Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters across the country in the face of FBI repression of progressive causes. SDSers, along with members of the Palestine Solidarity Group, the Twin-Cities Anti-War Committee, the Colombia Action Network, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera had their homes searched and documents and electronic devices seized.
"The government hopes to use a grand jury to frame up activists. The goal of these raids is to harass and try to intimidate the movement against U.S. wars and occupations, and those who oppose U.S. support for repressive regimes," said Colombia solidarity activist Tom Burke, one of those handed a subpoena by the FBI. "They are designed to suppress dissent and free speech, to divide the peace movement, and to pave the way for more U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and Latin America."
Grace Kelley, an SDSer from the University of Minnesota, said “SDS at the U of M condemns the terror tactics used by the FBI to silence activists who organize against wars and for peace here in Minneapolis as well as across the nation. Tracy Molm from SDS at U of M was one of the activists whose house was raided. SDSers across the country need to stand up and condemn these raids and say that we will not be scared into silence, that we will continue to stand up and fight for what’s right”.
Several activists in Minnesota and Chicago have had papers, CDs, and cell phones stolen among other items; as well as being issued subpoenas to appear before a federal grand jury. The FBI are apparently looking for evidence linking activists to "material support of terrorism" specifically liberation struggles in Colombia and Palestine. In addition to SDSers being harassed in Minneapolis, two SDSers in Milwaukee were also contacted by the FBI about their anti-war activism.
The activists involved have done nothing wrong and are refusing to be pulled into conversations with the FBI about their political views or organizing against war and occupation. No arrests have been made – make no mistake, this is a fishing expedition by the FBI.
We urge all progressive activists to show solidarity with those individuals targeted by the U.S. Government. Activists have the right not to speak with the FBI and are encouraged to politely refuse - just say “No”.
Show your support! Organize solidarity actions in your city demanding that the FBI halt all searches and seizures against progressive activists who have done nothing wrong. Contact your local media and let them know that we will not tolerate this kind of harassment from the government. And be aware – if the FBI knocks, you do not have to give out any information or answer any questions.
For more information, contact:
Grace Kelley, University of Minnesota SDS: 612.709.3424
Kas Schwerdtfeger, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee SDS: 262.893.2806
I don't know. As C.I. points out in the snapshot, the FBI admits to eight raids today and there were zero arrests. That really doesn't appear to indicate wrong doing on the part of the activists. It feels like another time, when another ego maniac roamed the White House. He had two daughters as well, also a frightening looking wife. So is Tricky Barack the new Tricky Dick?
I have no idea but there need to be answers for the raids that took place today.
I'm really bothered by the fact that the wires and local outlets are the only ones covering the story thus far. I even checked The Progressive but there's nothing up there.
"Did He Really Say That?" (Cindy Sheehan, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox):
Since 9/11, I have been arrested many times for just exercising my civil rights to free speech and freedom of expression, and I am just one of thousands—I don’t think our civil liberties are “stronger” since 9/11. In fact, just today, antiwar and social justice activists had their homes raided in all parts of this country by the FBI. I resent having to, for all intents and purposes, walk nude throughout airport security and I resent the entire police state mentality of airport personnel who, but for the “grace” of 9/11 could just as likely be saying: “would you like that super-sized,” as “I’m going to have to search you.” Even their lives aren’t better being wage slaves for the Police State.
Speaking of that, everyone I know in my wide circle of concern is either unemployed or underemployed. For example, my son, a new father, is working three jobs just to provide for his small family and hasn’t worked in his trade as a land surveyor for a year and a half. Andy’s story is not an unusual or special one. The job market has certainly not been made "stronger." The housing market has not been made "stronger" and OUR economy is as weak as my newborn grandson. It has no muscle tone or control and can only whine and scream because that’s the only way it can express itself now. At least my grandbaby is adorable.As you can see, Cindy Sheehan wasn't staring into the sun day dreaming. She's aware of the news and calling it out. The column is about Barack's comment that the US could "absorb" another terrorist attack like the one that took place on September 11, 2001. It is one of the many tone deaf (at best) statements that he has made. He is truly ignorant. He recently spoke of Mexico's "history" and he didn't know a damn thing he was saying. Now he's making comments that come across so insulting.
But this is the man, remember, who 'joked' about how he could use drones to kill people who displeased him (the Jonas Brothers were the target of that 'joke'). I am appalled by him because I do seriously believe he is as corrupt as George W. Bush but,and this is the really frightening part, he repeatedly gets away with it. Which is how we get -- yeah, I'm about to say it -- an IVAW president disgracing himself by happy talking Barack at this late date. (Monday on WBAI.) Which is how we get that man making a fool of himself and acting as if Barack wins in a match up against John McCain. Not only do we not know how John McCain would have governed, but John McCain is not the monster under the bed that makes Barack go down easier. Heaven help us all if those are choices: Death I and Death II.
The most frightening thing about all of Barack's abuses and murders and crimes is the fact that there's so little effort put into calling him out. You really can count the few who do. C.I. does. Cindy Sheehan does. Tariq Ali's doing it. But far too many people want to make excuses for the man who's responsible for the deaths of Pakistanis, the deaths of Iraqis, Afghanis, the continued illegal imprisonments in Guantanamo and so very much more.
As scary as the Bush Days were, there was always the fact that so many of us objected to him. As much as he tried to destroy our democracy, there was the fact that we did not go silently to the death chamber. Those days appear to be a thing of the past.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):