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Collected reports from Twin Cities Indymedia
Over 150 people attended a community meeting at Walker Church in Minneapolis Friday night, most on less than six hours notice, to begin to respond to Friday morning’s FBI raids and subpoenas to local antiwar and international solidarity organizers. (See video of the meeting here.) At the church, activists confirmed that five homes and the Anti-War Committee’s office were raided.
Organizers also announced two upcoming events: a protest outside the Minneapolis FBI office, 111 Washington Ave. S., at 4:30pm on Monday; and a solidarity committee meeting on Thursday at 7pm, location to be determined. The subpoenas ask activists to appear before a grand jury in Chicago, where a solidarity vigil was held last night as a raid was still ongoing in that city, at varying times in October.
Videos: Friday Afternoon Press Conference | Mick Kelly Interview: Guns drawn, FBI raids peace activist’s apartment, “Don’t F*ck With Our Activists” (The Uptake) More: Original TCIMC Story: Activist Houses Raided| CIMC: Activists Respond in Chicago | Twin Cities Daily Planet coverage | Corporate Coverage: New York Times | Chicago Tribune
The following statement was read and agreed upon and signed by nearly 150 people at the community meeting at Walker Church on the evening of Friday, September 24, 2010.
Statement of Solidarity with Activists Raided and Subpoenaed on 9/24/10
The raids and grand jury subpoeanas against antiwar and international solidarity activists on the morning of Friday, September 24, 2010 are not just an attack on particular activists, but on our movements for social justice as a whole. With a united voice, we condemn this repression; we demand the federal government cease its investigation and withdraw the subpoenas immediately; and we vow to continue our work for true justice.
We reject the allegation that the government’s investigation into our movements is based on “material support for terrorism” in any form. This allegation is particularly ludicrous considering the terror tactics the U.S. government engages in on a daily basis, both globally and domestically. Aimed against valued members of our community, the raids against activists on Friday morning were particularly offensive to us. However, we recognize that they are unexceptional instances of repression when compared to the daily crimes against humanity carried out by U.S. imperialism.
We refuse to let the accusations of a notoriously untruthful, repressive government divide us in any way. Because an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, we resolve to set any ideological or other political differences aside and respond in solidarity with one another. Our struggle will continue.
(read the full list of signatories at http://tc.indymedia.org/2010/sep/community-solidarity-statement-activists-raided-and-subpoenaed-92410 )
At Least 19 Demonstrations Planned This Week
Minneapolis, MN – 4:30, FBI Office Monday, 111 Washington Ave. S.
Chicago, IL – 4:30 Federal Building, Federal Plaza.
Kalamazoo, MI – 4:30 Federal Building, 410 W Michigan Ave
Salt Lake City, Utah – 9 AM at Federal Building
Durham, NC – 12 noon Federal Building, 323 E Chapel Hill St
Buffalo, NY- 4:30 pm at FBI Building – Corner of So. Elmwood Ave. &
Gainesville, FL – Monday, 4:30 PM at FBI Building
NYC, NY – 4:30 to 6pm Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza,
Newark, NJ – 5 to 6pm Federal Building Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA – 4:30pm Federal Building, 6th & Market,
Washington DC – 4:30 – 5:30 FBI Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
Boston, MA – 5 pm, JFK Federal Building
Detroit, MI – 4:30 pm McNamara Federal Building, Michigan Ave. at Cass
Raleigh, NC – 9 am. Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave
Asheville, NC – 5 pm Federal Building,
Atlanta, GA – Noon, FBI Building
Los Angeles, CA – 5 pm, Downtown Federal Building, 300 N Los Angeles St
Tucson, AZ – 5 pm Federal Building
Albany, NY – 5 to 6 pm Federal Building