Defend Free Speech!
No FBI Intimidation of the
Tuesday, 9/28/10 -- 4:30 pm- 6 pm
The Federal Building, 6th and Market
Philadelphia area peace and justice activists are calling for a
demonstration outside of the Federal Building at 6th and Market for
4:30 pm - 6 pm on Monday, 9/27/10 to protest FBI raids on the homes of
antiwar and international solidarity activists in Minneapolis, Chicago,
North Carolina and Michigan. The widely reported fact that some of the
raid victims are supporters of a socialist
organization infects these raids with the stench of McCarthyism.
These outrageous raids come on the heels of the
September 2010 Inspector General’s “Review of the FBI’s
Investigation of Certain Domestic Advocacy Groups” reporting that
federal agents from 2001-2006, under the guise of stopping terrorism,
had spied on antiwar activists and events sponsored by the Catholic
Worker, Greenpeace, Quakers, and others. It has been further
revealed that the PA Department of Homeland Security, through a
$125,000 a year contract with the 'Institute for Terrorism Research
& Response' (an Israeli/U.S private surveillance firm) tracked
peace, environmental, and protest groups across the state.
These raids have also taken place amidst widespread Islamophobic
hysteria promoted by various media outlets and the far right.
These raids are a direct attack on free speech and freedom of
association aimed at dividing the antiwar movement and frightening
people away from political activity. This blatant attack on free speech
must be opposed by all people who are concerned with the preservation
of Constitutional rights.
Brandywine Peace Community
BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action
Chris Robinson, Northwest Greens
Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia
Phila. International Action Center
Philly Against War
Philadelphia Progressive Democrats of America
Philly Socialist Action
Philadelphia Regional Antiwar Network PRAWN
United Antiwar Committee of Philadelphia
World Can't Wait, Philadelphia