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annm4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-10 04:10 PM
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FBI Raid Victims Get New Grand Jury Subpoenas (Peace Activist, Social Justice Activist Witch hunt)...
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** they have to choose between testifying or sitting in jail. They do have have a right for a defense lawyer sitting with them at the Grand Jury trial. A Judge is not present. Only those subpoenaed, the prosecutor, and the jury)

Minneapolis, MN, November 18, 2010. Three of the nine Minneapolis peace activists who's homes were raided on September 24, 2010 received notice of new subpoenas coming from the Chicago Grand Jury ordering appearances some time after Thanksgiving.

Details are being resolved with the victim's attorneys and the Chicago US Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald. The subpoenas will likely include immunity which forces the individuals to testify or face jail time. The the activists are Sarah Martin, Tracy Molm and Anh Pham.Supporters rallied in the fresh cold evening in solidarity with the activists and to enlist further community support.

A delegation of activists from Minneapolis is in Washington today to seek "Dear Colleague Letters" and other action from the Minnesota Congressional Delegation.

(yes, it was freaking cold out there.. we are in front of the Federal Building)

Speaking at the press conference, Tracy Molm, a union organizer for AFSCME Local 3800 and anti-war activist said, I will continue to speak out against war and injustice. I will not be intimidated by FBI raids or the threat posed by the grand jury.

Marie Braun of Women Against Military Madness and the Twin Cities Peace Campaign told the crowd, I have worked with Sarah Martin in WAMM for many years and she is a close personal friend. She also stated, I have also worked with Tracy and Anh in the Iraq Peace Action Coalition and other coalitions to organize non-violent anti-war protests, rallies, protests at the Republican National Convention, educational events to speak out against sanctions, torture, pre-emptive war polices, the atrocities of wars and many other issues. They too are my friends and I am appalled that they are being subpoenaed to appear in front of a grand jury.

Jess Sundin, one of the main organizers of the 30,000 person march on the Republican National Convention, stated, If our friends choose not to testify, they could be imprisoned. It could be for months or even years, like in the case of Professor Abdelhaleem Ashqar, who faced the same prosecutor we face and who was investigated of violating the same law we are confronting. Before he was acquitted of the charges against him, Dr. Ashqar was sentenced to criminal contempt for refusing to testify before Fitzgeralds grand jury in Chicago. The punitive sentence against him was more than 11 years. Again, he was acquitted of the crimes the grand jury was investigating.

Sundin concluded, This is a frightening tale, but it shows how very important our work is. We have to make it politically untenable for these three women to be imprisoned. Fitzgerald has political aspirations; he hopes to be the next head of the FBI. Thats a White House appointment, open next year. Weve got to build a movement to stand behind Sarah, Anh and Tracy, a movement so big, broad and loud, that it cannot be ignored. A movement so strong, that Fitzgerald wont do to them what he did to Dr. Ashqar.

(towards the end of the video Coleen Rowley explains what abuse we can expect in the future and why we all need to be involved)

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molly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-10 06:45 PM
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1. Bad sign when peace activists are suspect by US SS
And 99% of the nation does not know that we live in fascist land.
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NYMdaveNYI Donating Member (497 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-10 07:20 PM
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2. Absolutely, dude. nt
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