Many of you may remember that back in late September, Obama’s FBI raided the homes of many peace and international solidarity activists, which I wrote about here. The FBI is continuing its unconstitutional harassment of people whose only crime is their audacity to stand in solidarity with Palestinians and others resisting occupation and oppression around the world.
In other words, if the state gets away with this kind of intimidation we’re all screwed. Which is why I am posting here the latest information about what you can do to take some small action to add your voice to the thousands who oppose the trampling of our right to dissent.
Take a break from feeling bummed out about Obama and how lame the Dems are and pick up your cell phone, iPhone, Droid or whozeewhatsit with an app for everything (except one for building mass protest) and call. Really, it doesn’t even cost anything anymore, just 70 bucks a month, plus 20 more in taxes, plus that shniggly charge for something at the end of the bill you still can’t figure out. You get my point. Call.
NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY—Call Off the Grand Jury Witch-hunt Against Anti-war and Solidarity Activists!
Call U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald
312-353-5300, on Thursday, December 9
1. Call off the Grand Jury!
2. Stop FBI repression of the anti-war and solidarity movements
Under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s office, the FBI is expanding their repression of anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists in Chicago. On Friday, December 3, 2010, the FBI targeted three young women who traveled together to Palestine last summer. After the FBI called to question a young Jewish-American woman, Sarah Smith, FBI agents knocked on the door of two young Palestinian-American sisters. One sister was already on the phone with lawyer Jim Fennerty and handed the phone to the FBI, causing the FBI to leave. The FBI agents soon returned with subpoenas to the Grand Jury targeting anti-war and solidarity activists, dated for January 25, 2011. The three are standing strong with the other 14 subpoenaed activists from Illinois, Minneapolis and Michigan. Over 100 people protested in Chicago on Monday against the expanding repression.
Help Keep 3 Minneapolis Women Out of Jail
Fitzgerald’s new wave of repression comes a week after the re-activation of subpoenas for three Palestine solidarity activist women in Minneapolis. Tracy Molm, Anh Pham and Sarah Martin are being asked to appear before the Grand Jury again, despite refusing to speak in October. In Minneapolis and other cities a week of actions demanded “Protest to keep Anh, Tracy, and Sarah, out of jail!” Lawyers for each of the three are meeting with Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox this week. However, on orders from Fitzgerald’s office, the FBI shenanigans continue with visits to anti-war activist’s homes.
So please stand with the 17 subpoenaed anti-war and solidarity activists and make a phone call to Fitzgerald at 312-353-5300.
Tom Burke, for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression