(11AM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)
I’ve been reading around the Left web for the past couple of hours, and it is heartening to see the quick solidarity toward the Freedom Road Socialist Organization comrades being subjected to police raids and the confiscation of vast quantities of their personal papers, records, mementos, and even money.
Left activists from across the spectrum are organizing a series of emergency protest rallies around the country over the next few days, using Facebook and other social media to spread the word. A list of those rallies and various related items on the flip.
Rallies scheduled as of this moment:
Minneapolis, MN – 4:30, FBI Office Monday, 111 Washington Ave. S.
Chicago, IL – 4:30 Fedeeral Building, Federal Plaza.
Kalamazoo, MI – 4:30 Federal Building, 410 W Michigan Ave
Salt Lake City, Utah – 9 AM at Federal Building
Durham, NC – 12 noon Federal Building, 323 E Chapel Hill St
Buffalo, NY- 4:30 pm at FBI Building – Corner of So. Elmwood Ave. & Niagara St.
Gainesville, FL – Monday, 4:30 PM at FBI Building
NYC, NY – 4:30 to 6pm Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza,
Newark, NJ – 5 to 6pm Federal Building Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA – 4:30pm Federal Building, 6th & Market,
Washington DC – 4:30 – 5:30 FBI Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
Boston, MA – 5 pm, JFK Federal Building
Detroit, MI – 4:30 pm McNamara Federal Building, Michigan Ave. at Cass
Raleigh, NC – 9 am. Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave
Asheville, NC – 1 pm Federal Building,
Atlanta, GA – Noon, FBI Building
Los Angeles, CA – 5 pm, Downtown Federal Building, 300 N Los Angeles St
Tucson, AZ – 5 pm Federal Building
Columbus, OH – 5pm Federal Building, 200 N High
Albany, NY – 5 to 6 pm Federal Building
Here’s the community solidarity statement from the Twin Cities emergency meeting the night of the raids:
Statement of Solidarity with Activists Raided and Subpoenaed on 9/24/10
The raids and grand jury subpoenas against antiwar and international solidarity activists on the morning of Friday, September 24, 2010 are not just an attack on particular activists, but on our movements for social justice as a whole. With a united voice, we condemn this repression; we demand the federal government cease its investigation and withdraw the subpoenas immediately; and we vow to continue our work for true justice.
We reject the allegation that the government’s investigation into our movements is based on “material support for terrorism” in any form. This allegation is particularly ludicrous considering the terror tactics the U.S. government engages in on a daily basis, both globally and domestically. Aimed against valued members of our community, the raids against activists on Friday morning were particularly offensive to us. However, we recognize that they are unexceptional instances of repression when compared to the daily crimes against humanity carried out by U.S. imperialism.
We refuse to let the accusations of a notoriously untruthful, repressive government divide us in any way. Because an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, we resolve to set any ideological or other political differences aside and respond in solidarity with one another. Our struggle will continue.
The publication that some of those raided are participants in:
“What to do if an agent knocks”:
Statement of a personal acquaintance of the people raided:
I have had the pleasure of knowing these people. Not only do they seem to me to lack the desire to materially support foreign terrorist organizations, but they lack the means to provide what I would consider material support. I suspect most people would consider significant sums of money, weapons, refuge and the like to be material support. We’re talking about a guy who gets his income from cooking part-time at a college pub, a school teacher, some sort of office worker at the U of M and a part-time auto mechanic (maybe apprentice would be a more apt description). These are not exactly people of great means, let alone people with the means to provide what most would consider material support. I don’t think any of them would know where to go to buy a gun. I’ve been to the homes of two of them, and they don’t have a lot of room for out of town guests (ruling out the refuge thing). They mostly help organize little protests where most of the time 20 people showing up is a good turnout. They hold press conferences mostly attended by independent (as opposed to corporate) media types. One serves as an editor for a newspaper with not what most would consider a large readership. They’re good people with good hearts and more tenacity than I’ll ever have. They’re not providing anybody with material support, though. And they’re definitely not a threat to anybody. Once again, though, paranoia needs to be created. Let’s convince people there are dangerous people in their midst. Let’s do everything possible to keep the public’s attention focused on anyone but those who are actually harming them.