Minneapolis Anti-War Committee Chalks Up FBI

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The Anti-War Committee and a number of their allies staged a protest rally on chalked sidewalks in front of the Minneapolis FBI office yesterday. The FBI has issued 23 subpoenas for the Chicago Grand Jury including nine from Minnesota. The Minnesotans’ homes were raided last September 24. Repeat subpoenas were issued to three of the Minnesota groups but they, like the rest of the targets, have refused to appear before the Grand Jury.

There was a brief disagreement with representatives of the city about chalk messages. The protest group had checked with the Minneapolis Police and were assured that chalk messaging was acceptable on public sidewalks. Building management requested no chalk on their space and that request was honored.

The threat of continued action hangs over the heads of the entire group. Patrick Fitzgerald, US Attorney in Chicago, has told them that each targeted person must have their own attorney, no attorney may represent a group of them. This has increased legal costs, so rallies are also fund-raising events.

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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