Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2020
The FBI came unannounced to knock on doors at two apartments in
Chicago this morning. FBI agent Robert Parker, under orders from U.S.
Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's office, delivered a subpoena to Maureen
Murphy. Murphy, like several other individuals served subpoenas, is
an organizer with the Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago and is the
Managing Editor of the online journal "Electronic Intifada".
This continues the repression unleashed by Fitzgerald on the anti-war
movement since September 24th, when fourteen subpoenas were delivered
to anti-war, labor, and solidarity activists in coordinated raids
involving more than 70 federal agents. Armed FBI agents raided homes,
taking computers, phones, passports, documents, notebooks, and even
children's artwork. A total of 23 subpoenas have been served to
activists around the country.
Maureen Murphy said, "Along with several others, I am being summoned
to appear before the Grand Jury on Tuesday, January 25th, in the
Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. We are being targeted for the
work we do to end U.S. funding of the Israeli occupation, ending the
war in Afghanistan and ending the occupation of Iraq. What is at
stake for all of us is our right to dissent and organize to change
harmful US foreign policy." Ms. Murphy is also the Managing Editor of
the widely-read website, The Electronic Intifada.
In addition, three women in Minneapolis - Tracy Molm, Anh Pham, and
Sara Martin - are threatened with reactivated subpoenas by
Fitzgerald's office and new Grand Jury dates. Tom Burke of the
Committee to Stop FBI Repression explained, "It is likely the three
individuals, like all the others so far, will continue to refuse to
take part in Fitzgerald's witch hunt. Fitzgerald can then call for
putting them in jail as long as he wants."
For more information:
Contact: Tom Burke, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, 773-844-3612