- Category: Repression
- Created on Sunday, 16 September 2012 22:24
- Written by Matt Duran
Matt Duran on Northwest grand jury witchhunt: Resist!
Posted by kasama on September 16, 2012
This letter comes from Matt Duran who was just sent to prison for refusing to provide information to the Grand Jury.
Friends and comrades,
My name is Matt Duran and I will do everything I can to resist this Grand Jury.
I’m releasing this as it’s come to my attention that the strategy my lawyer and I have been working under will more than likely not work; the prosecution wants to grant me immunity before I even have a chance to testify.
I want to make it clear that I am in no way ever cooperating with the state now or ever.
Anyone who knows me well enough to be a close friend knows that I will fight with my political allies and for them with every fiber of my being.
If I ever did cooperate, it would bring an immeasurable amount of shame upon myself, my community, and my family as they have risked more in resistance than I have in my life so far.
This is not the first time that the State has attempted to kidnap me,
extort money from me, and take me away from my family, loved ones, and
comrades. The last time, the State even went so far as to create lies in
order to put me away. Bearing this in mind as well as the institutional
racism I face every day, I have long ago accepted that I am going to go to
prison at some point in my lifetime. This compounded with the fact that I
have such an amazing amount of support, to the degree that I don’t even
know what to do with it, allows me to know that I am going to make it no
matter what is thrown at me.
People should know that this is more than likely not the end of this, the
State will continue this Grand Jury well after my comrades and I locked up.
Whatever happens, I want you to know that you are not alone and are more
than capable of handling whatever is thrown at you. They would not be doing
this if we were not successful in any respect; if we kept to our ivory
towers debating what is more revolutionary and not actively creating
conflict, we would not be facing this repression. Do not stop the struggle,
keep organizing and fighting or they will have won. When the Haymarket
massacre took place all those years ago and the martyrs were hung for their
desire for a better life, the State attempted to crush all radicals.
Clearly, this did not work then and it won’t work now. If this was their
desire, they have failed in every aspect of it as I have not seen anything
other than flagrant disregard for them across the globe. Keep the struggle
in your hearts and minds and do not bend to their will. They will never be
able to destroy us no matter how hard they try.