Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bill Bland en Espanol

Thanks to a translation by Basque comrades, ML Review now has the beginnings of a Spanish language section (see La Vida Albanesa at 
William B Bland (1916-2001) was an influential British communist, the first anti-revisionist to point out and condemn Mao's revisionism, the founder of the Albanian Society of Britain, the Stalin Society, and a leader of the Communist League and International Struggle Marxist-Leninist, and a major theoretical influence on Alliance Marxist-Leninist and its successor, ML Review, on this side of the Atlantic (see  
On the actions of the "Department of Justice" against the anti-war movement: One of the people questioned lives in Durham (see articles in the Herald-Sun and the News & Observer earlier in the week), so this touches very close to home.  There is a long history of US government harassment and even murder of critics of its foreign policy, but this is one of the biggest attacks in recent years.  If progressive people fail to stand in solidarity now, we have even less chance of stopping the next imperialist war than we had in 2003, and in the worst case, repression will grow if there is no resistance to the government's initial attacks on the speech of anti-war forces. 
Check out the International Action Center's petition at

Sunday, September 26, 2010

FBI harassment of anti-war activists in NC, IL, MN, MI, and CA

Starting at 8am Friday, FBI agents raided 7 homes and an office in Chicago and Minneapolis, belonging to anti-war, pro-Palestine, and Colombian solidarity activists.  Agents visited other activists in California and North Carolina, including people formerly active in the Triangle area, but were met with silence.  Eleven people were subpoenaed to give evidence before a grand jury on October 5th.  It is thought that the government is trying to tie people to groups in Colombia and Palestine, which could be related to the government's new power to equate speech with material support to so-called terrorist groups.  Obama and Biden are carrying out the same imperialist agenda as Bush and Cheney, and are trying to silence domestic opponents of their occupations and proxy wars, but there will be many actions this week to resist the government's new intimidation campaign.
The targeted people are active in organizations such as Students for a Democratic Society, the Colombia Action Network, the Twin-Cities Anti-War Committee, the Palestine Solidarity Group, Freedom Road Socialist Organization [publishers of Fight Back!], and the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera.     
From the NC Committee to Stop FBI Harassment:  
Take Action Now:

Durham Emergency Action Against FBI Harrassment of Anti-War Activists
Monday 9/27, 12 pm, Downtown Post Office,  323 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701.
RSVP on Facebook:

Raleigh Emergency Action Against FBI Harrassment of Anti-war Activists
Tuesday 9/28, 9 am, Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC
Rsvp on Facebook:!/event.php?eid=162954823719789&ref=mf

Call the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 or write an email to:

Sign the Petition to Stop FBI Harassment of our Activists! Ask your organization to endorse the statement:

North Carolina Statement in Support of Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists

We, the North Carolina Committee to Stop FBI Harassment, join with many groups across the US to denounce the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists. The FBI raided seven houses and an office in Chicago and Minneapolison Friday, September 24, 2010. The FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to eleven activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. The FBI also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.

This suppression of civil rights is aimed at those who dedicate their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war. The FBI has indicated that the grand jury is investigating the activists for possible material support of terrorism charges.

We ask people of conscience in North Carolina to join us in fighting this political repression, as we continue working to build the movements against US war and occupation.

We demand:
Stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists.
Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.
End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.

For more information check out:


More actions, from another source:

NYC, Tues. 4:30 to 6pm Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza [usually that means the corner of Broadway & Thomas St., nr. Worth St. & Duane St.; but if not, then check Foley Sq./Lafayette St. side of the bldg. too; map: - t.]

Minneapolis MN, Monday: 4:30, FBI Office Monday, 111 Washington Ave. S.
Chicago, IL, Monday: 4:30 FBI Building, 2111 W. Roosevelt Rd.
NYC, Tues. 4:30 to 6pm Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza,
Newark, NJ Tues 5 to 6pm Federal Building Broad Street
Washington DC, Tues 4:30 - 5:30 FBI Building 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
Detroit MI Tuesday 4:30 McNamara Federal Building
Buffalo, NY 4:30 at FBI Building - Corner of So. Elmwood Ave. & Niagara St.
Durham NC on Monday, 12 noon Federal Building, 323 E Chapel Hill St
Raleigh NC. Tuesday 9 am. Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave
Asheville, NC Tuesday
Atlanta, GA, Tues Noon, FBI Building
Gainesville, FL on Monday, 4:30 PM at FBI Building
Salt Lake City, Utah, 9 AM on Monday at Federal Building