STOP THE REPRESSION
against anti-war and international solidarity activists IMMEDIATELY RETURN ALL CONFISCATED MATERIALS computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc. NO GRAND JURY PROCEEDINGS against anti-war activists
On September 24, 2010 the FBI raided seven Chicago and Minneapolis homes of well-known anti-war and international solidarity activists. Their ranks included a number of trade unionists. Also raided was the office of the Minneapolis–St. Paul based Anti-War Committee. The FBI subpoenaed fourteen activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan to testify at a grand jury. Then in December 2010, nine more people — all Palestini- ans or Palestine solidarity activists in Chicago — were ordered to testify before the same grand jury. In the raids the FBI took computer hard drives, cell phones, documents, newspapers and children’s artwork. They took 28 boxes out of one Chicago home, including a framed photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shak- ing hands with Malcolm X.
According to the FBI, the goal of the raids was to show material support for terrorism charges. It is outrageous! The U.S. government is trying to put people in jail for anti -war and international solidarity activism. These people have done nothing wrong, yet their freedom is at stake.
Those targeted are well-known leaders in the anti-war movement and many helped to organize the huge protest against the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN in September 2008. This is the suppression of our de- mocratic rights. It threatens our families, our children and our communities. This is a U.S. government attempt to silence those who support resistance to oppression in the Middle East and Latin America, by putting people in jail.
The 23 targeted activists are refusing to be pulled into conversations with the FBI about their political views or their organizing against war and occupation. The activists are involved with many groups, including the Palestine Solidarity Group, Students for a Democratic Society, the Twin-Cities Anti-War Committee, the Colombia Action Network, Fight Back! newspaper, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera. Please show your support!
- CALL WITH THE THREE DEMANDS
- President Obama — 202-456-1111 and
- U.S. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder — 202-353-1555
- SIGN THE NATIONAL PETITION stopfbi.net/sign-the-petition
- DONATE at StopFBI.net/donate OR mail your checks to: Committee to Stop FBI Repression, P.O. Box 14183, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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