Jan. 25: Take Action to Protest FBI and Grand Jury Repression!

Date: 
Tue, 2011-01-25 (All day)

Join the National Day of Action on Tuesday January 25, 2011

January 25 National FlyerIn December 2010, under the direction of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the FBI delivered nine new subpoenas in Chicago to anti-war and Palestine solidarity activists. Patrick Fitzgerald’s office is ordering the nine to appear at a Grand Jury in Chicago on January 25.

In response we are calling for protests on Jan. 25 across the country and around the world to show our solidarity. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of people will be protesting at Federal Buildings, FBI offices, and other appropriate places, showing solidarity with the nine newly subpoenaed activists, and with all the activists whose homes were raided by the FBI.

Fitzgerald’s expanding web of repression already includes the fourteen subpoenaed when the FBI stormed into homes on September 24th, carting away phones, computers, notebooks, diaries, and children’s artwork. In October, all fourteen activists from Chicago, Minneapolis, and Michigan each decided to not participate in the secret proceedings of Fitzgerald’s Grand Jury. Each signed a letter invoking their Fifth Amendment rights. However, three women from Minneapolis—Tracy Molm, Anh Pham, and Sarah Martin—are facing re-activated subpoenas. They are standing strong and we are asking you to stand with them – and with the newly subpoenaed nine activists – by protesting Patrick Fitzgerald and his use of the Grand Jury and FBI to repress anti-war and international solidarity activists.

Defend free speech! Defend the right to organize! Opposing war and occupation is not a crime!

  • Tell Patrick Fitzgerald to call off the Grand Jury!
  • Stop FBI raids and repression!

Take Action!

Please organize a local protest or picket in your city or on your campus on Tuesday Jan. 25 and e-mail us at [email protected] to let us know what you have planned.

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression www.StopFBI.net

Please e-mail [email protected] or call 612-379-3585

Resources

Here is a flyer you can use for your local protest (pdf). Just fill in the time and location of your local protest, and local contact information if you want.

You can also use this template for a press release, organizers can fill in the brackets or add quotes as they see fit.

Actions and protests

Comments

Chicago protest

We started with a press conference inside the Dirksen Federal Building, which is where the grand jury is located. There is a press area on the ground floor, just past security. We used it on Dec. 23rd for the press conference after Maureen Murphy and four others were subpoenaed. Yesterday, we were thrown out of the building under some threat by U.S. Marshalls who came up with a rule that only "people who work for the government" can use that press area; or maybe if we had been indicted then our lawyers could speak there, but we couldn't have anyone else with us.

Anyone who watched the Fitzgerald/Blagojevich circus last summer knows this is where the disgraced former governor and his lawyers held his daily press conferences.

While our schedule was thrown off, it didn't stop the picket line outside from starting up. A favorite chant: "No grand jury, no witch hunt." For almost two hours in the cold, an enthusiastic crowd chanted and marched, gathered for speeches and then picketed some more. Busses from the Mosque Foundation and the Pedro Albizu Campos High School rolled up and unloaded groups of young people. The youth from the Humboldt Park neighborhood chanted for the Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar Lopez Rivera, "The FBI's a monster, they won't let Oscar prosper."

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").

Dublin, Ireland - Protest FBI Repression

In solidarity with our brothers and sisters fighting the good fight, activists in Ireland are to hold a protest at the US embassy.

US Embassy, Pembroke Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland

3pm - 4pm Tuesday the 25th of January.

Protest FBI Repression of Palestinian Solidarity and Anti-War Activists at the US embassy.

Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=148963415159156

http://facebook.com/ActForPalestine

Protest in Houston, Texas

In Houston (Texas), there will be a protest on Tuesday, January 25th

The protest will begin at 5:30 PM and go on until around 7:30 PM.

It will be at:
Mick Leland Federal Building,
1919 Smith St. (The corner of Smith and St. Joseph Parkway)
Houston, TX, 77002

Please add this information to the website.

We Support Anti War/Solidarity Activists.

We support you and will protest in Chicago. We will contact our sisters and brothers and tell them to protest Patrick Fitzgerald's destruction of our civil liberties wherever they live. Solidarity.

RIGHT TO PROTEST TO CONSITUTIONALLY PROTECTED

How can this be happening in our country? WHO is behind this attack on our freedom? Who is pulling these strings? Did we not elect a president with a background in consitutional law? Is this coming from Eric Holder? From Homeland Security? It truly is frightening what is happening to our country.

No Way I'd Rather Spend My Birthday!

Than protesting FBI/state repression!!!! Come on, Seattle! Let's do it.

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