Thursday, November 18, 2010

Message From the Detroit Committee to Stop FBI/Grand Jury Repression; Instructions for National Call-In Day

Dear Friends,

Last night's meeting of the Detroit Committee to Stop FBI/Grand Jury Repression decided to support and encourage the public to make phone calls to Congress and other government officials in support of those targeted by the FBI and the Federal Grand Jury for persecution.

There are three demands that should be emphasized:
1. Stop the repression
2. Return all confiscated materials
3. Call off the Grand Jury

In addition we decided to continue to utilize facebook and other internet resources to publicize and build support for the targeted activists. Also we will issue a media release soon providing an update of the situation. We will draft a mass leaflet as well to be issued very soon.

A report was given on the recent national meeting of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression that took place in New York on Nov. 6.

There were reports on the recent demonstrations in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal as well.

Our next meeting will be Mon., December 13 at 6:00pm right before the weekly MECAWI/Moratorium NOW! meeting at 5920 Second ave.
Below is information from the National Committee to Stop FBI Repression website regarding who and how to make the phone calls today.

Call-In to Congress Nov 17 and Nov 18 to Support StopFBI Delegation in Washington D.C.

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Dear Friends,

A delegation from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) is in Washington D.C. today, Wednesday, November 17. Joe Iosbaker and Anh Pham, both targets of the FBI raids and Grand Jury repression, and Deb Konechne, who is coordinating, need your help today and tomorrow.

The CSFR delegation plans to meet with U.S. Representatives in person to get a Dear Colleague Letter demanding an end to FBI raids and calling off the Grand Jury. While we are focusing on the Progressive Caucus and its 80 plus members (see below), we think that calling any and all the U.S. Representatives is worthwhile in bringing this issue of repression of the anti-war and international solidarity movement to their Washington D.C. offices.

We are asking you to call your U.S. Representative today and ask:

Please meet face-to-face with today’s delegation from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression. Give the Representative’s office the delegation’s contact info: Deb Konechne at 651-487-0574 or write to Jess Sundin

Please initiate and sign a Dear Colleague Letter calling for an end to FBI raids and calling off the Grand Jury against anti-war activists.

To call your U.S. Representative
**Please call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121, give your U.S. House Representative’s name or give your zip code and ask to be connected.

**Go to and enter your zip code in the upper left corner where it says “Find Your Representative”. This will link you to the U.S. Representative’s web page, where you can find the Washington D.C. office phone number to call.

Thank you for calling in an effort to stop the repression of the anti-war and international solidarity movements, Tom Burke, on behalf of the CSFR

P.S. We are waiting on news about the reactivation of subpoenas.

Priority Phone Calls For Meetings and the Dear Colleague Letter

A. We have meetings with the following aides and whatnot, but we want you to call and politely ask for meetings with the U.S. Representative and request they initiate and sign a Dear Colleague Letter. So if you are in their Congressional District please call today!

1. Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, 202-225-6101, Legislative Director Cindy Buhl, Wednesday at 10:30 AM

2. Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, 202-225-2111, with aide Isaac Brown, Wednesday, 2:00 PM

3. Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr., 202-225-5126, meeting with counsel from the Judiciary Committee - Michelle Milben and Elliot Mincberg, Wednesday, 3:00 PM

4. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, 202-225-4755, Thursday, 9:00 AM

B. Meetings we are seeking, but we need email requests and phone calls from you, the constituent, asking the U.S. Representative to meet with the delegation from the CSFR.

1. California Rep. Barbara Lee, 202-225-2661

2. California Rep. Mike Honda, 202-225-2631

3. California Rep. Sam Farr, 202-225-2861

4. Washington Rep. Brian Baird, 202-225-3536

5. Washington Rep. Jim McDermott, 202-225-3106

6. Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, 202-225-5871

7. Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush, 202-225-4732

8. Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., 202-225-0773

9. Illinois Rep. Phil Hare, 202-225-5905

10. Illinois Rep. Bill Foster, 202-225-2976

11. Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, 202-225-2435

If you can help us to set up a meeting with any U.S. Representative on Wednesday or Thursday, then please email Jess Sundin at asap.

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