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(en) US, Post Seattle. gimme some support ya'll!

From exile nomadic <exilenomadic23@hotmail.com>
Date Mon, 28 Feb 2000 06:15:22 -0500


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“the criminalization and arrest of a comrade must be seen as part of the 
ongoing social struggle, precisely because they are the harshest material 
means used by the state to discourage all radicalization, always and in 
whatever way.”
                   ~from revolutionary solidarity by pierleone porcu

my name is joi and i am charged with two felonies (malicious mischief 1 and 
assault 3) resulting from the wto meeting in seattle late last year. i was 
arrested after being pepper-sprayed and tackled from behind by a 
plain-clothes seattle police officer. i spent 8 days in jail, with a bail 
set at $10,000 before being let out on personal recognizance.

there is a widespread misconception that the Direct Action Network legal 
team has been assisting those arrested the week of wto. however, DAN and 
it’s legal team decided early on against any solidarity or assistance for 
the felons because we allegedly broke the non-violence guidelines. it’s 
ludicrous to see self proclaimed activists ally themselves with the state, 
choosing to offer up as sacrifices those with more radical tactics. it is 
difficult for me to adjust to the harsh reality that i may lose over a year 
of my life (sentence range if convicted of both is 5-14 months) while the 
corporations i am accused of vandalizing trudge on killing cultures and 
destroying the earth.

seattle is most commonly agreed upon as being a “victory” by many in the 
activist community. we have to remember that the police state we experienced 
for just a few days here, is the way thousands of people are forced to live 
their entire lives. we are extremely privileged in that most of us could 
return within days to the comfort of our daily lives relatively unscathed. 
overall, i see seattle as being the first definitive step in a struggle that 
is far from over. but for me, and a handful of others, the aftermath is far 
more to be reckoned with than anything we could have expected.

it is my intention to seek out the support i hope is out there among the 
anarchist/radical community. my trial date is set for may 15th in seattle.   joyanna zacher
                                            p.o. box 1141
                                            seattle, wa 98111
                                    email:  joi_polloi@yahoo.com

there can be no justice at the hands of the oppressors.        *joi



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