the delay.  When questioned about the inconsistency, Lignell assured Amazon that she would be the first to go to committee in two weeks and that her and Cat would be celled up.  But the girls were not persuaded, and at this point began their hunger strike, on Sept. 21.  They submitted medical form 7362, Health Care Services Request Form, to the Clinic to inform of their strike and asked for daily monitoring of their health while on strike.

On September 23, a sergeant and psychiatrist interviewed the two girls, who reiterated their strike reasons and what was needed to resolve it– their celling together.  Daily monitoring of their vital signs began.  On September 24th, three days into the strike, Cat began to vomit liquid, as the girls were only drinking water.  On Sept. 25th, Cat vomited green bile (possibly due to her medication) shortly after vital signs were taken by an RN in the nearby medical office.  Amazon immediately informed a guard of Cat’s condition, and the guard informed the RN on duty, Roucher.  However, the RN refused to see Cat again, requiring her to fill out another 7362 form to be seen.  But daily monitoring of the girls’ health was covered by the initial 7362 form informing of the hunger strike.  RN Boucher was simply trying to cover up the incident, hush it, and was punishing and harassing Cat for being on a hunger strike by requesting another 7362, and to delay treatment to cause her to suffer more and to charge her an additional $5 for medical services with a new 7362.  The girls refused to go along.

On Sept. 26th, he fifth day of the strike, the warden, who was aware of the strike since day one, appeared at the girls’ housing unit.  Warden Paramo heard the girls out, Amazon reminding him of his instruction to her to find a partner for double-celling, that her and Cat were in agreement to cell up, and that Lignell was unduly delaying and avoiding the process.  Warden Paramo then gave his word to the girls that he would look into the situation and take appropriate action, and asked the girls to begin eating in a good faith gesture.  That night, the girls ended the hunger strike and ate dinner.

By the following week, however, no action had been taken, and while committee hearings were being held Amazon was not summoned.  This flew in the face of Lignell’s promise that Amazon would be taken off single-cell status, and flew in the face of the Warden’s promise to resolve the matter.  Therefore, on October 5th, 2012, the sisters once again went on strike.

As of this writing, Oct. 9th, the girls have been on strike for five days.  On Oct. 9th, they also stopped taking water, informing medical via 7362 of this escalation of their strike.  On Oct. 5th, Amazon weighed 202 lbs. at 6’1″.  On October 6th, she weighed 195 lbs.  On October 7th, 192.  On October 8th, she maintained 192 lbs.  On October 9th, 189.  A loss of 13 lbs in four days.  Cat has also lost weight drastically, and is struggling with disorientation and fatigue.

The girls have noticed that RN Boucher has been fudging the entries of their vitals, inaccurately recording their actual weight, misstating their reason for hunger striking, and not entering in the flow sheet that records hunger strike information that Amazon is no longer taking liquids.  When she pointed out this omission to Boucher, he left a “yes” response to the question of whether liquids were being taken by her and entered in the brackets that she claims she is not drinking water.  A couple of times Boucher forgot completely to weigh the girls.  So they have taken to recording their vitals themselves on notepads for their own information, and keep a strict log of everything going on with them while on the strike.  Depending on the course of things, they may eventually file a lawsuit about it, and the accuracy of the facts will be critical.

It is worth noting that the guards have been trying to entice the girls into ending their strike.  One guard offered to let them visit in Cat’s cell for a few hours if they start eating.  The insinuation was not lost on the girls, that their real motive for the hunger strike was to have sex with each other.  They considered the proposition an insult and utterly rejected it.

For decades hundreds of Transsexual women throughout California prisons have been undergoing brutal violence and rape because prisoncrats refuse to implement a Transsexual housing policy wherein such girls are safely housed and celled among themselves, and instead house them in dangerous environments where they will be abused and hurt, possibly killed, driven to suicide, going to solitary confinement to preserve their lives.  Or stuck on single-cell status for endless years.  For many girls it is a life of desperation not worth living.  It is a genocidal policy, intentional, meant to punish and terrify the girls just because they are girls.  We will not allow this happen or continue unchallenged.  We will take up the challenge and resist with all our might, tooth and nail, and with our minds, sustained only by our kind and by an uncompromising spirit that glows within and keeps our resistance aflame, alive, throbbing, vibrating.  The struggle for safe housing and for exclusive Transsexual housing for those who prefer it is a single aspect of Transsexual resistance in the California prisons.  It is a human rights issue.

Gender Anarky Party stands for the union of all oppressed genderfags and for aggressive resistance against our oppressors, whatever disguise they wear.  In this we will not take one step backward.  The Transsexual resistance movement that is Gender Anarky advocates militant uncompromise and daring measures in the endless struggle  for our peace and freedom.  We are in the trenches of society, in the trenches of prisons, zealous in our confrontation with the oppressor, assured of victory, welcoming Martyrdom.

We urge our supporters to continue to confront Donovan Prison Warden Paramo and the Secretary of Corrections in Sacramento, California, to allow Transsexual women to cell with each other, and to establish exclusive Transsexual housing units for their safety.  Join this resistance.  Make your voice heard.

Resist for Transsexual Human Rights, Transsexual Peace, and Transsexual Freedom!

Action builds resistance!  Build up the resistance!

To Transsexual Women Everywhere:

Do you resist?  If not, why not?  If so, join Gender Anarky.  Begin a Gender Anarky column in your area.  Dare to struggle and dare to win.”

Gender Anarchy

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Leah-Lynn Plant October 10th

Leah-Lynn Plante – October 10th 2012 from Because We Must on Vimeo.

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Help the NorthwestGrand Jury Resistors

Definition of Witchhunt
The searching out and deliberate harrassment of those (as political opponents) with unpopular views.

To donate to their defense fund:

To write directly to Leah-Lynn and the others:

Leah-Lynne Plante
FDC SeaTac
PO Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Matthew Kyle Duran #42565-086
FDC SeaTac,
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

Katherine Olejnik #42592-086
FDC SeaTac,
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198

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