Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fight Grand Jury Repression - National Call-in Day, Tues. Feb. 1

Committee to Stop FBI Repression
to Fitzpatrick, Holder and Obama
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Over 50 cities, hundreds of groups, and thousands of people protested
against FBI and U.S. Grand Jury repression on Tuesday January
25. The protests are a response to ongoing and expanding repression
originating from U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's office in
Chicago. On September 24th, the FBI raided anti-war and solidarity
activists' homes and subpoenaed fourteen in Chicago, Minneapolis, and
Michigan. All fourteen decided to not appear before the Grand Jury
in October. The Grand Jury is a secret and closed inquisition, where
the U.S. Attorney controls the entire proceedings, hand picks the
jurors, there is no judge, and the activists are not allowed a lawyer.

The following month, three Minneapolis women had their subpoenas
reactivated and they are still waiting in limbo. Then nine more
Palestine solidarity activists, most Arab-Americans, were subpoenaed
to appear at the Grand Jury on January 25, 2011, launching renewed protests.

Now we are asking you to call those in charge of the repression aimed
against anti-war leaders and the growing Palestine solidarity movement.
We want your help in promoting the national call in day to demand:
-- Call Off the Grand Jury Witch-hunt Against International
Solidarity Activists!
-- Support Free Speech!
-- Support the Right to Organize!
-- Stop FBI Repression!
-- International Solidarity Is Not a Crime!

Three calls:
1. Call U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald at 312-353-5300. Then dial
0 (zero) for operator and ask to leave a message with the Duty Clerk.
2. Call U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder 202-353-1555
3. Call President Obama at 202-456-1111

Suggested text: "My name is __________, I am from _______(city), in
______(state). I am calling U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (Eric
Holder, President Obama) to demand he call off the Grand Jury and
stop FBI repression against the anti-war and Palestine solidarity
movements. I oppose U.S. government political repression and support
the right to free speech and the right to assembly of the 23
activists subpoenaed. We will not be criminalized. Tell him to stop
this McCarthy-type witch hunt against international solidarity activists!

**Please sign and circulate our new petition at

Visit or write or call 612-379-3585.

Thank you,
Tom Burke,
for the Committee to Stop FBI Repression
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