Demonstration to end FBI surveillance of peace groups
Rhode Island Mobilization Committee to End War and Occupation, and American Friends Service Committee – South East New England Office
RI group to protest FBI raids on the antiwar movement
The RI Mobilization Committee to Stop War and Occupation (RIMC) has called for a protest of the recent FBI raids on the antiwar movement in Minneapolis and other cities. The protest will be held outside the Federal Building in Providence, this Wednesday, September 29 from 5 to 6 PM. Similar protests are being held around the country this week to oppose FBI intimidation of the antiwar movement and defend freedom of speech.
On the morning of September 24, FBI agents armed with grand jury subpoenas raided the homes of several antiwar and social justice activists in Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois. Using the pretext of investigating “terrorism,” and with “possibly providing material aid to terrorists,” the FBI agents – 20 in the Twin Cities and 12 in Chicago – were armed with search and seizure warrants. They seized computers, cell phones, political leaflets and other printed materials, as well as personal belongings.
The activists were ordered to appear before grand juries in various cities investigating criminal activity and possible association with “terrorist” organizations. In a recent statement, the United National Antiwar Committee denounced the government’s raids, seizures and subpoenas as an attack on the entire antiwar movement and all organizations seeking social justice and an end to U.S. wars of intervention around the world.
The New York Times covered the story in this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/25/us/politics/25search.html?_r=1&hpw
Martha Yager, Program Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Southeast New England, and a member of RIMC, has been to Palestine, and the AFSC, a large international organization, is one of the groups that has been harassed by the FBI.
The demands for the protest in Providence are: 1) Stop the repression against antiwar and international solidarity activists; 2) Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.; and 3) End the grand jury proceedings and FBI raids against all antiwar activists.
RIMC is urging everyone who supports civil liberties to join us at the Federal Building in Providence on Wednesday at 5:00 PM to oppose government harassment of the antiwar movement and support freedom of speech.
Martha Yager, 508-399-6699 (office), 603-491-6529 (cell) Shaun Joseph, 401-572-1663 (cell)