I Tell Em, Slow Down, You Know You Can't Catch Me.

<table><tr><td><em>I would like to start by saying that I send nothing but love and unbreakable solidarity to my alleged subpoenaed non-cooperating comrades, especially Leah. Whether we called each other friends in the past or have never even met, through this experience our struggle is even more connected.

About two weeks ago I received some information that led me to believe that the FBI was searching for me in order to serve a subpoena. While in all actuality, and in the eyes of the court, this is nothing more than someone playing a cruel joke on me, I remain very startled. So startled, that i decided I should get out of town for a while, to a place where I would feel more safe. Luckily, I have more than enough support from my friends and loved ones to make this situation bearable. I want to thank all the comrades and friends who have helped through the beginning of this rough situation. Whether they be on the West Coast, East Coast, or anywhere else in the world.</em></td><td><img title="It's fuckn fission" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2008/nuclei.jpg"></td></tr></tab...

My hesitation at even the thought of participating in Grand Jury does not have anything to do with “rights” or “justice”. While yes, technically a Grand Jury would be a violation of my civil rights, I do not want spend time on getting caught up on words that have such little meaning to me. I have no desire to view myself as a victim, or someones whose rights have been violated. Instead, I understand that the state views myself and my comrades as enemies, and they will do whatever they can to stifle our struggle, providing they can get away with it. The gathering of this Grand Jury is not surprising or unexpected, but that does not make it hurt any less. I completely understand that others in a similar situation want to exercise their rights to be kept out of prison, and I will absolutely stand by whatever the other allegedly subpoenaed comrades chose to do. Different people chose to resist in different ways and this is fine, as long as everyone remains non-cooperating I see no problem with any decisions that my comrades would make.

It is clear that the State is trying to send us a message, and may they hear our response. Our passion for freedom is stronger than their prisons! But our passion for each other is stronger than any feeling the vultures of the State will ever know! I am so happy to see how much support there has already been in response to this event! Much love to Seattle, Bloomington, The Bay, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and any other place I forgot, your actions and words make this experience a whole lot easier. All the material,emotional, and monetary support I have also received means the world to me, and I’m very thankful to have such great friends and comrades. It has been a wonderful experience getting to know new people on this journey thus far. But each time I’m introduced to someone, it’s very hard to not think of all those friends who I will not see for a long time. I imagine this is going to get easier with time. At the very rare chance that I am actually being subpoenaed this Grand Jury, I could not find myself in a better situation. I have the support and love from my friends, the feeling of safety, and the unbreakable solidarity that I share with my comrades. To quote a famous contemporary poet. “Tryna keep up wit me, but it’s nothing to me.”

I love you all and hopefully I will be seeing you soon.

Long live Anarchy!

Anonymous

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I will be thinking of you as I eat those tacos this evening dearest comrade ;)

and that nacho bell grande

I will be thinking of you as I eat this soup and salmon this evening comrade.

Much love and solidarity. You're truly inspiring.

<3

-()l-

Can't stop the chaos! May good luck and good friends await you wherever you go.

I will be thinking of you as I sleep alone tonight comrad. Wish you were here.

the author’s use of ‘they’ [i.e. “the state views myself and my comrades as enemies,.... and THEY will do..] is ambiguous since ‘they’ can be used either in the singular or in the plural. this raises the question as to what is actually intended by ‘they’;

“I understand that the state views myself and my comrades as enemies, and THEY will do whatever they can to stifle our struggle, providing THEY can get away with it. / It is clear that the State is trying to send us a message, and may THEY hear our response. Our passion for freedom is stronger than THEIR prisons! But our passion for each other is stronger than any feeling THE VULTURES OF THE STATE will ever know!”

the intended sense of 'they' is nicely clarified by the term ‘Vultures of the State’ [‘VOTS’?], and it is a very useful clarification in my opinion, since as social transformation continues, it is important to distinguish the many people who are supporters of the ‘state’ [quote/unquote] who are not ‘Vultures of the State’.

one can look at it this way; the ‘stateless’ ‘Five Nation Iroquois Confederacy’ had an identity based on the common values of these people, NOT on the common belief in a supreme central power whose laws they must obey if they resided ‘within the territory’. for any modern ‘sovereign state’, such as the U.S. or Canada or Greece or France etc., there may be implicit common values that cultivate ‘coherency’ across the group that are not the same as ‘common belief in a supreme central authority’. For example, the common values in Quebec unify the francophone population and this shows up in the largely francophone student protests and the talk of another referendum on, ... well, they call it ‘sovereigntism’, but it is really in the first instance ‘de-colonization’ [getting out from under the thumb of the Canadian state’s supreme central authority whose values they do NOT have 'in common'], ... and ‘sovereigntism’ is the only currently available ‘default’ for arranging ‘decolonization’.

the point is that there is no reason to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’; i.e. to throw out those supporting the 'Confederacy of people' on the basis of ‘common values’, in disassociating from those with a hardline ‘common belief' in a supreme central authority'. thus when we use the term, ‘the state’, it implies a centralized 'power' that IS COMING FROM BOTH ‘common values’ amongst the people, and from ‘common belief' in a supreme central authority.

this is why a term like ‘Vultures of the State’ is very useful to make this distinction, that the set of all those that cultivate coherency in the 'state/confederacy' from their common values, are not all members of the set of those that have a hardline ‘common belief’ in the supreme central authority of the state, so that a term like ‘Vultures of the State’ makes an important distinction. thus, when one says; “I understand that the state views myself and my comrades as enemies, and THEY will do whatever they can to stifle our struggle”, it is useful/important to distinguish between the common values based supporters of the Confederacy of Peoples, and those with a common belief in the ‘supreme central authority of the state’ that claims the right to control the behaviours of all who reside within the legally defined space. for example, only a minority amongst the large francophone population in Québec, who share common values not only amongst themselves but with others, and not just francophones, from coast to coast and perhaps in vermont and louisiana etc, would share a common belief in a supreme central authority based in Ottawa that claims the right to control the behaviours of all those who reside within the legally-defined sovereign state space of Canada.

the hardline 'common believers' that feel threatened and demand a severe response when the common belief in a supreme central authority is called into question; i.e. the ‘Vultures of the State’ should be distinguished from those whose support for the ‘Confederacy’ [of people of the U.S., Canada etc.] is more based on common values than on common beliefs.

as the 'arab spring' or the global anarchist metapulse continues to build, the community-building coherency amongst people is shifting from 'common beliefs' [in your local supreme central authority] to 'common values'.

the use of a term like 'Vultures of the State' could clarify where the roadblock lies.

Shut up bro

grand jury material is everywhere

"they/their" is also a popularly used gender-neutral singular pronoun.

I mean, good post and all, but I thought I'd just put that out there.

good point, * * *, and just to put it out there, my reaction from the start was total empathy with the author of this open, from-the-heart soul-baring and i cruised right on to consider his use of 'they', clarified as 'vultures of the state' and the problem when one is presented as 'going against the state' wherein the vultures of the state try to marginalize you by translating this as 'going against the people' since the state gets its power and authority from the people and pretends to speak with one voice for all the people. this is a manipulation of the same sort as used by the HUAC that should not be allowed to go unchallenged. those who are challenging the authority of the state are doing so in support of the people, with the understanding that 'the people' will be better off within a common values confederation than in the prevailing common belief, central authority based sovereigntist hierarchy.

as with the zapatistas and other decolonizing initiatives, those choosing to live within a common values confederation right now, want that for all those who would choose that, and are not fighting to force everyone's compliance [of course, there must be free space to 'occupy' to live freely]. but the reverse is not true; i.e. many of those with hardline belief in a supreme central authority are not willing to even hear out that portion of people who wish to switch to a common values, non-authoritarian society. these road blockers, who nest close to the pinnacles of power and circle in search of anti-statist prey, are aptly seen as 'vultures of the state' [disguised as 'eagles'].

what the fuck is up with the obsession of the use of the pronoun "they" when referring to the state? who gives a shit if the intent was singular or plural? it works either fucking way! singular, "the state" as a monolithic entity. plural, "the state" as the collection of individuals that carry out the work of the government.

talk about a stupid meta-discussion.

the state as a monolithic entity is inherently ambiguous. the state as a collection of people carrying out the work of government would include all juries, all police, all people in the military, at least some of whom are there FIRSTLY because they want to ‘do a public service’ of helping to keep their fellows safe and secure, and governmental agencies are the primary channels through which one can exercise these empathic values.

so, where a statement is made such as the following;

“I understand that the state views myself and my comrades as enemies, and they will do whatever they can to stifle our struggle, providing they can get away with it.”

it raises the question as to ‘who’ is/are seen as lying behind the noun ‘state’ that are committed to ‘do whatever they can to stifle our struggle, providing they can get away with it.”

is it the youth who just joined the military to get access to training for a trade because he couldn’t find a job? [he might soon be in the ‘veterans against the war'.]

in the case of an 'anti-statist' giving public testimony, the public is interested in knowing who the ‘anti-state feelings’ are being directed against and why would the anti-statist individual not want to be forthcoming on such a question? the use of the term ‘vultures of the state’ clarifies that it is not simply the ‘collection of people carrying out the work of government’, many of whom would welcome fundamental transformation of the established system, in some shape or form, but those who seek to gag and crush all energies seeking fundamental transformation of the established state system.

in my view, what is intended by ‘they’ seems in this case to have been answered by ‘vultures of the state’, but the general issue of who-all an anti-statist wants to put a black hat on, or who-all an anti-capitalist wants to put a black hat on, etc. etc. should not be left to hide behind the pronoun ‘they’, so that it alienates those 'in the system' and 'on the fence' [those apart from 'the vultures of the state'] who are potentially kindred spirits or may become so.

SHUT THE FUCK UP FOOL!!! This isnt radical lit appreciation class

Keep fighting, comrade,
and I'm sure the solidarity will keep coming.

Resistance to this inquisition is even more inspiring than the acts that led to it. Keep fighting the good fight. May your courage set an example to all those engaged in resistance!

Speed and hatred, they'll serve you well.

love you.

when we destroy the machines we will do it side by side
love ya

Love to all my cangaceiros! For a roving whirlwind of revolt.
http://www.eberhardtpress.org/pdf/outlaws.pdf

And at the gate of the embassy
Our hands met through the bars
As your whisper stilled my heart
No, they'll never catch me now
No, they'll never catch me
No, they cannot catch me now
We will escape somehow
Somehow

Godspeed Comrade

TOTAL ETERNAL SOLIDARITY FROM NYC!
DEATH TO THE STATE!
LONG LIVE ANARCHY!

we miss you. hope we see each other again.

hold ya head comrade

keep ya head up mang!

Solidarity! I don't know you, much love keep it up! we will support you!
ACAB! DEATH TO CAPITAL AND THE STATE

beautiful. stay free, comrade.

St@y S@fe.

Solidarity.

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