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FBI cracking down on “Anarchist” activists in Portland, Olympia, Seattle…Solidarity Statement in support of activists

On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle.

They subpoenaed several people to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers, black clothing and anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in Seattle in July and earlier raids of squats in Portland.

Solidarity Statement

Though the FBI has said that the raids are part of a violent crime investigation, the truth is that the federal authorities are conducting a political witch-hunt against anarchists and others working toward a more just, free, and equal society.

The warrants served specifically listed anarchist literature as evidence to be seized, pointing to the fact that the FBI and police are targeting this group of people because of their political ideas.

Pure and simple, these raids and the grand jury hearings are being used to intimidate people whose politics oppose the State’s agenda.

During a time of growing economic and ecological crises that are broadly affecting people across the world, it is an attempt to push back any movement towards creating a world that is humane, one that meets every person’s needs rather than serving only the interests of the rich.

This attack does not occur in a vacuum.

Around the country and around the world, people have been rising up and resisting an economic system that puts the endless pursuit of profit ahead of the basic needs of humanity and the Earth.

From the Arab Spring, to the Occupy movement, and to Anaheim, people are taking to the streets. In each of these cases, the State has responded with brutal repression.

This is not a coincidence.

It is a long-term strategy by state agencies to stop challenges to a status quo that exploits most of the world’s people.

We, the undersigned, condemn this and all other repression.

While we may have differences in ideology or chose to use different tactics, we understand that we are in a shared struggle to create a just, free, and liberated world, and that we can only do this if we stand together.

We will not let scare tactics or smear campaigns divide us, intimidate us, or stop us from organizing and working for a better world.

No more witch-hunts!

An injury to one is an injury to all.


What follows is a list of organizations and associations that supported the activists freedom of expression:

Signed: Committee Against Political Repression, Freedom Archives, Sacramento Prisoner Support Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Critical Resistance Stop the Injunctions,  Coalition National Jericho Movement for Political Prisoners, and Prisoners of War Civil Liberties Defense Center, We Are Oregon Portland Jobs with Justice Rose City Cop Watch Bayan-USA Pacific Northwest Region Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC) Red Spark (Kasama) Earth First! Journal collective Repeal Coalition 1st of May Anarchist Alliance Black Unity Movement The Institute for Anarchist Studies Connect the Dots Oregon Jericho Parasol Climate Collective Portland Anarchist Black Cross Right to Survive Right to Dream 2 Rosehips Medic Collective Communities United Against Police Brutality The Radical Anti-Capitalist Caucus, of Occupy Portland Students on Strike Organizing Committee Autonomous Workers’ Group Occupy Oakland Anti Repression Committee Oakland Occupy Patriarchy Oakland Occupy Legal East Bay Solidarity Network Portland Animal Defense League Cascadians Against War PDX Bike Swarm Northbay Movement for a Democratic Society Solano Peace and Justice Coalition Solano Peace and Freedom Party Northbay Uprising Radio Collective MN Anti-War Committee Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community Redwood Curtain CopWatch Occupy Eureka Arizona Prison Watch All Power to the Positive podcast Justice for Palestinians, San Jose, CA OccupyLV Culture of Resistance Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan Blazing Arrow Organization Portland International Socialist Organization Anti-Racist Action-LA/People Against Racist Terror The Portland World Citizens’ United Front The Wild Poppies Collective Everglades Earth First! The Center For A Stateless Society Black Orchid Collective Hella503 Collective Portland Rising Tide Laughing Horse Book and Film Collective Occupy 4 Prisoners, Oakland Night Heron Grassroots Activist Center Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition New York Taskforce for Political Prisoners The North American Anarchist Studies Network, Cleveland 4 Support Group Freedom Socialist Party Socialist Action Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County Justice for Randy L. Dixon Rivera & Family Peace Resource Center Occupy Washington DC Occupy Peace House DC BDS LA for Justice in Palestine The American Iranian Friendship Committee NYC Jericho Movement Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee, NYC Chapter New Direction Fest Socialist Viewpoint Magazine Bay Area United Against War Newsletter, Al-Nakba Awareness Project, Social Democrats USA-Socialist Party, USA The Young Social Democrats-Young Peoples’ Socialist League Alliance for Global Justice Nicaragua Network Campaign for Labor Rights New York City Labor Against the War Labor for Palestine Libertalia Autonomous Space Community Futures Collective The International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 Workers World Party International Action Center East Bay Saturday Dialogues Soa Watch South Florida Socialist Viewpoint #OPDX WORKERS ACTION Occupy Kalamazoo Good Morning Revolution Wandering Llama Press Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee Occupy Denver Citizens Against Corruption Mutant Legal Collective NYC The Northampton (MA) Committee to Stop the Wars South Chicago ABC Zine Distro Defending Dissent Foundation Occupy Seattle Street Medics Vashon Women In Black Veterans For Peace, Linus Pauling Chapter 132 Organic Consumers Association World Can’t Wait Internationalist Prison Books Collective, Collective A-GoGo Alliance of the Libertarian Left of New England Earth First! Prisoner Support Project The Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) Collective Wednesday Media Distro, The Alice Committee Liberty Tree Foundation Grand Jury Resistance Project Alliance for Peace and Justice of Western Massachusetts Welfare Rights Committee (Mpls/St. Paul, MN) Socialist Organizer Occupy LCC (Lane Community College) Phoenix Class War Council The Wingnut Anarchist Collective Richmond Copwatch the ART lab The People’s Tribunal (SF Bay Area) San Jose Peace & Justice Center Citizens for Legitimate Government New York Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition Unite Left Review Anarchy-1 radio Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement Queers Without Borders Olympia Coalition for a Fair Budget Charm City Anarchist Black Cross Blue Heron Infoshop Portland Books to Prisoners, Move on Desert Council Progressive Democrats Of America Desert Chapter, Occupy Colorado Springs Support Vegans in the Prison System Denver Anarchist Black Cross Twin Cities IWW General Defense Committee Local 14 Decolonize PDX Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Animal Defense League of Salt Lake City Seattle Communist Study Group Our World In Depth Grupo El Heraldo The Portland Solidarity Network Portland IWW Workers Solidarity Alliance Occupy New Haven NYC Anarchist Black Cross Filipino Association of Workers and Immigrants CODEPINK LI, Women for Peace News and Letters Committees MN Peace Action Coalition Progressive Global Commons Communities For Justice And Peace, Peace Action of San Mateo County Fighting Union Caucus-Iowa No Biomass Burn (Washington State) Girl Army Self Defense People of Faith CT The Phoenix Commune Modesto Anarcho Crew May 1st Coalition 4 Worker & Immigrant Rights occupy syracuse Oakland Occubus Committee Oakland Assembly of Unemployed NATO 5 Support Committee South Bay Committee Against Political Repression CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm our developing world American Muslims for Palestine People’s Community Medics Responsible Marijuana Project Austin Prisoner Support CT-ABC Teamster Defense Guard Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights Prison Activist Resource Center Cascadia Earth First The Purple Thistle Centre SOAW-LA Burning Books The MOVE Organization Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace Freedom Road Socialist Organization Chicago Committee Against Political Repression International Action Center Olympia Students for a Democratic Society Seattle Young People’s Project Seattle Copwatch Bayou La Rose October 22 Coalition To Stop Police Brutality – Seattle Affiliate AK Press, Third coast conspiracy the occupy Portland, livestream team Common Struggle Libertarian Communist Federation National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms International Action Center Seattle Austin People’s Legal Collective Occupy Together Steampunk Magazine Combustion Books Berkeley Copwatch Edmonton anarchist bookfair collective No Nukes Action Committee The Holdout the 4th CD/St. Paul Green Party Food For Thought Cafe Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation (WWFOR) Peacemakers of Schoharie County, New York Kaua`i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice Seattle United Against FBI Repression International Solidarity Movement – Northern California Free Palestine Movement Action for the Earth The Mike Cannon Show The Red & Black Collective The Crooked Bough blog Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice Portland State University Students for Unity The Flying Brick Library GLITUR, the Grand Legion of Incendiary and Tenacious Unicorn Revolutionaries Radical Women Resistance PHL Wild Rose Collective Winnipeg Copwatch Philly Stands Up! Collective Seattle chapter of the International Socialist Organization 68’ anarchist collective #MicCheckWallS Portland chapter of Anti-Racist Action Occupy Corvallis The JED Collective, Greene Maine Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism — Corvallis Chapter Food Fight! Grocery Red Bird Prison Abolition Women Against Military Madness Snitch Watch AFFECT Four Star Anarchist Organization Occupy Rogers Park The Richmond General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World Left Bank Books Last Word Books & Press Last Earth Distro Earthlight Books Central Texas ABC A New World In Our Hearts TRANSCENDERARTS FIST! (Feminists In Solidarity Together) Occupy Homes MN Mondragon Worker Collective Anarchist Collective Howl the Nuclear Resister Staff of Seattle Revolution Books TESC Divest! Pacific Green Party of Oregon Class War Camp War Resisters League Timeless, Infinite Light The Learning Man Project

To add your group’s name to the solidarity statement, please email:

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“Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi resigned from her last academic post at the Tabatabai University in Tehran.  The administration refused for two years to accept the resignation. It is not polite to resign: It is the system that takes the initiative to fire people…

It is the fall of 1995. Azar decided to invite 8 of her best female students to visit her at her home every Thursday morning to discuss literature.  (Thursday and Friday are week-end in Moslem countries).

The theme of the meetings is “Relation between fiction and reality“. Nafisi repeated her warning:

“Do not, at any circumstances, belittle a work of fiction. Refrain from trying to turn a fiction story into a carbon copy of real life….We search in fiction the epiphany of truth…”

One male student insisted on his rights to be included, and he was allowed to read the assigned books and talk on special days.

The girls would shed their veils, scarves, loose black robes…as they entered this sanctuary of mind “open space”: Splashes of color separated the girls, their styles, clothes, length of hair, smiles, laughters…Even the two girls who insisted on keeping their head scarves didn’t look the same.

The girls gained individual outline, shape, inimitable self.

The window faced the Elburz Mountain Chains, covered with snow even in summer.

This reading sanctuary mocked the reality of the black scarves, timid faces in this sprawled city, confiscated and driven underground…

To Azar, the work of fiction that would most resonate with lives in this Islamic Republic of Iran are:

1. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

2. 1984 (George orwell)

3. Invitation to a beheading (Vladimir Nabokov)

4. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)…

For two years, rain or shine, the students arrived to discuss their reading assignments. Only one student defaulted early on.

This circle of girls read Persian classical literature, A thousand and One Night, Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austin), Madam Bovary (Flaubert), Daisy Miller, The Dean’s December, and Lolita

You have got to use your imagination, picturing girls defying the tyranny of time, politics, ideologies, constraints, the absurd and arbitrary decisions…Girls who didn’t dare imagine themselves other than how they were defined in the family and community…

Girls who transcended to other “open spaces“, of most private and secret moments, most extraordinary instances of life, listening to music, falling in love, walking down shady streets, reading Lolita in Tehran…

Girls giving a different color to Tehran, redefining Nabokov’s novel, and extending variations on Lolita…




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