Condemn FBI raids on anti-war and solidarity activists’ homes
Published Sep 24, 2010 9:02 PM
The International Action Center condemns the FBI raids on anti-war and
solidarity activists homes on Sept. 24 and supports the right of
all social justice activists to defend the rights of workers here at home and
to be in solidarity with our sisters and brothers around the world resisting
occupation and military dictatorship. The IAC urges full support of the
activists targeted by the FBI and wide distribution of the statement below
issued by activists targeted in the raids.
In solidarity, Sara Flounders, Co-director, International Action Center
For Immediate Release
24 Sept. 2010
Contact: Tom Burke, 773-844-3612
Steff Yorek, 612-865-8234
Activists denounce FBI raids on anti-war and solidarity activists’ homes
Subpoenas, Searches, and FBI visits carried out in cities across the
We denounce the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassment of anti-war and
solidarity activists in several states across the country. The FBI began
turning over six houses in Chicago and Minneapolis this morning, Friday,
Sept. 24, 2010, at 8:00 a.m. Central time. The FBI handed subpoenas to
testify before a federal grand jury to about a dozen activists in Illinois,
Minnesota, and Michigan. They also attempted to intimidate activists in
California and North Carolina.
"The government hopes to use a grand jury to frame up activists. The goal
of these raids is to harass and try to intimidate the movement against U.S.
wars and occupations, and those who oppose U.S. support for repressive
regimes," said Colombia solidarity activist Tom Burke, one of those handed
a subpoena by the FBI. "They are designed to suppress dissent and free
speech, to divide the peace movement, and to pave the way for more U.S.
military intervention in the Middle East and Latin America."
This suppression of democratic rights is aimed towards those who dedicate much
of their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and
Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war. The activists are
involved with well-known anti-war groups including many of the leaders of the
huge protest against the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN in
September 2008. The FBI agents emphasized that the grand jury was going to
investigate the activists for possible terrorism charges. This is a U.S.
government attempt to silence those who support resistance to oppression in the
Middle East and Latin America.
The activists involved have done nothing wrong and are refusing to be pulled
into conversations with the FBI about their political views or organizing
against war and occupation. The activists are involved with many groups,
including: the Palestine Solidarity Group, Students for a Democratic Society,
the Twin-Cities Anti-War Committee, the Colombia Action Network, the Freedom
Road Socialist Organization, and the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera
(a Colombian Political Prisoner).
Steff Yorek, a long-time antiwar activist and one of the activists whose homes
was searched, called the raids “An outrageous fishing
We urge all progressive activists to show solidarity with those individuals
targeted by the U.S. Government. Activists have the right not to speak with the
FBI and are encouraged to politely refuse, just say “No”.
Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you
would like to provide support to the targeted activists.
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