National Day of Action January 25th Against FBI Repression of Anti War and International Solidarity Activists

Jan 25th Louisville Federal Building

January 25th the Louisville Committee Against FBI and Police Repression participated in the National Day of Action in 50 cities against FBI Repression of Anti War and International Solidarity activists.

Back Ground:

We are coming together in response to the FBI raids on seven homes and an anti-war office on Friday, September 24, 2010. The FBI also handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to fourteen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. These activists are involved in many groups, including the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee, the Palestine Solidarity Group, the Colombia Action Network, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. These activists and many others came together to organize the 2008 anti-war marches during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Across the country organizations and individuals are standing together to protest the United States government’s attempt to silence and criminalize anti-war and international solidarity activists. We see the raids and subpoenas as an attack on anti-war and other progressive movements. It is an attack on our freedom to speak, our freedom to assemble with like-minded people, and our freedom to tell the government that their actions and policies are wrong. It is an attempt to clear the way for more wars and occupations of other countries by the U.S. military.

We Demand:
**Stop the repression of 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.

To be clear the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Intimidation are now raiding the homes of individuals and their families for travelling to other countries to report on the effects of how our tax dollars are being spent to oppress, assassinate, intimidate and smash movements of resistance to US imperialism and economic domination in the name of the Drug War and the War Against Terror.

How bizarre our government is not rounding up George Bush 1, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Ralph Reed, the US government in general, and so many others for their promotion and funding of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan fighting the Soviets, Saddam Hussein all the way up until the first Gulf War, Right Wing paramilitary terrorists in Colombia, the Contras, the fascist Arena government in El Salvador of the 80s, the Khmer Rouge, and a list that could go on for hours of black op terror that has wrought havoc across the planet since Tecumseh’s boyhood home was burned to the ground by American “revolutionaries” at the birth of this “country”.

Yet when a handful of activists travel to Colombia to hear from all sides how our goverment has supported right wing terrorist governments that have murdered thousands of unionists, and indigenous rights activists? Now you have crossed the line.

Bob Cunningham speaks out

The activists in question in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Michigan also happened to be the core group of people who have been dragged into the grand jury happen to be the same activists who organized a massive march on the Republican convention in 2008 in Minneapolis of 12,000 people. Coincidence or cause of the investigation.

Obama should be calling off these dogs who really serve to benefit thee legacy of GW Bush and also serve to crush the very progressives in this country who are committed to the CHANGE he ran on.

This is an immediate crisis in the community if people fighting to end imperialism in our time. of particular concern to this organizer is the seeming news black out on the day of action. 350 people marched in Chicago, 40 inn  Louisville, and there were two rallies in some cities.

YET THERE WAS NO NEWS STORY ANYWHERE IN THE ENTIRE USA, is this a coincidence?

It would seem that anything critical of the war on terror has previously gotten major news coverage. Is it possible the government doesn’t want you to know that Americans are being prosecuted their speech and their associations? This is clearly a return to the COINTELPRO tactics of the 60s and the early 70s? Is this a return to The bad ole days of McCarthyism?

Thomas Pearce Speaks for AIM on FBI repression Leonard Peltier still sits in jail and many many activists who were murdered in the 60s and 70s in  the United States stil stand as a stain on this Nation.

No FBI agent has ever been prosecuted for the violation of American’s civil rights. EVER!!!!!

Surely we needot recognize that we have always been under the illusion we had freedom of speech, surely we need to recognize we have no freedom of association. That in this country they have always moved the goal posts to do whatever they wished and whenever we wished. It is time for us to complain to the world community and describe the human rights violations American activists have faced since Tecumseh was hunted down and murdered in 1813.

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