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Poets Read in Solidarity with Political Activist Jerry Koch

By Harriet Staff


If you're in New York on June 13, get yourself to Greenpoint for a surely solid reading to benefit legal activist Jerry Koch, who is currently serving time for refusing to testify in response to a federal grand jury summons. More info from organizers Josef Kaplan and Aaron Winslow:

Dear friends,

Hope to see you on June 13th for a reading in solidarity with NYC grand jury resistor Jerry Koch, featuring:

*Lonely Christopher
*Diana Hamilton
*Sophia Le Fraga
*Ariana Reines
*and more!

We'll be raising money for the legal and support fund of NYC grand jury resistor, Jerry Koch. A longtime anarchist and legal activist, Jerry was recently subpoenaed as a witness by a federal grand jury, and has refused to testify. As a result, he's been sentenced to up to 18 months in jail, with a possibility that the sentence can be renewed, which he began serving two weeks ago--despite not being charged with any crime, and invoking his First and Fifth Amendment rights.

There's a long history of federal grand juries being used to persecute political activists, and it's a trend that has increased in recent years, so we hope you can come out to show solidarity with Jerry. We'll be taking donations, and there will be beer and wine for sale, with all proceeds going to Jerry's support campaign.

Even if you can't make it out to the reading, please take a look at the Jerry Resists support campaign website, and consider making a small donation or writing a letter.


138 Manhattan Avenue, #3
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Originally Published: June 6th, 2013