The FBI Raids: The Activist Community Responds to Government Intrusion (11/6, 1-4pm, DC Friends Mtg)

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Thomas Nephew

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 The FBI Raids:  The Activist Community Responds to Government Intrusion

On September 24th, 2010, the FBI raided anti-war and solidarity activists in Chicago (two homes) and Minneapolis (five homes and the office of the Anti-War Committee). During the raids, the FBI took computers, cell phones, documents and personal family items.  In total, 14 activists in Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan were subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury.  They have subsequently refused to appear.


During this teach-in, civil liberties activists and experts examine the FBI raids and other attacks on activists, your legal rights, and how our community can respond.


Saturday, November 6th, 2010

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Friends Meeting of Washington

2111 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

(just north of Dupont Circle, west of Connecticut Avenue)



Brought to you by National Lawyer's Guild, American Civil Liberties Union, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Washington Peace Center and Defending Dissent Foundation


if your organization would like to co-sponsor this event, please sign up at:



1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

What’s Going On and What Are the Legal Rules in Place?

*  Update on the FBI raids and other recent incidents of harassment, infiltration and surveillance of activist groups -- Sue Udry, Defending Dissent Foundation

* A look at the laws and other tools that police and intelligence agencies use to quash dissent -- Michelle Richardson, ACLU
*  “Material support for terrorism” charges and the Supreme Court’s Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project decision:  what every peace, solidarity and union activist needs to know -- Kay Guinane, Charity and Security Network

*  Function of a Grand Jury -- John Hardenbergh, National Lawyers Guild


2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

What Are Our Rights

* Know Your Rights, in the streets, in your home, at your office -- Jeff Light, Rachael Moshman, Ann Wilcox, John Hardenbergh, National Lawyers Guild


3:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How Should the Movement Respond?

A discussion led by activists Michael Beer, Nadine Bloch, Raed Jarrar, Gael Murphy

* Solidarity, support and resistance – how should the movement respond to the raids and other recent provocations?

* Advocacy to change the laws that allow unconstitutional surveillance, infiltration and detention.


For more information about this program, contact Malachy Kilbride at 202-841-2230 or by email at

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