The FBI is knocking on anti-war activists’ doors around the country…
Stop the attacks on civil liberties
Stop repression against the Anti-War 23
All around us, there’s an erosion of our civil liberties:
- Racial profiling and repression against Muslims and Arabs
- Passage of the NDAA that allows the government to indefinitely detain Americans or anyone else without trial
- The horrifying presidential “kill list”
- The nationwide police attacks on the Occupy movement
- The increasing classification of activists and protesters as “terrorists” (for example the recent cases of the NATO 5 and Cleveland 5, and the close-to-home examples of the RNC 8 and the Anti-War 23)
- Dramatically increasing government surveillance and criminalizing of people for their beliefs and associations, which are supposed to be protected by the First Amendment
The government thinks they can get away with this all because people are often afraid of becoming targets themselves for speaking out against all of this. But looking at history, the only way to stop the erosion of civil liberties is to stand up and fight to defend our rights. When McCarthyism went wild in the 1950s, and then COINTELPRO in the 1960s, it was only stopped when mass movements boldly stood up against repression. We’ve reached a time again when a mass movement is needed to push back against not only particular cases of repression, but against the wave of repression as a whole. It’s time for solidarity.
SUPPORT THE ANTI-WAR 23
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) formed to defend the 23 anti-war & international solidarity activists whose homes and offices were raided by the FBI on September 24, 2010. The FBI was supposedly searching for evidence of “material support for foreign terrorism.” The 23 were called before a grand jury, but they refused to testify because it’s a witch hunt designed to criminalize and harm the anti-war and international solidarity movement. By refusing to testify, they are all at risk of being jailed for contempt of court. So far nobody has been jailed.
The investigation of the Anti-War 23 for “terrorism” continues to this day. In the past few months, FBI agents showed up at the homes of anti-war activists in North Carolina and Utah, where they tried to ask questions about anti-war and Colombia solidarity work and several anti-war and leftist organizations that were named in documents related to the 2010 FBI raids and grand jury subpoenas of activists from Chicago and Minneapolis.
Across the country organizations and individuals are standing together to protest the U.S. government’s attempt to silence and criminalize anti-war and international solidarity activists. We see the raids and subpoenas as an attack on anti-war and other progressive movements. It is an attack on our freedom to speak, our freedom to assemble with like-minded people, and our freedom to tell the government that their actions and policies are wrong. It is an attempt to clear the way for more U.S. military wars and occupations of other countries.
Join with us in the Committee to Stop FBI Repression to demand an end to the repression against the Anti-War 23. Join with us in solidarity with all people being targeted just because they’re Muslim or Arab; because they’re denouncing U.S. wars in Colombia and Palestine; or standing up for justice by joining the Occupy movement or protesting NATO’s wars.
Take action to stop repression and to stand up for civil liberties!
- Sign our petition at stopfbi.net
- Call President. Obama at 202-456-1111.
- Call Attorney General Holder at 202-514-2001. Tell them to stop FBI & grand jury repression against anti-war activists
- Go to StopFBI.net to sign up on our email list and to learn more