Chicago - Regional Organizing Conference

Event Information
Sat, 2011-02-12 12:00 - 17:00
300 S. Ashland
Chicago, IL
United States

Regional organizing conference of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression
The conference will be at 300 S. Ashland, Chicago.

The agenda will include:

  • Updates from an attorney and from folks subpoenaed
  • Discussion about the significance of the case
  • A panel : Speaking out Against Repression – addressing struggles against repression past and present.
  • Plans for the future of this fight

The conference will be followed by a fundraiser for Chicago’s Committee Against Political Repression:

Heartland Café
7000 N. Glenwood
$10 donation
7:00 pm to close

Join with many of the anti-war, international solidarity and
Palestinian activists who have stood up to FBI raids and grand jury repression.

Relax, dance and enjoy the music of The Amoreys and Environmental Encroachment

If you are willing to help with the tasks of the conference or the fundraiser, please send an email.

Flyer PDF for the Chicago Regional Conference

Program for the Midwest Regional Conference of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression

300 S. Ashland, Chicago
Saturday, February 12th
Noon to 5 pm
12:00  Registration
12:20 – Opening welcome from Carl Rosen, United Electrical Workers

12:30 – 1:15 Update from attorneys and subpoenaed activists with Q & A

  • Jim Fennerty, National Lawyers Guild, Chicago, and Sarah Smith, Chicago - subpoenaed in December, will be joined by:
  • Jess Sundin, Minneapolis - raided and subpoenaed in September;
  • and Tracy Molm, Minneapolis - raided and subpoenaed in September; subpoena re-activated in November

1:15 – 2Pm plenary discussion on the significance of the case

2pm -3:00 panel:” The struggle against repression present and past”

  • Jose Lopez, Director of Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago; Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan African News Wire, Detroit; and Carrie Feldman, grand jury resister in a green scare case, jailed for contempt of court in November 2009, will be joined by:
  • Christina Abraham, Civil Rights Director, Council on American Islamic Relations - Chicago 

3:00 – 4:00 break-out sessions
1.       Palestine solidarity:  discussion including backlash and repression against Palestine solidarity on college campuses; also how can we use our case to push forward the Palestinian cause.
2.       Defending democratic rights/civil liberties:  discussion including further Q & A about the FBI & Grand Jury repression; how it is affecting others, for example Memphis activists intimidated on January 25th.
3.       Students:  Building the movement on campus against FBI & grand jury repression.
4.       Labor:  Efforts to gather more statements from unions and labor councils.
5.       Legislative efforts.  Discussion of national, state, city council and other efforts.
6.       Anti-war movement:   plans to take our message out locally and nationally.

4:00 – 5:00 pm plans for future
Organizations are invited to reserve literature tables for $20.

7:00 pm  Fundraiser at the Heartland Café, 7000 N. Glenwood, $10 donation

Solidarity statements:

  • Luce Guillen Givins of the RNC 8, unjustly charged with felonies for protests at the Republican National Convention, 2008, will be joined by:
  • Mark Clements, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, tortured by Chicago Police officer Jon Burge;
  • Anne Evens, subpoenaed to a grand jury in 1988 for breaking US embargo on Nicaragua;
  • and Nelson Peery, author of Black Radical, on FBI repression in the McCarthy era.

Enjoy the music of the Amoreys and Environmental Encroachment

Plus:  a Silent Auction to benefit the Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Don’t forget the “Right to Remain Silent Auction” that is going on NOW through this Friday.


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