“Don’t Fuck With Our Activists” -Mobilizing Against FBI Raids

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Minneapolis, September 24, 2010. The many faceted local peace community rallied quickly to protest and to act against the FBI search and seizure of 6 homes of peace activists and a local peace office. Computers, cell phones, files and records, passports were among items swept up in the early morning raid. This action came a few days after the FBI’s Inspector General criticized the FBI for lying to Justice Department about raids and surveillence of peace groups after 9/11. Washington Post

The 5:30 rally turned out several hundred concerned citizens who heard the first-person stories of the searches. There was a concern that the FBI motivation covered support of Palestinians and Colombian activists. Targets were ordered to report to a Chicago Grand Jury in the future. There will be continued action against the FBI actions including protests to the FBI IG, and local members of Congress. There will be a rally Monday, 9/27 in front of the Minneapolis FBI office.

Earlier in the day, at 4 p.m., Minneapolis peace activists including Jessica Sundin, Meredith Aby and Mick Kelly held a press conference outside Sundin’s Park Avenue home in Minneapolis, which was raided at 7 a.m. by the FBI. The activists, who likely drew the FBI’s attention for their solidarity work in Palestine and Columbia, were surrounded by dozens of supporters and fellow peace demonstrators. On Monday they will hold a rally outside the Minneapolis FBI office.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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