On September 28, as part of a national series of protests, representatives of a great many groups descended on FBI headquarters to protest the raids on Freedom Road Socialist Organization activists in Minnapolis and Chicago.
It is highly unusual to see the ISO and ANSWER on the same stage at the same time, but they were together at this protest of the FBI’s outrageous act of raw aggression against our entire community.
Representatives of organizations from Code Pink to Black is Back worked together to assemble a protest a FBI headquarters on such short notice.
These raids are an escalation of prior raids on activists here, in Pittsburgh, and Minniapolis/St Paul. This time around, the FBI, the organization behind the fires of Waco, Tx, is going nuclear with grand jury subpeonas and talk of “material support” for “terrorists.”
Well, as Rev Hagler pointed out,all protesters against apartheid in S Africa when he was active on that issue in DC would have been accused of providing “material support” to the African National Congress (if they stood in solidarity with the ANC)under today’s laws. This is because Ronald Reagan declared the ANC to be “terrorists” in his own solidarity with the former racist Apartheid regime.
So it was then, and so it is now-the FBI represents rich bankers and executives who are terrified by people around the world protesting or taking up arms against their “banana republic” model. Protests or armed struggle, no difference to them-ALL opposition is deemed “terrorism!”
A dozen grand jury subpeonas came out of the raids, and here’s my take on that. Every recipient of these subpeonas has two options-appear and refuse to testify, or refuse to appear. Naming names and revealing organizational details is snitching, and nothing can ever justify that.
The Grand Jury meets October 5, and if we make this case hot enough, the recipients of the subpeonas can refuse to appear, go underground, and wait for us to force the courts to abandon these illegitimate subpeonas. It’s up to us to lay on enough heat and vengeance that people with families won’t have to stay underground any longer than they would wait in jail if they appear and refuse to snitch.
This FBI tag was seen outside the protest, on an SUV that disgorged agents who walked through the protest to enter the building