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September 27, 2010

2010.09.27: Protest Against FBI Attack on Union and Other Activists

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 9:35 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Protest Against FBI Attack on Union and Other Activists

In the wake of 9/11, ALAA condemned the government’s “assault on precious civil liberties and democratic rights.” In Defense of Civil Liberties (February 21, 2002), https://alaa2325.wordpress.com/2002/02/21/in-defense-of-civil-liberties/

Our resolution specifically deplored attempts to suppress antiwar dissent through false accusations of “terrorism,” and through “FBI spying on domestic religious and political organizations.” Such measures, it pointed out, “mirrors other shameful periods of racial, ethnic and/or political hysteria in American history,” including McCarthyism in the 1950s and the FBI’s COINTELPRO campaign against Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists in the 1960s.

Last week, the FBI launched just such an attack by raiding the homes of antiwar and Palestine rights activists in Minneapolis, Chicago and elsewhere. Among the targets is Joe Iosbaker, a staff member at University of Illinois at Chicago and a steward for Service Employees International Union Local 73. (SEIU is 1199’s parent union.) As in the past, the clear purpose of these raids is to punish, intimidate and silence domestic opponents of U.S. war policies.

Opposition to this attack will include an NYC protest from 4:30-6:00 on Tuesday at FBI headquarters, 26 Federal Plaza.

Further information is listed below:

FBI Raids: Protests in 27 cities this week called by solidarity activists
The anti-war activists targeted by FBI agents with search warrants Friday said they did nothing wrong, voicing resolve at a West Side rally today to continue opposing U.S. policy in the Middle East and South America.
http://www.iacenter.org/actions/fbi-raids092610/

Labor Beat: Chicago Press Conference Protests FBI Raids
On Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 a press conference was held to protest the FBI raids the day before on Chicago-area anti-war activists.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-ugQusghXw

Activists call FBI raids massive “fishing expedition”
The definition of terrorist organization is deeply political. For example, organizations that have planned and executed attacks on Cuba are not included on the U.S. government’s list. And during apartheid in South Africa, the now-ruling African National Congress was deemed a terrorist organization by the Reagan-Bush administrations.
http://www.examiner.com/independent-in-chicago/activists-call-fbi-raids-massive-fishing-expedition

Chicagoans Investigated for Terrorism
A Logan Square couple investigated for alleged ties to terrorist organizations, says they are victims of government intimidation. But they are not afraid
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/joe-iosbaker-stephanie-weiner-investigated-20100925

Inspector General Criticism Doesn’t Faze FBI Raids on Midwestern Anti-war Activists
The war on dissent, rather than terrorism, continued full steam with FBI SWAT teams breaking down doors at 7 am Friday (Sept 24) morning and raiding the homes of several anti-war leaders and activists in Minneapolis, Chicago and possibly a couple other Midwest cities.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/coleen-rowley/inspector-general-critici_b_738932.html

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