Statements

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1/4/2011 Statement from Sarah Smith, subpoenaed Palestine solidarity activist The following statement is from Sarah Smith, one of the activists in Chicago subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury on January 25.
12/14/2011 Statement from Local L.A. CSFR Committee The L.A. Committee to Stop FBI Repression stands in full solidarity with the brave participants of Occupy Los Angeles and supports the immediate release of all protesters. As of this writing, close to 300 people have been held on up to $5000 bail for simply practicing their first amendment rights of assembly and freedom of speech.
3/16/2012 Solidarity with Julian Assange The Minnesota Committee to Stop FBI Repression expresses our solidarity for Julian Assange.  Amy Goodman reported in the Guardian that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has a sealed indictment in the U.S., according to leaked emails from Stratfor, an intelligence company. The emails were hacked by Anonymous and then published by WikiLeaks. The Guardian and other sources had already reported that a secret federal grand jury in Virginia was investigating Assange for allegedly violating the Espionage Act by publishing classified U.S. State Department documents.
12/4/2010 The Long Shadow of December 4, 1969 The shadow of the FBI involvement in the murder of Fred Hampton, leading member of the Black Panthers, extends to the current day.
10/30/2012 Press Release: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Holy Land Five case The U.S. Supreme Court entered an order declining the appeal of the Holy Land Five, Oct. 29. This rejection comes with no explanation. The judicial appeal process ends here, but the struggle to free the Holy Land Five continues. In anticipation of the Supreme Court decision, there was a Holy Land Five national day of action on Oct. 25. Solidarity protests involving hundreds raised awareness in Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Tampa, Gainesville, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Albany and Dallas. New York City saw 75 people picket and conduct a successful press conference.
1/11/2011 Letter from Illinois Senator Richard Durbin This letter was received Jan. 10 by a supporter of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) who had contacted Senator Durbin’s office about our case. In early December, a delegation from CSFR had met with one of Durbin’s aides to brief him. CSFR has organized visits to Washington, DC or district offices of nearly 100 Senators and Congress persons, meeting with the legislators themselves or their aides. We have found that the sentiment expressed here is widespread. Hopefully, other legislators will speak out as well in our behalf.
2/25/2015 Defense attorneys file "sentencing memorandum" calling for judge NOT to imprison Rasmea Odeh Today, defense attorneys for Rasmea Odeh, Chicago’s 67-year-old Palestinian community leader, filed a “sentencing memorandum” in a Detroit federal court, arguing that Odeh “should not be sentenced to further imprisonment” following her conviction in November 2014 on a single charge of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization.  
8/12/2014 Judge Borman steps down from the case of Rasmea Odeh Today, Judge Paul D. Borman removed himself from the case of Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh. Earlier this month, the judge stridently denied a defense motion calling on him to step down. The motion claimed that his life-long support for the state of Israel—whose arrest, torture, and conviction of Odeh for alleged Jerusalem bombings in 1969 is at issue in this case—would not allow for a fair trial. 
3/12/2015 Rasmea Odeh to speak at her sentencing March 12 Today, Rasmea Odeh, Chicago’s 67-year-old Palestinian community leader, will speak directly to Judge Gershwin Drain in a Detroit federal court, to describe her extraordinary life story and explain why he should not sentence her to imprisonment following her conviction in November 2014 on a single charge of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization. 
1/25/2011 On Jan. 25, 50 Cities to Protest FBI and Grand Jury Repression of Anti-War and Solidarity Activists Tom Burke of the National Committee to Stop FBI Repression said, "Today there will be protests, meeting and rallies in solidarity with activists standing up against the political repression in fifty cities in the U.S. and internationally. Thousands will be standing up against the political attack being aimed at human rights, international solidarity and anti-war activists.”