Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joins with many organizations in standing with the Merrimack 3 and demanding that New Hampshire officials drop all charges against these activists taking a stand against genocide. Please join us in signing on to the statement below at the link.
The endorsing individuals and organizations resolutely stand with the Merrimack Three, joining the international call to drop all charges against these courageous young activists. On November 20th, 2023, the Merrimack Police Department of New Hampshire arrested Sophie Ross, Calla Walsh, and Bridget Shergalis for daring to confront the genocidal arms manufacturer Elbit Systems, a cornerstone of the global military-industrial complex.
The Merrimack Three’s direct action called attention to the web of interconnected, profit-motivated systems responsible for maintaining US hegemony across the globe. Demonstrating against this Elbit facility helped to reveal the corporations in our neighborhoods that are directly involved in the ongoing genocide in Gaza. Elbit Systems supplies 85% of the land-based equipment and drones used by the Occupation Forces and further maintains the surveillance technology deployed at the apartheid wall, Gaza border, and military checkpoints. Marketing their weapons as “field-tested” on Palestinians, Elbit built the very weapons used to murder over 30,000 Palestinians since October 2023.
We have witnessed the US empire double down on its investment in the Zionist project, repressing and criminalizing the Palestine solidarity movement in the belly of the beast. The foundational role of political prisoners in the struggle against Zionism and imperialism has emerged from the empire’s reliance on violent repression as a means to quell mass movements and popular resistance. In a desperate attempt to make an example out of the Merrimack Three, the Hillsborough County Superior Court has levied charges of up to 37 years in prison. This draconian demonstration of repression only proves what we already know: the allegiance of the state lies with capitalism and the continuation of global exploitation.
We commend the Merrimack Three, as well as the broader campaign to Shut Elbit Down, for directly challenging war profiteers in the face of immense repression. The state will not deter our commitment to forge a world liberated from the chains of Zionism, capitalism, and imperialism, a world devoid of entities like Elbit. We call on our movement partners to join us in the global campaign to Drop the Charges against the Merrimack Three and to Shut Elbit Down. Sign onto the statement below!
Down with Zionism, Down with Imperialism, Liberation for All!
Drop the Charges Now, Shut Elbit Down!
The More They Try to Silence Us, the Louder We Will Be!
Center for Counter Hegemonic Studies