2-year anniversary: Week of actions Sept. 20-26

Event Information
Date: 
Mon, 2012-09-24 (All day)

1. Organize protests and events during the week of September 20th – 26th

Demand, two years after September 24 raids on anti-war and international solidarity activists:
“End the investigation now!”

Join one of these actions in your area or organize one! Email [email protected] with your event details to list on our site.

 

2. Participate in the National call in day September 24

Call Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas at 312-353-5300 x 68027

Tell him to "End the investigation of anti-war and international solidarity activists."

 

Background:

Two years after the September 24, 2010 FBI raids and grand jury repression that targeted 23 Midwest anti-war, Palestinian and international solidarity activists, the Committee to Stop FBI Repression is urging activists around the country to take action. Two years is enough! It is time for the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s office to say, once and for all, that this investigation is over.

After two long years, the activists who faced raids and subpoenaed are still being threatened. This needs to be taken seriously. In late July 2012, Northern Illinois Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas refused to return much of the material seized in the FBI raid on the home of Hatem Abudayyeh, citing the ongoing “material support for terrorism” investigation.

Barry Jonas is well known for participating in one of the worst violations of civil liberties in the past decade. He played a leading role in prosecuting the leaders of the Holy Land Foundation while he was trial attorney for the Department of Justice Counter-terrorism Section.

The Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office has told lawyers representing the anti-war and international solidarity activists that they are preparing “multiple indictments of multiple people.” Barry Jonas’ refusal to return Abudayyeh’s papers is the latest confirmation that the investigation has not ended and that the Justice Department is continuing its vendetta against those who are working for peace with justice. In a number of “material support of terrorism” cases, there has been a gap of one to three or more years between the FBI raids and indictments.

Most of the activists targeted in this case, including Abudayyeh, helped organize the massive protest at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota. At that time, an undercover law enforcement officer, going by the name of “Karen Sullivan,” infiltrated the protest efforts and stuck around to spy and lie about many of the 23 activists.

That Barry Jonas is now the lead prosecutor for the international solidarity activists is troubling. Jonas is a pro-Israel ideologue whose work in prosecuting the Holy Land case exposed his politically motivated willingness to trample on the rights of accused Palestinians. As the lead prosecutor in the Holy Land case, Jonas used secret witnesses (the defense never got to find out who the witnesses were), hearsay evidence and the introduction of evidence that had nothing to do with the defendants in the case - such as showing a video from Palestine of protesters burning an American flag - as a means to prejudice the jury. The result was that five men, who did nothing wrong, are sitting in prison with sentences that range between 15 and 65 years.

The U.S. is becoming a more repressive place. Hundreds of Arabs and Muslims have and are facing unjust prosecutions, or have already been put behind bars. Also, a grand jury is threatening political activists in the Northwest; criminal proceedings are taking place against NATO protesters in Chicago; and the Occupy movement has faced a wave of police violence.

Through our collective action, we were able to win a victory against the FBI frame up of veteran Chicano activist Carlos Montes.

We need to continue the fight to against all political repression. Together we will win!

So, please organize protests and events the week of September 20th – 26th, demanding, two years after September 24 raids on anti-war and international solidarity activists: “End the investigation now!”

And plan to participate in the National call in day September 24, to Asst. U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas.

Thanks, and see you in the streets!