Monday, September 27, 2010

Boston: Protest FBI Attacks on Progressives in Minneapolis and Chicago


WHEN: Monday, September 27, 2010 -- Between 4pm - 6pm.
WHERE: In front of the offices of the FBI. JFK Building. Government Center, Boston
WHAT: Bring your signs, chants and outrage at this latest attack on freedom of expresion and political dissent

The government of Barack Obama is responsible for the acts of the FBI and we should demand an explanation and an immediate stop to the persecution of progressive activists. People in the U.S. should remember the Palmer Raids of yesteryears and say that we will not tolerate a repeat of history. We also have to work towards repealing the law that allows the state to persecute progressives: the Patriot Act.

Our solidarity goes to all the activists that have been targeted on this act of repression and intimidation.

Below is a brief news summary of the events we protest:

The FBI searched eight homes in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of a "terrorism" investigation on Friday 9/24. FBI spokesman Steve Warfield told The Associated Press agents served six warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago ."These were search warrants only," Warfield said. "We're not anticipating any arrests at this time. They're seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism." The home of Minneapolis anti-war activists Mick Kelly and Jess Sundin were among those searched, they told the AP.

"The FBI is harassing anti-war organizers and leaders, folks who opposed U.S. intervention in the Middle East and Latin America ," Kelly said before agents confiscated his cell phone. Sundin called the suggestion they were connected with terrorism "pretty hilarious and ridiculous." The agents took "computers, several boxes of papers, everything related to data like discs," Sundin said.

Both Sundin and Kelly were organizers of a mass march on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in St. Paul two years ago, and recently appeared at a news conference to announce plans for another protest if Minneapolis is selected to hold the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Police estimated the peaceful march drew 10,000 protesters; organizers put the figure at 30,000. More than 800 people were arrested during the four days of the convention, including Sundin and Kelly. Sundin said they've already sought permits for 2012, "something I don't think terrorists would do."

Call issued by the Boston May Day Committee

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