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The Growing Menace of FBI Repression

When: Friday, December 17, 2010, 2:30 pm
Where: First Parish Church • 3 Church St, Harvard Square • Cambridge

BOSTON-UNAC 
presents
a FORUM

STEPHANIE WEINER, Chicago antiwar/solidarity activist subpoenaed for grand jury re: false aiding terrorism charges

CHUCK TURNER, Roxbury community activist & City Councillor targeted by FBI

NANCY MURRAY, Director, Bill of Rights Education Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Mass.

LAILA MURAD, Tarek Mehanna Support Committee. Mehanna targeted by FBI when he refused to spy on Muslim community and now in solitary confinement

On September 24, the FBI raided seven Chicago and Minneapolis homes of well-known anti-war and international solidarity activists. Their ranks included a number of trade unionists. Also raided was the office of the Minneapolis – St. Paul based Anti-War Committee.
 
The FBI took computer hard drives, cell phones, documents, newspapers and children’s artwork. They took 28 boxes out of one Chicago home, including a framed photo of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shaking hands with Malcolm X. The FBI subpoenaed 14 activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan to testify at a grand jury. According to the FBI, the goal of the raids was to show material support for terrorism charges. It is outrageous! The U.S. government is trying to put people in jail for anti-war and international solidarity activism. These people have done nothing wrong. They have given money to no one. Their freedom is at stake. 

We all need to join together as the government repression continues and expands.  This is an attack on our movement.  Go to ww.stopfbi.net for latest information.   These are antiwar and social justice activists and people who have been involved in international solidarity efforts, around Colombia and Palestine.

Suggested donation of $5 to cover event costs.

e-mail BostonUNAC@gmail.com for more info.

Map to location: http://bit.ly/FirstParish  

 

Co-Sponsors:BOSTON COALITION FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS, BOSTON MAY DAY COALITION, BOSTON NEW SOCIALIST PROJECT, BOSTON UNIVERSITY ANTIWAR COMMITTEE, CODE PINK BOSTON, INTERNATIONAL ACTION CENTER, INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST ORGANIZATION, MASS. GLOBAL ACTION, MILITARY FAMILIES SPEAK OUT, NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD–MASS. CHAPTER, NEWTON DIALOGUES on PEACE and WAR, SOCIALIST PARTY, STOP THE WARS COALITION, VETERANS FOR PEACE – SMEDLEY BUTLER BRIGADE, UNITED FOR JUSTICE WITH PEACE, WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM

 


Background

BOSTON-UNAC is a newly formed chapter of national UNAC.  Its purpose is to implement action campaigns and the April 9th national bi-coastal demonstrations as voted on at the UNAC conference in Albany last July. 

Stephanie Weiner has taught English in Chicago City Colleges for 25 years.  In 2007-2008, she was honored as Wright College Adult Educator of the Year. She is also the advisor to Wright College Students for a Democratic Society and had been the advisor to the Peace and Justice club since 2002.

Stephanie is active with the Palestine Solidarity Group.  One of their campaigns is to end the Chicago Sister City relationship with Petach Tikva, a city near Tel Aviv.  Stephanie is a founding member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3506.  She had previously served on the executive board and on the bargaining committee. Stephanie was active in the struggle in her community in opposition to police brutality and wrongful convictions.  Her work in the Committee Exigimos Justicia helped win freedom for a number of people.

Chuck Turner has been a community organizer and civil rights activist in Boston since 1966. Referred to as one of the best-known agitators in the city, he was elected to the Boston City Council in 1999 where he served until an FBI campaign resulted in his removal from council this year. He graduated from Harvard in 1963. He joined the influential civil rights group, the Northern Student Movement. In 1966, he joined the South End Neighborhood Action Program where he fought gentrification. Turner worked with the community to pressure the city to provide trash clean-up in black neighborhoods. A leader of the United Community Construction Workers, he crusaded against job discrimination. In 1991, unsatisfied with the mayor’s enforcement of fair employment practices, Turner led a sit-in resulting in a number of key concessions.

His strategies and skills spearheaded other efforts. He played a leading role in a successful campaign to stop a highway planned to run through predominantly black neighborhoods. As a city council member, Turner continued his defense of civil and human rights. He authored an ordinance protecting the transgendered from discrimination. He successfully led an effort to protect the affirmative action when Governor Mitt Romney attacked it.

Tarek Mehanna is a young Muslim leader from the Boston area who was targeted and arrested by the FBI after he refused to become an informant against his own community. Tarek has been illegally held in 23-hour solitary confinement in Plymouth, MA for over a year pre-trial. The trial will not even begin until October of 2011. His arrest is part of an ongoing campaign of FBI repression against Arab and Muslim communities.

The Tarek Mehanna Support committee is a grassroots group of activists and community members working to free Tarek, educate the public about the conditions of prisoners, and build a strong network to defend our communities from FBI abuse.

Tarek Mehanna Support Committee www.freetarek.com  freetarek@gmail.com
 

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