Anarchists are no strangers to state repression. For decades movements have been supported by following the dictum: Nobody talks and everybody walks. From a strategic perspective, a movement will not succeed without uncompromising solidarity. Yet when it comes to the lives of our close comrades, this theory becomes concrete. How many revolutionaries have been kept from the hands of the state by someone simply remaining quiet, whatever the consequences?
We are proud to announce the first speaking engagement of Grand Jury resister Jerry Koch since he has walked tall out of the Metropolitan Department of Corrections in what the judge called, “endless contempt”. He will be in conversation with his indomitable lawyer, Moira Meltzer-Cohen. Together they will be speaking about repression, grand jury resistance, their personal experiences, and the precedent set for the future of struggles in New York City.
Timed to happen simultaneously with the Anarchist Bookfair, we invite local and out of town comrades to engage in this important conversation and brainstorm how revolutionaries all can work together towards stronger movements and prisoner support.
“The State has never had legal credibility. The norms of its legitimacy are seized by force. In this sense the reality of the courts is a ridiculous farce which should not interest us. The balance of power-if we are able-can be reconstituted elsewhere. In the real movement. Otherwise, any trial is a losing one from start to finish.” –AB