[Ppnews] Texas activists subpoenaed by grand jury in wake of Mpls arrests

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Fri Oct 10 11:04:00 EDT 2008


Police Continue Harassment of Texas Activists in Wake of RNC

Over a month after the conclusion of the
Republican National Convention in St. Paul,
Minnesota, the FBI continues to harass and
intimidate activists who chose to voice their opinions about the status quo.

In the last ten days, five activists in Houston
and Austin have received subpoenas to appear
before a Federal Grand Jury in Minneapolis on
October 21. Several other activists have had
their homes, or those of parents and friends, visited by the FBI.

According to the FBI, the Texas activists, like
the RNC Welcoming Committee, fell victim to an
FBI informant (see
http://twincities.indymedia.org/2008/sep/documents-fbi-and-doj-infiltration-austin-affinity-group). 

As a result, two Texans, David McKay and Bradley
Crowder, remain incarcerated in Minneapolis,
facing ten years each for allegedly possessing
Molotov cocktails. Because the Grand Jury in the
McKay­Crowder case has already returned an
indictment, it is suspected that the current
subpoenas relate to a separate case.

The subpoenas are only the latest step that the
government has taken in its attempts to
intimidate and silence activists protesting the
RNC. Police actions in the Twin Cities have
included house raids, pulling over and detaining
activists at gunpoint, mass arrests, arbitrary
searches, and vehicle impoundments.

The Texans ask that you stand with them in their
continued struggle against the government’s war
on activism and the First Amendment, the archaic
and oppressive Grand Jury system, and the
imprisonment, surveillance, harassment and
intimidation of activists everywhere. They ask
that you educate yourselves and your communities
about the history and tactics of political
repression, and how to resist it, especially in
relation to Grand Juries. They also ask that you
continue to raise money for all the activists who
face long and costly legal battles resulting from the RNC protests.

Solidarity forever!

To find out more about supporting the Texas
activists, contact: VanSolidarity at riseup.net

Brief Grand Jury reading list:
http://www.infoshop.org/breakingglasspress/GrandJuries.PDF
http://www.nocompromise.org/issues/22gj-craig.html
http://grandjuryresistance.org/



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