PHOTO: SAKURA KELLEY
On Sept. 28 about a hundred people gathered in front of the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan to protest FBI raids of activist homes late last week. The demonstration was one of over 20 held in cities across the country, including Chicago, Minneapolis and DC, denouncing the FBI harassment of anitwar and solidarity activist. Last week the FBI served subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to about a dozen activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan.Several people spoke at the demonstration, expressing concerns about the recent raids as well as the trend of government intimidation of activist. Amadi Ajamu, a member of the December 12th Movement, emphasized the importance of not cooperating with the FBI.
“We have to do something different this time. We have to figure out how not to collaborate with these political juries,” Ajamu said.
She added, to a round of applause: “We will not be intimidated by this process!”
Councilman Charles Barron (D-East New York) said it was important for everyone at the rally to continue their work with antiwar and solidarity groups.
“These fascists [FBI] are not going to intimidate us. We’re going to keep fighting for Palestine, fighting against the war and fighting for other social justice issues…The president and the people should not stand for this violation of civil rights,” Barron said.