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Holiday Appeal for Rasmea Odeh

Posted by uscsjp on December 21, 2015

from Tom Burke of the Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Happy Holidays To Our Friends and Supporters,
A few years ago, on September 24, 2010 at 8:00am, my friends started calling from Chicago and Minneapolis saying the FBI was turning their homes upside down searching for evidence of “material support for terrorism.” In Michigan, we quickly sent our 6-year old off to school and I left our home planning to write a press release: “Oppose FBI raids on anti-war and international solidarity activists.”

However, I soon realized someone in a sedan was following me. They sped off when I turned into my wife’s work and a large black SUV roared up behind me. Within minutes my wife and I were both subpoenaed to a grand jury by armed FBI agents. It was a scary moment, but we were not afraid for long because of the powerful response by peace and justice activists from around the country. You gave us courage and hope. We thank you for standing with the Anti-war 23, both then, and now as we face ongoing political repression.

As we enter 2016, we need your financial help to defend Rasmea Odeh. She is in the midst of a tough appeals process. Rasmea Odeh is a 68-year old woman who spent the last 20 years serving women and children in her community. She is being targeted for repression because she is an icon of the Palestinian liberation movement. This past year Angela Davis joined Rasmea Odeh in Chicago to denounce the U.S. government and to give the campaign a big boost, solidifying unity between African Americans and Palestinians.

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression continues to coordinate outreach and organizing against state repression. Our activists speak out against surveillance and political repression on the national and local level at conferences and protests. We are on the forefront nationally and locally in defending our rights to protest and to show solidarity.

In the coming year, your financial donation is key for Rasmea Odeh as she receives a ruling on her appeal. Please consider donating generously. As Rasmea says “It may not happen in a court room, but we will find justice in this world!”

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is a grassroots all volunteer national organization. Your contribution will be spent funding our legal and political support for Rasmea Odeh.

Solidarity! Tom Burke
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