November 13, 2010

Chapel Hill SDS Statement of Solidarity

UNC-CH Students for a Democratic Society sends its solidarity to anti-war and international solidarity activists whose homes were raided by the FBI on September 24th. We support you all in your decision to not testify at the grand jury, and hope that you will stand strong because people across the nation will stand with you.

We condemn the actions of the FBI, who have violated the constitutional rights of activists under the guise of fighting terrorism. The activists were not charged with any crime nor were they arrested. We demand that the FBI return all personal belongings that were seized in the raids and end the harassment of activists, which is meant to instigate fear and restrict the exercise of first amendment rights.

We recognize that these raids are just another example of a long history of FBI repression, including the harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, the labeling of Nelson Mandela as a terrorist and many more people and organization which seek justice. An organization that has in the past targeted Nobel Peace Prize recipients clearly has objectives other than keeping people safe. While the FBI alleges that peaceful activists have provided “material support to terrorist organization,” we assert that the United States Government supports terrorism with its imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and its occupations of Palestine, Colombia and more.

We extend our solidarity in words and in action, and seek to continue to mobilize and build actions in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are facing FBI harassment.
**Stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists.

**Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.

**End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.

**US Out of Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Palestine!