Despite FBI Raids, Peace Activists Defiant and Determined

Peace Activists discuss how to react to FBI raids

By Bill Sorem
Minneapolis, MN, Jan 11, 2011.
Plymouth Congregational Church hosts a panel discussion on FBI abuses following the September 24, 2010 raid on Minneapolis peace activists. Panelist Meredith Aby’s home was raided and panelist Sarah Martin has been issued a new subpoena for the Chicago Grand Jury. They are vocal and defiant in their commitment to stand up for their rights and not cower before Patrick Fitzgerald, Chicago US Attorney.

Support has come from many quarters. Bruce Nestor, Minneapolis civil rights attorney and member of the National Lawyers Guild recounted experiences with the material support issue. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas expressed concern for “mixed tactics” of some groups, that is approving both violent and non-violent actions. He identified FARC, a revolutionary Armed Force in Columbia as a non-productive recipient of peace groups support. This position was disputed by some attendees.

Video of entire panel discussion

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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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