New Haven, CT: Jan. 25 protest against Grand Jury repression

Event Information
Date: 
Tue, 2011-01-25 17:00
Location: 
New Haven FBI Building
600 State St.
New Haven, CT
United States

Hartford, CT: Jan. 25 Protest against Grand Jury Repression

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A CALL FOR DEMONSTRATIONS IN DEFENSE OF THE 9 NEWLY SUBPOENAED ACTIVISTS TO APPEAR BEFORE A GRAND JURY!

CALL OFF THE GRAND JURY!

END THE ISSUANCE OF SUBPOENAS AND GRAND JURY INVESTIGATIONS OF ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS!

NO FBI/DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INTIMIDATION OF THE ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT!

DEFEND FREE SPEECH!

Regional Demo:

Tuesday, Jan 25th - 5:00pm
Demonstrate at the New Haven FBI Building!
600 State St. New Haven, CT

In September 2010 the FBI carried out a series of raids of the homes of fourteen anti-war activists. They issued subpoenas to them to appear before a grand jury investigating their ties to “Foreign Terrorist Organizations,” a charge the FBI suggests is justified because some of them were engaged in international solidarity work in Palestine and Colombia. They seized computers, videos, cell phones, financial records, and drawings made by their children. These activists were guilty of no crime, but were instead the victims of the governments attempt to harass and silence the anti-war movement.

Demonstrations against the raids and the grand jury proceedings were organized by activists in over sixty cities around the country, alongside a spirited national call-in campaign.

The subpoenas to appear before grand juries were served to the fourteen activists but were later withdrawn when all fourteen asserted their 5th Amendment rights and refused to appear in court.

In November, however, three Twin Cities anti-war and international solidarity activists. Tracy Molm, Anh Pham, and Sarah Martin, who were amongst the 24 activists originally served subpoenas, received word from the U.S. Attorney’s Office that that their subpoenas to appear before a grand jury have been reactivated.

And the dragnet against the anti-war and international solidarity movement is widening, with even more activists facing state department harassment and grand jury repression.

Just last month 9 Palestine solidarity activists and Palestinian-American community organizers were served subpoenas to appear before a Chicago grand jury on January 25th .

We in CT stand opposed to this assault on our free speech and right to organize without harassment against US military intervention abroad. Our demonstrations in over sixty cities in the wake of the FBI raids was a powerful response to government repression of the anti-war movement. This time we have to show the government that was not a one time response but the beginning of a vigorous campaign by the movement to defend our own. We must respond and grow this response dramatically as our very right to function politically in opposition to US wars is at stake.

We join the national call for a day of action to stop the FBI and Grand Jury repression on January 25th by demonstrating at the Federal Building in Hartford and the FBI office in New Haven.

We demand:

**End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists!
**Stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists!
**Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.

In solidarity,

CT United for Peace Organizing Committee
Act Now to Stop War and End Racism/CT
Council on American-Islamic Relations
West Hartford Citizen’s for Peace and Justice
People of Faith CT

To endorse, please contact Sean Howard at s.howard86@gmail.com, (860) 478-5300.
For more info, visit: www.stopfbi.net