In the fall of 2010, the FBI raided a number of homes and an office across various midwestern cities in the United States. These raids were the result of infiltrations into communities of peace activists by agents of the FBI, and have resulted in 23 subpoenas and a variety of other threats from the federal government, a result of the activists’ choice to peaceably assemble, speak and petition for the redress of grievances. If that sort of activity sounds familiar, that’s because it is not criminalized but rather endorsed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is essential that the conduct of political dissent be defended, whether or not we agree with a particular cause, because the erosion of the rights of dissent for one activist community will lead to the erosion of political protest rights for everyone.
If you agree that dissent is essential to keep the heart of American democracy beating, and if you feel that the FBI in particular and the U.S. government generally stop infiltrating and intimidating peaceful, law-abiding activists, then you are invited to gather in one of dozens of communities across the country on a day of protest called for January 25 2010 by the Committee to Stop FBI Repression.
As of tonight, protests are planned in these cities: Tuscaloosa, AL | Tucson, AZ | Los Angeles, CA | San Francisco, CA | San Jose, CA | Hartford, CT | New Haven, CT | Washington, DC | Gainesville, FL | Tallahassee, FL | Atlanta, GA | Chicago, IL | Louisville, KY | Boston, MA | Ann Arbor, MI | Detroit, MI | Duluth, MN | Asheville, NC | Albany, NY | New York, NY | Dallas, TX | Provo, UT | Seattle, WA | Milwaukee, WI. Chances are, in other words, that there will be a demonstration near you.