Skip to content

Panagacos V Towery

Organized by: Julianne Panagacos

Julianne's Photo
Julianne's Photo
Julianne's Photo
Julianne's Photo

THE STORY:

Welcome to my 26th birthday fundraising page! In 2007, I sat in the streets of Olympia to protest the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was arrested but did not hear anything from the city- I never could have predicted the legal battle that would follow. Almost a year later in 2008, I was prosecuted for "attempted disorderly conduct", then the next year the stakes got higher.

In 2009, it was revealed through public records requests that over a 2-year period beginning in 2006, Army intelligence analyst John J. Towery (under the alias “John Jacob”) infiltrated and spied on the Olympia antiwar group Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) as well as several other organizations, like SDS and IVAW. The effects for hundreds of Olympia based activists were drastic. Many people were illegally arrested and prosecuted, some people were followed by the police and listed on the FBI domestic terrorist watch list, some loss trust in a friend, and many suffer from isolation and doubt and no longer participate in activism.

In the begining of 2010 we filed a federal suit against John Towery, his boss Tom Rudd and the City of Olympia and Tacoma. In 2012 we won at the 9th circuit, we got past a 40 year old United State Supreme Court precedent that ruled domestic data-gathering by the military was not actionable if it "only" chills political speech and activities. Laird v. Tatum, 408 U.S. 1 (1972). 

In mid 2013 depositions started, since then we have collected a lot of information to power the case forward. We got more than 10,000 pages in discovery from the army and police departments, and took depositions of 20 people that were part of the network set up to monitor and sabotage activists. In time, we hope to make much of this information public to show the extent of what has become common place in law enforcement; currently, most of these documents cannot be shared because they are confidential.

This June, we were dealt a low blow by the federal district court judge when he decided to throw all four of our claims out of court without issuing a statement. We are now on the defensive, appealing the summary judgement decision to the 9th circuit court, where it will be heard by a panel of judges sometime in the next year. We won at the 9th circuit before and feel confident that we can do it again but we need help. Funding will go to support the appeal and pay court reporters from depositions over the past year. Thank you so much for your support!

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$1,373

 

39% Raised of $3,500 Goal

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • Sarah Hendricks

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Jacob

    $10

  • Beth Tub

    $10

  • Jenny wren

    $15

  • Molly Fitzpatrick

    $20

  • Will

    $20

  • Katherine Long

    $50

  • Amory Ballantine

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Noah

    $100

  • Michael Chizhov

    $30

  • Maya Bauer

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Sam K

    $75

  • Birchy

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Rowan

    $15

  • Lizzy Rieke

    $10

  • marcia

    $50

  • Glenda the Good Witch

    $10

  • B.H.

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • brook celeste

    $20

  • Steve Gallion

    $10

  • Aus. McCann

    $20

  • Kate Fritz

    $15

  • Jorie

    $20

  • Lynne

    $26

  • ted stefani and oliver :-)

    $100

  • Skip

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rachel & Big C

    $25

  • julie myers

    $10

  • Lisa

    $10

  • Maggie

    $10

  • Bonnie Rose Weaver

    $10

  • Megan Kietzman-Nicklin

    $12

  • lyndsey

    $10

  • T-Claw

    $40

  • Rafter

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Linda Carey

    $25

  • Yoko

    $25

  •  
  •  
  •  
Organized by

Julianne Panagacos

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Yoko

Yoko

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Linda Carey

Linda Carey

DONATION: $25

Thank you for what you are doing to protect our right to protest. 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

In memory of my Dad who stood for fairness and honesty above all else. 3 years ago

Rafter

Rafter

DONATION: $10

<3 3 years ago

T-Claw

T-Claw

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

lyndsey

lyndsey

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Megan Kietzman-Nicklin

Megan Kietzman-Nicklin

DONATION: $12

Raise funds, speak truth, kick-ass! Sending you some spirit-love along with some bucks 3 years ago

Bonnie Rose Weaver

Bonnie Rose Weaver

DONATION: $10

Thank you for being Julianne! You inspire and encourage me. I was speaking of you just last night to a friend, admiring your rhythm of checking in with self, to keep loving and keep fighting, to maintain balance, all which you do so well! I raise my glass to you. Happy 26th! 3 years ago

Maggie

Maggie

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Lisa

Lisa

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

Report this page — Let Us Know if you think this page is breaking the law or the CrowdRise Terms