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FBI infiltration of anti-war movement uncovered in Minneapolis

Jess Sundin speaking at the press conference (Fight Back! News / Kim Defranco)

The following is a very valuable and important article from Fight Back!, the newspaper of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization:

Minneapolis, MN – At a press conference here, Jan. 12, Jess Sundin of the Twin Cites based Anti-War Committee (AWC) blasted police infiltration of the anti-war and international solidarity movement, stating, “We are here today to express outrage that our democratic rights have been violated by a government operation of spying, infiltration and disruption of our anti-war movement, which was carried out over the course of at least two and half years.”

The exposure of an undercover law enforcement agent in the Twin Cities anti-war movement is linked to the Sept. 24, 2010 FBI raids on peace and international solidarity organizers and the subpoenas that have been served on 23 activists to appear in front of a Chicago Grand Jury.

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Stop FBI Raids and Harassment: A call for action at Federal Buildings and FBI Offices

Fight Back News Service is circulating the following national call to action from the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee.

We denounce the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists. The FBI raided seven houses and an office in Chicago and Minneapolis on Friday, September 24, 2010. The FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to eleven activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. The FBI also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.

This suppression of civil rights is aimed at those who dedicate their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war. The FBI has indicated that the grand jury is investigating the activists for possible material support of terrorism charges.

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Speakers at Minneapolis anti-war event slam war threat on Korean peninsula

The following article is from Fight Back! News:

Minneapolis, MN – Anti-war activists gathered here at May Day Books, June 6, for an anti-war event titled “New War Crisis in Korea?” The featured speakers were Mick Kelly, the editor of Fight Back! newspaper and Meredith Aby, a leader of the Anti-War Committee. The event was sponsored by May Day Books and the Anti-War Committee.

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Minnesota protests Israeli killings of activists bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza

The following article is from Fight Back! News:

Minneapolis, MN – More than 200 people gathered here, June 1, at the office of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, to protest the Israeli murders of pro-Palestine activists who were bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Speaking to the crowd, Meredith Aby of the Anti-War Committee said, “We are here today to protest the outrageous acts of the Israeli military on Monday, May 31 to the Freedom Flotilla which was trying to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza. Israeli commandos boarded the ships in international waters and killed at least ten people for the ‘crime’ of trying to bring humanitarian aid to Palestinians.”

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Minnesotans detained in and deported from Israel return home, denounce, “the tight grip of the Israeli occupation of Palestine”

The following is from Fight Back! News:

Minnesotans detained in and deported from Israel return home, denounce, “the tight grip of the Israeli occupation of Palestine”
By staff  

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Katrina Plotz, center speaking at airport press conference. Sara Martin to her left.

Bloomington, MN – Israeli security forces refused entry to three U.S. solidarity activists for attempting to participate in a human rights delegation organized by the Palestine Solidarity Group. Sarah Martin, member of Women Against Military Madness, and Katrina Plotz, of the Anti-War Committee, refused voluntary deportation and were forcibly deported Sunday evening, August 2. It was an emotional reunion at the airport on Monday afternoon, as Martin and Plotz were greeted with cheers and embraces by dozens of friends and supporters, carrying signs reading “Free Palestine!” and “End the occupation!”  

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URGENT ALERT: Minnesota activists jailed in Israel

pal%20delegation_previewFight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Twin Cities-based Anti-War Committee (www.antiwarcommittee.org):

URGENT ALERT: Minnesota activists jailed in Israel

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We have just learned that Israeli security forces have refused entry to three U.S. activists attempting to visit the Palestinian Territories. One of them, Karen Sullivan, is being sent home on a flight tonight, and two others, Sarah Martin and Katrina Plotz have refused to leave, and are being taken into custody. They are being treated as criminals, while their only goal was to learn about the reality of life for the Palestinian people. All three should be allowed to enter the country, as millions of tourists do every year.

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Freedom Road: Lessons from the RNC

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The following is from the website of Freedom Road Socialist Organization:

Lessons From the RNC:
Mass Mobilization and Militant Actions Advance the Struggle

by Freedom Road Socialist Organization

The Republican National Convention brought many of the biggest war-makers to Minnesota. The people’s movements from across the U.S. responded by organizing four days of demonstrations against the RNC. Freedom Road Socialist Organization prioritized organizing against the RNC and helped build multiple days of protest including the mass anti-war march of 30-35,000 people on September 1st and the “No Peace for the Warmakers” militant march turned civil disobedience on September 4th.

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Call In Day on Monday, October 13th: Hold Police Accountable for Brutality and Unlawful Arrests!

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Call In Day on Monday, October 13th:  Hold Police Accountable for Brutality and Unlawful Arrests!

818 people were arrested during the RNC protests.  Please call these officials to demand that all charges be dropped!  Please forward this email to others to spread the word and print off the flyer and distribute it to others!  This call-in day is organized by the Anti-War Committee (612.379.3899, info@antiwarcommittee.org, antiwarcommittee.org).

Call Mayor Coleman @ 651.266.8510
Mayor Chris Coleman misled the public and allowed St. Paul to become a militarized police state during the RNC.  Riot police lined the streets of the permitted march on Sept 1.  On Sept 4, the city-sponsored “public viewing area” across from the Xcel Center was closed to the public.  Throughout the week, protesters were attacked with pepper spray, tear gas, concussion grenades, rubber bullets and police batons.  Coleman called the actions of police “nothing short of heroic.”  Call Mayor Coleman to demand that police be held accountable for their brutality at the RNC and that all charges against protesters be dropped! Continue reading

Anti-war march challenges McCain on last day of RNC

Anti-war march challenges McCain on last day of RNC
Crowd repeatedly tear gassed, 396 arrested as police pull out all stops to prevent anti-war march from reaching Xcel Center

Jess Sundin of the Anti-War Committee on Day 4 of RNC, Sep 4, 2008

by Brad Sigal

St. Paul, MN – On the final day of the Republican National Convention, Sept. 4, over 1000 protesters took to the streets to deliver a strong anti-war message while John McCain was speaking. The march was initiated by the Twin Cities-based Anti-War Committee, with the theme, “No peace for the war-makers.”

Thousands of riot police repeatedly blocked the anti-war march from getting anywhere near the Xcel Center, even though there was supposed to be a ‘public viewing area’ that was to be open to any protesters until 11:00 pm each day of the RNC.

By the end of the march, hundreds of people were tear gassed and subjected to concussion grenades. 396 people were indiscriminately rounded up and arrested, including fifteen journalists. More people were arrested at this march than the rest of the Saint Paul RNC protests combined. Continue reading

Video of RNC Day 4 Protest: No Peace for the Warmakers!

Mick Kelly shows off the bruise at a news conference Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 in St. Paul, Minn., that he said he received after getting hit by a projectile fired by riot police as anti-war protesters gathered near the State Capitol Thursday night, Sept. 4, 2008 in St. Paul where the Republican National Convention was nearing an end. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Mick Kelly shows off the bruise he received after getting hit by a projectile fired by riot police at the protest on the 4th day of the RNC. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

“Despite repeated police provocations and attempts to disperse the protest, the marchers stayed together and stayed in the streets for over three hours until McCain was speaking after 9:00 pm.”

The article posted below about the militant protest on day four of the RNC is from Fight Back!. To read about the 30,000 person strong march on day one of the RNC, check out this post.

Video: Anti-war protest on Day 4 of RNC

St. Paul, MN - On September 4, the final day of the RNC, 2,000 protesters took to the streets here to deliver a militant anti-war message. The march was organized by the Twin Cities-based Anti-War Committee, with the theme “No Peace for the Warmakers.” The march was supposed to go to the Xcel Center, to show dissent while McCain was speaking. Instead, riot police declared the march an ‘unlawful assembly’ and blocked every road leading toward the Xcel Center. This is despite repeated pre-RNC assurances that there would be a ‘public viewing area’ right outside the Xcel Center where anyone could observe or express themselves during the RNC, which they claimed would be open to anyone until 11:00 pm daily. Despite repeated police provocations and attempts to disperse the protest, the marchers stayed together and stayed in the streets for over three hours until McCain was speaking after 9:00 pm. The march ended in teargassing and the mass arrest of 396 people, while McCain was speaking inside the Xcel Center. The following video captures much of the spirit of the march, which was the final protest during the RNC.