WASHINGTON DC – Over a hundred anti-war protesters were arrested on March 20th, 2011 at an anti-war protest outside the White House. Protests took place across the country from New York to San Francisco as well as other cities. (-source NPR) The question has been asked many times throughout the Obama administration “Where is the anti-war movement now?” Sadly it looks like many are in jail.
With the FBI launching raids against Anti-War activists it is beginning to seem like opposing mass murder in the name of the empire has become a crime. The Committee to stop FBI Repression was created:
in response to the FBI raids on seven homes and an anti-war office on Friday, September 24, 2010. The FBI also handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to fourteen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. These activists are involved in many groups, including the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee, the Palestine Solidarity Group, the Colombia Action Network, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. These activists and many others came together to organize the 2008 anti-war marches during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. In December, 2010, 9 Palestine solidarity activists in Chicago were also subpoenaed.
Across the country organizations and individuals are standing together to protest the United States government’s attempt to silence and criminalize anti-war and international solidarity activists. We see the raids and subpoenas as an attack on anti-war and other progressive movements. It is an attack on our freedom to speak, our freedom to assemble with like-minded people, and our freedom to tell the government that their actions and policies are wrong. It is an attempt to clear the way for more wars and occupations of other countries by the U.S. military.
So where is the Anti-War movement? They are busy being arrested and criminalized for opposing murder that’s where. Well and in front of the white house getting arrested.