Monday, October 11
7:30pm - 9:00pm
405 Milbank Hall, Barnard College
3009 Broadway New York, NY
Sponsored by: Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine
As part of the Global Days of Action for Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian Political
Prisoners, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine presents a talk featuring:
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, Cisco is a Vietnam Veteran who
fought for the grievances of Black and Latino soldiers upon his return to the
states. A former Black Panther, he has been a community activist since his discharge
from th...e military in 1969. He worked with troubled youth up to the day of his
arrest. Freed on bail in September 2007, Cisco is the sole defendant to still face
charges as part of the San Francisco 8, a group of Black Panthers arrested for their
alleged involvement in the 1971 murder of Sgt. John V. Young.
Lamis Deek is a Palestinian organizer born in Nablus, Palestine and raised in New
York. She is member and co-chair of Al-Awda New York. She works in the field of
political asylum and general litigation and witnessed the trial of Ahmad Sa’adat as
well as those of numerous other Palestinian political prisoners.
American University in Cairo post-graduate student and journalist Michael Kennedy
has worked in documenting the remains of what was once al-Fara'a detention center
for minors near the West Bank city of Nablus. Through this photo exhibit and study,
he tells the story of imprisonment and torture through the eyes of Raed, a man now
in his forties, who was once a child prisoner.
Co-sponsored by: Al-Awda NY, Lucha, BSO
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Video:FBI agents remove boxes from peace activist Mick Kelly’s apartment and place them in their vehicles:
FBI agents raided six homes in Minneapolis and two in Chicago today, apparently looking for links to terrorist activity. The Minneapolis raids targeted peace activists who were active in protesting the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul — among them Jessica Sundin and Mick Kelly, organizers of the massive march on the first day of the RNC. Travel and phone records were reportedly taken from their homes.
At a home on Park Avenue in Minneapolis, FBI agents arrived early this morning with a warrant. The person who answered the door says that the FBI pushed past her and began searching every room of the home, from attic to basement, looking at CDs, DVDs, books, photos and papers. Before leaving, the FBI issued subpoenas for the peace activists to appear before a Grand Jury in Chicago on Oct. 12.
This is one of the subpoenas that was served today. It commands the activists to bring along documents and photos of any trip to Columbia, Jordan, Syria, the Palestinian Territories or Israel and any records of payments to “Hatem Abudayyeh, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC).”
Above the Hard Times Cafe in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, the FBI allegedly kicked in doors and entered Mick Kelly’s second-floor apartment this morning with guns drawn. Hours later, as many as half a dozen agents began carrying boxes down to their vehicles: a grey Chevy Impala on the street and two black SUVs parked behind the cafe. This is the search warrant the FBI had for Kelly’s apartment.
The search warrant indicates the FBI was seeking evidence that Kelly was “providing, attempting and conspiring to provide material support to …foreign terrorist organizations” (FTOs). Specifically the FBI is interested in Kelly’s work with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) and travel he may or may not have made to Palestine and Columbia.
Women against Military Madness held a 4pm news conference today to talk about the raids.
Members of the peace community are gathering at Walker Church today at 5:30pm to give advice and comfort to those who had their homes raided.
Where three of the six Minneapolis raids were:
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Jacob Wheeler, Ciriem Saadeh and Marty Owings contributed information and video to this report.