Drop the charges against the Atlanta Solidarity Fund activists!
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression condemns the May 31 arrest of three organizers with
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.
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!
Stop FBI Repression: No Grand Jury, No Charges
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 children’s 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 www.stopfbi.net