Report back from your January 25 Protest

Did you participate in the January 25 protests?

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Raleigh, NC

The rally started at 9AM outside of the Federal Building in Raleigh, NC with about 25 activists gathered holding signs like 'Peace is not a Crime,' 'Federal Bureau of Intimidation,' and 'Hands Off Activists.' Peter Gilbert from the Triangle Committee to Stop FBI Repression acted as MC. Joan Walsh of Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee read a statement addressed to Senator Kay Hagan, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Patrick Fitzgerald and others explaining our position and listing our demands. Khalilah Sabra of MAS (Muslim-American Society) Freedom read a beautiful piece written by a ninth grader on the injustices of repression. Steve Edelstein of the National Lawyers Guild spoke about the laws that underly the FBIs repressive actions, the danger they pose and the need to change them. Finally, Eva Panjwani of FIST (Fighting Imperialism Stand Together) read a statement from Lynne Stewart, a former attorney and American political prisoner, expressing solidarity with those resisting this latest round of federal assaults on freedom and liberty. A small group of four activists went inside the building to Senator Hagan's office to present her aides (the Senator was not present) with our statement and our individual concerns. They told us that she was aware of the issue but had not made any public statements about it. We were promised a response 'in about a week.'

St. Louis, Missouri

I demonstrated (alone) outside the FBI office in downtown St. Louis.
My sign read, "Peace Activists Are Not The Enemy--StopFBI.net"
I stood with my back to the building, sign raised to steady traffic, hopeful that St. Louisans would become curious enough to make themselves aware of what the peace activists up north are going through.

i just want to say that i

i just want to say that i traveled from Orange County to the Federal building in downtown Los Angeles because on your website it said there was protesters gathering there. After a two hour drive i arrived in front of he federal building at the time posted with two fellow activist to find no one! i even called the La branch of the committe to confirm the time and location. I missed a day of work to be dissapointed!

Unfortunate confusion

A leader from the LA Committee said she spoke on the phone and sent a text to an activist from Orange County, but obviously it was still confusing. She is going to write to you as well.

In any case, we hope this does not happen to you or others again and want to ask you to continue to work with the LA Committee because we appreciate your participation. We will continue to ask leaders to post all their local information, including addresses and times of protests and events, to the StopFBI.net website. We are reaching thousands by using StopFBI.net.

This was the only reference I could find on the StopFBI.net site to the address:

"Los Angeles: Protest FBI Repression on National Day of Action

... Protest Grand Juries at the Federal Building in Westwood, Los Angeles (11000 Wilshire Blvd) ...

Event - stopfbi - 1/13/2011 - 0 comments - 0 attachments"

I found on the internet that there is another one at Edward Roybal Federal Building, 255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, right downtown.

It is easy to see how people can be confused.

in unity, Tom Burke

Salt Lake City Protest

It was a cold and evening when around ten anti-war activists protested the FBI raids outside the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building. The activist had braved the snow to stand iwith those anti-war and international solidarity activists who have been targeted by the FBI. The protesters handed out flyers with information on the FBI repression to people passing by on the street. They also chanted slogans such as “troops out now” and “Stop the subpoenas stop the raids, we are here and not afraid.” The hour long protest ended with an issuing of a statement both expressing solidarity and demanding that the FBI stop the repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists, a return of all materials confiscated, and an end to the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.

Tuscaloosa

Here in Tuscaloosa, AL, the SDS chapter at the University of Alabama collected petition signatures on campus and talked to students, many of them activists in other organizations, about the way the FBI is attacking progressive movements.
That evening, we had a small picket outside of the local Federal Building. We hope we won't have to continue protesting this injustice, but if we do, we hope the weather is a little bit nicer next time and the new friends we made while collecting signatures will join us.

NYC Protests FBI and Grand Jury Repression!

In NYC 100 people rallied in front of the FBI offices at 26 Federal Plaza. We chanted: "Stop the subpoenas, Stop the raids! We are here and not afraid!" We heard from a broad range of NYC activist groups who are standing united with the activists who have refused to cooperate in the Grand Jury proceedings.

Groups who spoke: Coney Island Avenue Project, The Friends and Family of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Veterans for Peace - NY, Brooklyn for Peace, Pakistan-USA Freedom Forum, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Free Mumia Coalition, International Action Center, World Can't Wait, War Resisters League, International Socialist Organization, Workers World Party, May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights, League for the Revolutionary Party, the Marxist Humanist Initiative, Port Militarization Resistance (WA), Al Awda-NY, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Resistance in Brooklyn, and Ralph Pointer shared comments from Lynn Stewart, and members of the National Lawyer's Guild - NYC Chapter were there as legal observers.

At the end of the rally we marched down to the offices of the US Attorney to let them know that we stand in solidarity with these activists and others facing government repression. We let the Justice Department know about the brave unified stand taken by the 9 activists subpoenaed to appear that day: "1,2,3,4, we don't want your bloody war! 5, 6, 7, 8, THEY DID NOT COOPERATE!"

Dallas-Denton-Arlington: FBI Repression Solidarity Actions

The El Centro College peace activists, as well as other peace activists and organizations in Dallas, stood in solidarity with 50 cities across the nation in demanding an end to a Federal Grand Jury. The FBI raids and subpoenas have attempted to repress political dissent and criminalizing the anti war peace movement.

The demonstration was held at the Earl Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas starting around 5pm, and ending around 8pm. Turnout was restricted due to the cold weather (we do live in Texas), but also do to excessive intimidation tactics employed by the FBI and Dallas Police Department. We were welcome by two Federal Protective Police SUV's, members of the Dallas Criminal Investigative Division, and random US Marshals. Further efforts must be made to increase awareness of this issue in the public generally, as the mainstream media is seemingly not interested.

University of North Texas peace activists, as well as other student organizations held a solidarity demonstration in the downtown area of Denton, TX as well. UNTis far removed from Dallas, but in instances such as this, there is typically cooperation. Turnout in Denton was around 20-40 people.

Additionally, a group called the Arlington Socialists, located in Arlington, TX, held a solidarity action near the local Police Department Headquarters. Attendance at this event was about 10 people.

Report from Ukraine

Kyiv - 35 people came to rally at U.S. embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine! Speeches spoke of current situation and background, repression of antifascists in Russia and Belarus, and U.S. material assistance in state terror in Palestine and Columbia. Letter signed by 7 independent labor, student, and left groups that organized the rally delivered to embassy. Many news photographers.

Photos here: http://zip-cn25.livejournal.com/148179.html
(Signs: black and red: "no to political repression"; Witch: "1950s: commununist. 2000s: terrorist"; multicolored: "people of the world against imperialism").

Incredible

Thank you for your support. Power to the People

report from Ukraine

longer google-translate-mangled story here:
http://translate.google.com/translate?langpair=auto|en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsamozahist.org.ua%2F%3Fp%3D39138

STOP FBI ! Defend Wikileaks! Free Bradley Manning! Jan 25, 2011

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=280757&id=686314682&l=7e3693f67b
RI mobilization Committee to Stop Wars and Occupations stands in solidarity with antiwar activists being targeted by the FBI. RIMC also supports Wikileaks and demands immediate freedom for military whistle blower Bradley Manning

great Chicago turnout

I attended the demo at the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago. I'd estimate there were about 250+ people there crowding the sidewalk during rush-hour. The police were there with lots of lights flashing to help bring the attention of people leaving work for the day. My only regret is that my camera battery died.

Rochester Jan 25th Solidarity Action Against FBI Repression

Had a noon picket in front of the Rochester, NY Federal Building. Nice turnout for short notice of local action. See Pics here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/RochesterAgainstWar/ActivismIsNotACrimeProte...

FBI/MPD INTIMIDATION AT MEMPHIS SOLIDARITY EVENT

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/jan/25/protest-earns-guarded-r...

Yesterday in Memphis there was a small public even planned at the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center to fill out FOIA requests in solidarity with the peace activists raided and subpoenaed by the FBI.

At around 2:30pm, three FBI JTTF agents showed up to their offices, inside a church, to let them know there was going to be "anti-war activity" going on. They leave after an organizer there points out that it is the Mid-South PEACE & Justice Center and it's their event.

Later, big black SUVs and unmarked cars start showing up--it's the MPD's tactical unit (SWAT team), hanging out all around the block. Eventually there are around eight that are readily identifiably. Law enforcement easily equals the number activists--around fifteen to twenty of us. We ask them what they're doing--they say they were deployed to the area to keep the peace. The shift supervisor eventually comes up and tells us they were ordered to come out and protect us if there was a large demonstration. (I ask him if there are EVER large demonstrations here; he said "um.... not many." The largest demonstrations here are the occasional LGBTQ rights march or rally, and there is NEVER any police response like this).

Once the director of the MSPJC gets the chief of the tactical unit on the phone, he still doesn't say what exactly was either threatened against us (there were no direct threats) or what we were doing to garner their "protection." He only says a concerned citizen said there would be a demonstration or something vague like that.

Meanwhile, two activists' homes got visits from the sheriff's department (one in the morning, one during the FOIA signing) for bench warrants at their addresses today, including at the DeCleyre Co-op (guns out, searched every room); I've been told that it is a departure from usual procedure for the sheriff's dep't to make visits for the types of warrants they said they had (though they wouldn't show anyone).

Please spread the word about this. There was an article in the local paper online, but from what I've heard, it's not in the print edition. And there was a reporter with a news camera from two local stations, but nothing made it to the news. Please help!!

Sheesh!

Sheesh!

sorry for spelling errors and

sorry for spelling errors and typos in that--wrote it in a hurry! (y'all understand.)

Tucson Participates in National Day to Stop FBI Repression

We had around a small demonstration of 14 people in front of the Tucson Federal Building from 4:30 to 5:30pm, representing local anti-war, immigrant rights, and international solidarity groups. Responses of pedestrians and rush hour traffic was all positive. We distributed the statement by Lynne Stewart for the 1/25 protests, as well as a general statement about the FBI witch hunt. We had also distributed several hundred copies of the general statement a few days ago at the local Martin Luther King Day activities.

Boston Says: END FBI REPRESSION!

Boston represented strong today, holding two demonstrations so that diverse communities with different schedules could voice their opposition to the FBI's surveillance, infiltration and repression of peaceful, political movements in the United States and to stand in solidarity with the activists in Chicago and Milwaukee who have been targeted by the government.

About 40 people gathered in front of the JFK building at noon, distributing 500 fliers to passersby. There was a man there who activists suspected was an undercover agent, likely FBI himself. He was filming the activists up close, capturing their faces, and asking provocative questions, likely in an effort to get activists to say something extreme. Most people ignored him.

At 5PM, another group of similar size gathered at Park street station to voice opposition to the FBI's dirty attacks on organizers. We stood up for our First Amendment rights to political speech and assembly. Activists at the 5PM demonstration handed out another 400 fliers to busy rush-hour commuters, many of whom applauded our demo.

We'll have photos posted tomorrow, including of the man we suspect to be a government agent.

In struggle,
STOP FBI Boston

Kalamazoo, MI

A dozen people, including one city council person, rallied outside the federal building with the newly formed Kalamazoo Coalition Against Repression this evening.

Subpoenaed activist Tom Burke then traveled to the campus of Western Michigan University and spoke at the beginning of an event sponsored by the Kalamazoo Peace Center.

For some reason Flickr will not share these photos with the group, but if anyone can reload them from their account, we would be grateful:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31083225@N04/sets/72157625907498668/

Motor City Report--Detroit

In sub freezing temperatures, over 25 supporters of those raided by the FBI rallied at the Federal Building in Detroit January 25. A strong, diverse picket line with members of labor unions, youth groups, anti-war and other progressive organizations chanted, "Solidarity is not a crime: From Iraq to Palestine," "Defend Free Speech," "FBI off our backs: enough attacks" and other slogans. After the picket a brief speak-out took place where announcements of solidarity were made including mentions of a support statements for those attacked by the FBI issued January 25 by a youth/student organizations at two universities in Arizona and a letter from people's lawyer Lynne Stewart who is serving 10 years in federal prison after being framed up by the government for her steadfast defense of politically targeted defendants. Debbie Johnson of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), sponsors of the rally, denounced the FBI raids and demanded all of the grand jury proceedings halt immediately; that those targeted receive justice and have returned to them all of the items that were stolen by the FBI; and that all government attacks against progressive and revolutionary activists cease. The activists also distributed a flier with information for upcoming national conferences to stop the FBI attacks and encouraged those attending the demonstration to travel to Chicago February 12 for the conference there. MECAWI is organizing a delegation for the Chicago conference. For more information: www.stopfbi.net or www.mecawi.org.

-- Bryan G. Pfeifer, MECAWI

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P.S. Alan Pollock will be sending out pictures of the January 25 Detroit demonstration soon.

Asheville NC protest

About 40 people came out to the Asheville Federal Building today in the pouring rain to stand up and energetically demand an end to the Grand Jury and the ongoing witch-hunt against anti-war and international solidarity activists!

Seattle Peoples Bureau of Investigation Indicts FBI

A Non-Secret Peoples Grand Jury indicted the FBI outside its downtown Seattle office today. Evidence of recent FBI activities in raiding homes, stealing property and harassing U.S. citizens working in solidarity with suffering people in Palestine, Colombia and elsewhere was overwhelming. All who attend the Grand Jury were in agreement that indictments were called for.

About 30-35 people formed both the jury pool and witnesses.

A video report was made and will be forwarded asap.

Free Free Palestine! SOLIDARITY IS NOT A CRIME!

Louisville, KY

We had 40 people show up before it ended, and although the conventional media ignored us, the LEO weekly the local glossy scene magazine will have a good story with Pics either this Thursday or the next. We did a great press release don't know why they didn't show. It was a great start to building the effort.
ACLU
AIM
KITLAC
The Jewish Coalition for Peace
Anti-war Committe
The Louisville Coalition for Peace in the Middle East

All supported. So it was a strong first effort.

View pictures here.

Albany, NY

We had a good rally today in Albany at the regional FBI headquarters. We combined the issues of the attacks on Muslims and the raids and subpoenas of antiwar and solidarity activists and presented the new FBI regional director with a letter signed by about 15 local organizations. There were about 35 people in the bitter cold including an Albany city council member and an Albany county legislator.

See photos here.

Great Job, Albany!

You are all beautiful!

35 people standing in the NY cold is outstanding!
and kudos to your local officials who stood with you today.

Love the pictures.

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