The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee stands with the
activists who were victims of recent FBI raids in Minneapolis and
Chicago. These raids were part of a broader attack on progressive
organizing and the struggle for global justice.
The FBI seized personal items, papers and computers from houses of
activists accused of providing “material support” to alleged terrorist
groups in Colombia and Palestine. Several other activists in Illinois,
Minnesota and Michigan were served subpoenas to testify before a
federal grand jury. No arrests were made, but FBI actions clearly
serve to intimidate our movements.
PCASC opposes the criminalization of dissent under the guise of
combating “terrorism.” However nebulous the term, we are sure that US
funding of the Colombian military, which has institutionalized the
killing of civilians is a better fit. The military has routinely
lumped civilians in the body count it uses to justify US support in
the war on drugs.
We refuse to let the FBI paint us as dangerous. We are working to
create a more just world. We will not be intimidated.