Join peace and solidarity activists all around the country today in the National “Call-In Day” to stop the FBI harassment of this community of American activists. October 12th is the day.
More anti-war and international solidarity activists are scheduled to appear before a Grand Jury in Chicago on Tuesday October 12th. The first group of activists subpoenaed on October 5th decided not to testify. On Tuesday we are organizing a NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY to support the anti-war activists targeted by the September 24 raids.
- CALL US Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald at 312-353-5300
Fitzgerald is in charge of the Northern District of Illinois and responsible for the FBI raids and Grand Jury investigation.
- End the repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists!
- Return all materials seized in the raid!
- Stop the Grand Jury Subpoenas of activists!
On September 24, 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 were the offices of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul based Anti-War Committee.
The FBI took computer hard drives, cell phones, documents, newspapers and childrens artwork. They took 28 boxes out of one Chicago home, including a framed photo of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. shaking hands with Malcolm X.
The FBI subpoenaed 14 activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan to testify at a grand jury. 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. They have given money to no one. 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 democratic 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 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, Twin-Cities Anti-War Committee, Colombia Action Network, National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and Fight Back! newspaper.
For more information please go to the Committee To Stop FBI Repression
Condemn the FBI Raids and Harassment of Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists!
Tell President Obama, Attorney General Holder, DOJ Inspector General Fine, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, Congressional Leaders, U.N. Secy Gen Ban, and members of the media to STOP THE FBI CAMPAIGN OF REPRESSION AGAINST ANTI-WAR AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ACTIVISTS NOW!