What the People Say
Cindy Sheehan, speaking 5/21/11 in Minneapolis
Margaret Randall is a poet, essayist, historian, teacher, radical activist, mother and grandmother. Here she talks about the anti-war and international solidarity activists raided by the FBI on September 24, 2010 and the others who were served with Chicago Grand Jury subpoenas. (Recorded 3/5/2011, Minneapolis, MN)
It's incredible that at this date in 2010 the FBI is still trying to carry on the work of J. Edgar Hoover. People should flood the offices in Washington with their opinions of this unconstitutional behavior.
While the immediate targets of the raids were activists in movements in solidarity with trade unionists and others facing violence in Colombia and the Middle East, their purpose is to disrupt the unity of progressive movements by sowing suspicion, distrust, and an aura of guilt by association. I am not too young to remember the dark days of McCarthyism in our country, and I know very well what the effect of such government reprisals can be.
Anna Baltzer, Dec. 29, 2010
I send my full support for the international solidarity and anti-war activists who have been targeted by the FBI over the past months. These shameless attempts to silence dissent are testimony to just how effective these people of conscience have been at exposing the truth about US atrocities in Palestine, Colombia, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. The FBI’s scandalous repression will prove futile as the movements for global justice and an end to US and Israeli impunity grow stronger with every passing day. The ethically bankrupt actions by the FBI stand in stark contrast to the courage and integrity of the targeted activists.