[Ppnews] Students subpoena US Attorney Fitzgerald - end FBI raids and Grand Juries
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Students subpoena U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald
By Chapin Gray |
January 15, 2011
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Student activists in Chicago attempted to deliver a giant subpoena to
US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to call attention to the unjust raids
and subpoenas of anti-war and international solidarity actions since
24 September 2010 (Fight Back! News/Maureen Murphy)
Chicago, IL - "Stop the subpoenas, stop the raids! We are here, we
aren't afraid!" On a chilly morning, Jan. 14, over 50 people gathered
at the Federal Building in downtown Chicago to deliver a mock
subpoena to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is in charge
of the wave of FBI raids, harassment and subpoenas that began last
September across the country. Since then, 23 people have been
summoned to appear before a federal grand jury in Chicago and all
have refused to participate in what is being called a political witch hunt.
Several protesters took the giant-sized subpoena inside the Federal
Building to deliver personally to Fitzgerald. The subpoena reads,
"You have been summoned to appear in front of the People's Court. You
have been subpoenaed to testify on your attempts to silence and
criminalize the anti-war and international solidarity movements. The
raids and subpoenas you ordered on activists across the Midwest are
an attack on our freedom to speak out and organize when the actions
and policies of the government are wrong."
The protesters were stopped immediately by U.S. marshals when they
entered the building and told they could not go past the lobby
without Fitzgerald's permission. They then claimed Fitzgerald was not
in his office, but finally agreed to put the subpoena on Fitzgerald's
desk at the beginning of the next week.
Students from Students for Justice in Palestine, the Wright College
and University of Illinois-Chicago chapters of Students for a
Democratic Society and Columbia Art Activists organized the action to
put pressure on Fitzgerald to call off the grand jury proceedings and
stop the intimidation, harassment, and repression. Speakers included
Sam Dreessen from Students for Justice in Palestine, Kait McIntyre of
Students for a Democratic Society and Stan Smith, whose daughter
Sarah Smith is one of those being subpoenaed.
"The FBI said on Dec. 3 my daughter was being subpoenaed," said
Smith. "This, the FBI claims, is a grand jury investigation into some
type of support for terrorism. Now it's Jan. 14 and they still
haven't delivered it. They scheduled it last Tuesday, but called to
cancel because a few inches of snow. They have not rescheduled. I
think their attitude shows the real reason for this investigation is
not to keep us safe from terrorism, but to harass and intimidate
those opposed to U.S. wars. "
Organizers say they chose to hold the demonstration close to the 82nd
anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, to
draw a connection between FBI repression of the COINTELPRO era and
today. "We chose this day to commemorate the birthday of Dr. King,
another activist the FBI deemed dangerous," said McIntyre. "The FBI
tried to silence Dr. King for trying to make the world a more just place."
The Chicago Committee against Political Repression (CAPR) was formed
to organize to defend the targets of FBI repression. On Jan. 25, CAPR
will hold a demonstration, one of dozens of actions happening across
the country, to mark the day the nine most recent subpoenaed are set
to appear before the grand jury. For more information, visit
SF - Protest FBI and Grand Jury Repression!
Join the National Day of Action:
January 25, 2011 -- from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
US Federal Building
90 - 7th Street
On September 24, the FBI raided seven Chicago and Minneapolis homes
of anti-war and international solidarity activists, and 14 activists
were subpoenaed to appear before the Grand Jury. All 14 refused to participate.
In December, nine more Palestine solidarity and anti-war activists
were subpoenaed to appear before the Grand Jury on January 25, 2011.
Fight U.S. Government Criminalization of Anti-War Activism!
JOIN organizations and individuals around the country to Protest in
San Francisco on January 25.
Bay Area Committee to Stop Political Repression
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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