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On September 24th, 2010 the FBI carried out raids on seven activists’ homes and the office of the Minneapolis-based Anti-War Committee. Along with these raids, fourteen people were delivered subpoenas to serve before a grand jury, including our sister Tracy Molm, active member of Students for a Democratic Society at the University of MN. Nationwide, activists throughout many sectors have come together to protest and demand an end to the ongoing harassment and intimidation of anti-war and international solidarity activists.

In December 2010, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the FBI delivered 9 new subpoenas in Chicago to anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists – bringing the total number of subpoenaed activists to 23. Patrick Fitzgerald’s office is ordering the 9 to appear at a Grand Jury in Chicago on January 25. In response, the Committee to Stop FBI Repression is calling for protests across the country and around the world to show solidarity with the subpoenaed activists.

It is clear to us that the FBI is engaging in a fishing expedition with the aims of criminalizing and squashing any dissent against U.S. imperialism. Students for a Democratic Society stands in solidarity with all anti-war and international solidarity activists, and any activist who holds in mind the necessity for real change in our system. We unite with the Committee to Stop FBI Repression’s call to protest on the 25th of January and we are calling on SDS chapters throughout the nation to do the same.

Protest, Chalk your campus, hand out flyers, write articles! Stand together for progressive activists on January 25th! Don’t let our rights be taken away!

Email students4democraticsociety@gmail.com to let us know what your chapter plans to do!

Please visit www.stopfbi.net to view the Committee to Stop FBI Repression’s full call to action

 

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Video of the press conference can seen at:  http://theuptake.org/2011/01/12/undercover-fbi-officer-infiltrates-peace-movement/

The anti-war and international solidarity activists who are being called before a grand jury in Chicago have learned that beginning a few months before the protests against the Republican National Convention in the 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota, a law enforcement officer infiltrated the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee (AWC). The infiltrator went by the name Karen Sullivan, joined the AWC in April 2008, and about a year later she joined the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Misty Rowan, of the Anti-War Committee, said, “The AWC played an important role in organizing the permitted march on the Republican National Convention on September 1, 2008, and also organized a rally and march on the fourth day of the convention. We can only assume that this First Amendment protected organizing was the reason that this agent, Karen Sullivan, infiltrated the AWC. It is the same kind of infiltration criticized in the October 2010 inspector general report and highlighted in the recent release of documents from the Richmond, Virginia, police, where any sort of assembly is defined as a disturbance and threat.”

Jess Sundin, of the Anti-War Committee, said; “This professional liar posed as a fellow activist for two and a half years, and acted as if she was our friend. She spent time around my child, and even attended a small BBQ to celebrate my release from the hospital after I survived a near-fatal brain hemorrhage in April of last year. This event had no investigative value. By attending personal events like this, she showed how unprincipled she was.”

In the summer of 2009, the agent signed up to go on a solidarity trip to Palestine. Three members of the delegation were denied entry at the Tel Aviv airport and eventually sent back to the U.S., Sarah Martin, Katrina Plotz and the agent. We have now learned that on the word of this agent, these political activists were prevented from witnessing first-hand what is paid for with U.S. tax dollars in Israel and the Occupied Territories.

In conversations between our attorneys and the prosecutor’s office in Chicago, we have had confirmation that Karen Sullivan was in fact a law enforcement officer working undercover.

It now appears that the investigation of the U.S. Attorney is focused on small donations to the daycare and women’s center projects of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, an NGO registered with the Palestinian Authority with local offices in towns across the the West Bank and Gaza. The Union is a progressive women’s organization that strives to build respect for women’s rights.

Steff Yorek, of Freedom Road Socialist Organization said, “We are appalled that we were infiltrated by police agents, targeted for our political organizing and views. This violates our rights to freedom of association and speech.”

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is planning a National Day of Protest for January 25, in cities across the country. This protest is in solidarity with people refusing to testify at the secret grand jury in Chicago on that day.

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Flyer PDF for the January 25 Minneapolis protest

Spread the word!

January 25 National Day of Action to STOP FBI Repression
PROTEST
JANUARY 25
4:30 TO 5:30 PM
FEDERAL BUILDING

(4TH & 4TH, MINNEAPOLIS)

STOP FBI AND GRAND JURY REPRESSION OF ANTI-WAR & INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY ACTIVISTS

* Defend free speech
* Defend the right to organize
* Opposing war and occupation is not a crime
* Tell Patrick Fitzgerald to call off the Grand Jury
* Stop FBI raids and repression

JOIN THE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011

In December 2010, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the FBI delivered 9 new subpoenas in Chicago to anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists – bringing the total number of subpoenaed activists to 23. Patrick Fitzgerald’s office is ordering the 9 to appear at a Grand Jury in Chicago on January 25.

In response, we are calling for protests across the country and around the world to show our solidarity. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of people will be protesting at Federal Buildings, FBI offices, and other appropriate places, showing solidarity with the 9 newly subpoenaed activists and with all the activists whose homes were raided by the FBI.

Fitzgerald’s expanding web of repression already includes the 14 subpoenaed when the FBI stormed into homes on September 24th, carting away phones, computers, notebooks, diaries and children’s artwork.  In October, all fourteen activists from Chicago, Minneapolis, and Michigan decided to not participate in the secret proceedings of Fitzgerald’s Grand Jury.  Each signed a letter invoking their Fifth Amendment rights.  However, three women from Minneapolis – Tracy Molm, Anh Pham and Sarah Martin – are facing re-activated subpoenas.  They are standing strong and we are asking you to stand with them – and with the newly subpoenaed nine activists – by protesting Patrick Fitzgerald and his use of the Grand Jury and FBI to repress anti-war and international solidarity activists.

COMMITTEE TO STOP FBI REPRESSION | 612-379-3585 | STOPFBI.NET

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