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Support Raleigh students under attack!
by Raleigh student supporter
Email: atgreentararaider (nospam) yahoo.com
19 Nov 2004
In the past week, members of the Joint Terrorism TaskForce (JTTF) have waged a campaign of intimidationagainst anti-war activists in Raleigh, North Carolina....
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To all progressives who value free speech without
Members of the progressive youth community of Raleigh,NC ask for your support. Recently student anti-waractivists have been the target of harassment andintimidation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
We ask you to stand with us by signing your name oryour organization onto this statement and, ifpossible, to please come out for a solidarity rallythis Friday at 5pm in Raleigh, NC.
To add your name to the list, please send your nameand organization affiliation to Elena Everett atgreentararaider (at) yahoo.com or you can contact her at(919) 413-1276.
Thank you for your support!!
Statement to Defend Free Speech in Raleigh
In the past week, members of the Joint Terrorism TaskForce (JTTF) have waged a campaign of intimidationagainst anti-war activists in Raleigh, North Carolina. Agents of the JTTF have been visiting local youth
activists at their homes and dorm rooms and
interrogating them about their anti-war activities.
Those harassed are all members of at least one of the following student groups "Student Peace Action Network," "Campus Greens," or "MENASA" (Middle Eastern North African Student Association) - that have been participating in a peaceful, permitted demonstration against the war, called Honk for Peace, every Friday
afternoon for more than a year.
This is clearly an attempt to silence anti-war
activists in the area and to label anyone who
disagrees with the Bush agenda as a terrorist. It is vital that all who support free speech denounce these tactics and support the antiwar community in Raleigh.
The JTTF has also attempted to link local activists to an alleged incident of petty vandalism that occurred at the state Republican headquarters on November 5. It is alleged that there was some minor property damage at the GOP headquarters, namely, some broken
It is important that this property damage be
put into perspectivethis is on a scale with what
happens routinely in many college towns after a Friday night football game. However the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is using this minor event as an excuse to harrass local youth and known anti-war activists. A few broken windows are certainly nothing compared to the ongoing destruction being visited on the people of
Iraq, with hospitals and homes being bombed, the
deaths of innocent civilians, and the suffering of
Three young people from South Carolina were arrested after the protest at the GOP headquarters. Although there was no evidence linking any of them to any wrongdoing, they were charged with malicious destruction of property with an incendiary device, a felony, and were held with bail set at $50,000 each.
We, the undersigned, condemn the Joint Terrorism Task Forces campaign of intimidation against antiwar activists in Raleigh. We demand that the JTTF and the Raleigh Police Department cease their harassment of legal free speech activity.
We call upon all who value the First Amendment right to free speech to support the antiwar community in Raleigh.
We encourage all who can, to join them at their
regularly scheduled Honk for Peace anti-war
demonstration in order to Defend Freedom of Speech this Friday, November 19, at 5 pm, in Raleigh, North Carolina at the North Carolina State University Bell Tower on Hillsborough St.
We also suggest that everyone call the Raleigh, North Carolina office of the FBI at 919-233-7701 and demand that they end their campaign of harassment and intimidation.
A.C.L.U. at NC State
Campus Greens at NC State
Student Peace Action Network at NC State
Raleigh F.I.S.T (Fight Imperialism Stand Together)
Triangle Women's International League for Peace & Freedom North Carolina Peace Action
Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Winona LaDuke, Native American author and activist
Elena Everett, chair, NC Green Party
Dr. Gerald Surh, Professor of History at NC State
Dr. Tom Hoban, Professor of Sociology at NC State
Sara Flounders, Director, International Action Center
Teresa Gutierrez, Director, International Action
Imani Henry, playwright & performer
Julie Fry, National Lawyers Guild, NYC
Larry Holmes, Anti-War 4 the Million Worker March
Leilani Dowell, Queers for Peace & Justice
Johnnie Stevens, Peoples Video Network
Henri Nereaux, Vice President (Ret.) *International
Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots
Dustin Langley, NoDraftNoWay.org Campaign, Navy
Sharon Black, Steward, *UFCW Local 27, Baltimore, Md.
Dennis Kyne, 15-year Army Veteran, Veterans for Peace
Andre Powell, *Executive Board AFSCME Local 112
Maria Perry, American Federation of Government
Employees, Local 1738
Sue Kelly, Richmond Action Center
Frank Neisser, Stonewall Warriors, Boston
Steve Gillis, *President, Local 8751, Boston School
Bus Drivers Union
Phebe Eckfeldt, Womens Fightback Network
Gray Newman, *Co-Chair, Green Party of the US
Ciara Doyle, *Wolfpack NOW
Lauryn Strobino, *Greensboro Truth and Community
Dr. Michael Cummings, Prof of Political Science,
University of Colorado
Gary Percesepe, Ph.D., Baptist Peace Fellowship of
Rania Campbell-Cobb, Guilford Action Network (GANe)
Bill Gural, Durham Peace Committee
Kathleen Hannan, Bodies, Voices & Spirit
Erin Byrd, Southerners for Economic Justice
Roger Ehrlich, Founder, PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
Bett and Bill Padgett, Little Lake Hill Arts Series
Pete McDowell, *President, NC Progressive Democrat PAC
Stephen Gallagher, Radical Philosophy Association
Susan ONeil, Triangle Area Greens
Bernise A. Lynch, Interweave
Betty Ann Knudsen, St. Mark's Episcopal Church Peace Fellowship
Sean Haugh, Executive Director, Libertarian Party of NC
Jeffrey Block, Banner Elk, NC
Emily Strobino, Charlotte, NC
J. Edwin King, Concerned citizen of NC
Elizabeth Schiemann, Elon, NC
Lisa Marcusson, Chapel Hill, NC
Nicole LaMotte, NC
NATALIA SMITH, Greenville, NC / Santiago, Chile
Carissa Samara, working mom, Holly Springs, NC
Linda McCarley, Apex N.C.
Denise Eckert, Concerned Citizen, Raleigh NC
Jessica Horn, UNC
Joyce Gad, Cary, NC
*for identification purposes only
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