January 27, 2011
Stop criminalizing women activists working in solidarity with Palestinian women
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Holder,
Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's FBI investigation of the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee (AWC) and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), begun on September 24, 2010, is focused on small donations to the daycare and women's center projects of the Union of Palestinian Women's Committees, a progressive organization that works for women's equality.
The many women who voted for President Obama would be amazed and outraged to hear that his administration is threatening peace and justice activists with grand juries and prison because they helped this NGO which supports women refugees and political prisoners, and provides them basic social services, including child care centers. It is hypocritical for the U.S. to use the oppression of women as an excuse for staying in Afghanistan while squashing their rights here and abroad.
As an American woman I am offended that my government is criminalizing women solidarity activists working to better the lives of Palestinian women who suffer from U.S. funding of Israel's attacks on their society.
Rather than transgressing the First Amendment rights of the AWC and FRSO and working to stamp out women's international solidarity, the U.S. government should stop funding Israel's attacks on Palestine, drop the grand jury subpoenas and all charges and return all the property taken during FBI raids of September 24, 2010.
Radical Women is an international socialist feminist organization. We work for women's rights globally, including equal pay, free childcare, healthcare and education and the rights of sexual minorities.
Radical Women, U.S. chapter
CC: President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500