From Puget Sound Anarchists
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In late July of 2012 our friend Steve received a phone call from a man identifying himself as a FBI agent. He was told that a subpoena had been issued for him to appear before a federal Grand Jury investigating the vandalism of the Kenzo Nakamura Court of Appeals*. This phone call happened in conjunction with three other people being served subpoenas in Olympia and Portland, as well as house raids in Portland. Although Steve is a well known anarchist in the Northwest, who has been subjected to state harassment before, up until this moment he has not been served or indicated as a suspect of the ongoing investigation against anarchists.
However, his life has been severely impacted by the course of events. Hehas made the choice to leave his former life behind in order to reject the Grand Jury on his own terms. This means that Steve has gone without face-to-face contact with his family, friends, and loved ones for many months.
On that note, the investigation and subsequent repression is still very much alive even though former prisoners, Maddy, Matt and Kteeo are now free. The potential for criminal indictments is always a lingering and realistic possibility. Also, the effects of imprisonment and future threats of going back to prison are not something that ends once one has left the prison walls behind.
While Steve has been doing his best to adjust to life in a new place, it has not been an easy transition. He has already been physical and verbally harassed by the state forces in his new location, and without status and ability to use the local language, employment is very hard to come by. At the same time, he has been doing his best to keep his spirits high and is gracious for all the support and solidarity he has received from people thus far, and the new friends he has made. The fact remains that life inside capitalist society is expensive, and as of this point he has no income whatsoever. He is in a really rough spot right now, being thousands of miles away from his home and not knowing when he will be able to return. Please consider donating to Steve so he can take care of his rent, bills, transportation costs, and everything else this life forces us to pay for. As little or much as you can, anything helps.
*It is important to note that Steve stands in solidarity and complicity with all those accused of damaging the Kenzo Nakamura Court House.
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