The following statement was read and agreed upon at a community meeting at Walker Church in Minneapolis on the evening of Friday, September 24, 2010. If you would like to add your name and/or organization to this list, *please email ActivismIsNotTerrorism@gmail.com.*
**Statement of Solidarity with Activists Raided and Subpoenaed on 9/24/10**
The raids and grand jury subpoenas against antiwar and international solidarity activists on the morning of Friday, September 24, 2010 are not just an attack on particular activists, but on our movements for social justice as a whole. With a united voice, we condemn this repression; we demand the federal government cease its investigation and withdraw the subpoenas immediately; and we vow to continue our work for true justice.
We reject the allegation that the government’s investigation into our movements is based on “material support for terrorism” in any form. This allegation is particularly ludicrous considering the terror tactics the U.S. government engages in on a daily basis, both globally and domestically. Aimed against valued members of our community, the raids against activists on Friday morning were particularly offensive to us. However, we recognize that they are unexceptional instances of repression when compared to the daily crimes against humanity carried out by U.S. imperialism.
We refuse to let the accusations of a notoriously untruthful, repressive government divide us in any way. Because an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, we resolve to set any ideological or other political differences aside and respond in solidarity with one another. Our struggle will continue. Read the rest of this entry »
On July 9th, Isaac and Michael were found guilty of Disorderly Conduct for an anti-fur protest in front of Ribnick Furs.
Communities United Against Police Brutality, along with local animal rights activists, are calling for a protest in front of Ribnick Furs on Wedensday, July 14 starting at 4:30 to protest the injustice to the First Amendment and the cruelty of the fur trade.
Isaac and Michael will also be sentenced at 8:15 AM on the 14th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center on the same day.
In addition, money is needed for their appeal, and more information can be found on their newly launched website: http://deathtrade.wordpress.com/
On March 4, 2010, Isaac Peter and Michael Lawson were arrested outside of Ribnick Fur’s while exercising their first amendment right to picket on public property.
Come out and support Isaac, Michael, and the First Amendment. The trial will likely be more than one day but we don’t know yet.
Hope to see YOU there!!!
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Government Center (415 South 5th Street, Minneapolis)
Check with the court clerk for the court room.
——Please Cross Post——
March 29- Drop the charges!: Call-in In Support Of Minneapolis Fur Protesters
When? Monday March 29th, all day
Who? Susan Segal, city attorney 612-673-3272
As fur protesters and avid animal lovers Isaac Peter and Michael Lawson stood chanting anti-fur slogans on the sidewalk outside of Ribnick’s Furs in downtown Minneapolis on March 4th, neither expected to be spending their evening undergoing booking at the Hennepin County jail. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve just received word that another person has been subpoenaed to the Davenport, IA federal grand jury investigating a 2004 ALF action at the U of I. We’ll put more information out when we have it. In the meantime, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 612-29-EWOKS if you or anyone you know has been subpoenaed, indicted or otherwise harassed in regards to this matter. Stay strong, and fuck grand juries!
Today, EWOK! members Carrie Feldman and Scott DeMuth refused to testify in front of a grand jury in Davenport, Iowa, and were found to be in contempt of court. They were immediately handcuffed and hauled off by U.S. Marshalls. According to District Judge John Jarvey, who presided over the contempt hearings, both will remain incarcerated until they agree to testify. The state can lock them up for the duration of the grand jury–another 11 months. Read the rest of this entry »
Political Prisoner Benefit Show for Marie Mason Sunday October 18th
1501 S. 6th St. Mpls
8pm All Ages
with BROADCAST LIVE (NY)
EVAN GREER (MA)
Suggested $5-10 donation
Marie Mason is a long-time labor and environmental activist, musician, poet, visual artist, and loving mother of two. She is currently in prison in Waseca, MN for her role in two Earth Liberation Front (ELF) acts of economic sabotage in which no one was injured. Marie’s case is part of the Greenscare: the politically-motivated government crackdown on environmental
and animal rights activists.
The fundraiser will feature the radical hip hop group from New York BROADCAST LIVE and RiotFolk Collective member EVAN GREER from Boston on their cross-country Steel Strings and Break Beats Tour, as well as three local acts launching their Verbal Graffiti Tour. JUNKYARD EMPIRE is a Hip Hop/Jazz/Rock band that
just released their new acclaimed album Rebellion Politik. Tru Ruts artists GUANTE – slam poet and mc extraordinaire- and E.G. BAILEY – a true spoken word master and multi-faceted artist- round out the Verbal Graffiti Tour. Also performing will be the hip hop/electronic/experimental artist BARTON STINK who recently performed at Camp Trans as well as a local show with JD Samson and Johanna Fateman of Le Tigre.
Co-sponsored by EWOK! (Earth Warriors are OK!)
and the Twin Cities Branch of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World