Saturday, February 19 · 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY
Please register for the conference here:
Antiwar activism & international solidarity are NOT crimes!
FBI & Grand Jury Repression
SATURDAY, FEB. 19
1 to 5 PM
Judson Memorial Church – Main Hall
55 Washington Square South, NY, NY 10012
Join us for Panels, Discussions and Break-out groups
Updates on FBI & Grand Jury Repression & Review of Past Grand Jury Witchhunts
Speakers include Hatem Abudayyeh from Chicago, Mick Kelly and Sarah Martin from
Minneapolis who were raided by the FBI and/or subpoenaed to appear at U.S. Attorney
Patrick Fitzgerald's Grand Jury and National Lawyers Guild attorney Jim Fenerty.
The Climate of repression and building a fightback against anti-Muslim repression,
preemptive prosecution, entrapment
Panel to include families and/or lawyers from Project Salam, Newburgh 4, Fort Dix 5,
Holy Land Case, Siraj Matin and Faisal Hashmi cases and Guantanamo cases.
Break out groups and discussion
Action Plans for the future of this fight, Know your rights training sessions,
Targeting of the Palestinian movement, Strategy and tactics nationally
On September 24, 2010 the FBI raided seven Chicago and Minneapolis homes of
well-known anti-war and international solidarity activists. Their ranks included a
number of trade unionists. Also raided was the office of the Minneapolis–St. Paul
based Anti-War Committee. The FBI subpoenaed fourteen activists in Illinois,
Minnesota and Michigan to testify at a grand jury. Then in December 2010, nine more
people — all Palestini-ans or Palestine solidarity activists in Chicago — were
ordered to testify before the same grand jury.
According to the FBI, the goal of the raids was to show material support for
terrorism charges. It is outrageous! The U.S. government is trying to put people in
jail for anti -war and international solidarity activism. These people have done
nothing wrong, yet their freedom is at stake.
Those targeted are well-known leaders in the anti-war movement and many helped to
organize the huge protest against the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN
in September 2008. This is the suppression of our de-mocratic rights. It threatens
our families, our children and our communities. This is a U.S. government attempt to
silence those who support resistance to oppression in the Middle East and Latin
America, by putting people in jail.
The 23 targeted activists are refusing to be pulled into conversations with the FBI
about their political views or their organizing against war and occupation.
A NYC Working Committee includes representatives and supporters from:
Anti-Repression Committee from the NYC National Lawyers Guild, NYCISPES, Veterans
For Peace Chapter 34 NYC, Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST), NYC International
Socialist Organization, BAYAN USA, Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, May 1 Coalition for
Workers & Immigrant Rights, Muslim Solidarity Committee, Friends and Family of the
Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism,
Resistance in Brooklyn, Al Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition NY,
International Action Center, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, NYC School of the
Americas Watch, World Can't Wait, War Resisters League, Coney Island Avenue Project,
Free Mumia Coalition, Picture The Homeless, Brooklyn for Peace, Workers World Party,
Todd Eaton of NYprotest Event Announcement Listserv, Project SALAM, Freedom
Socialist Party, Marxist-Humanist Initiative