No matter what our cause or where we stand on the political spectrum, when we take to the streets to raise our voices, we hope the government will listen to our demands. But we definitely don’t hope that listening will come in the form of law enforcement infiltration and surveillance.
The problem is, that’s exactly what the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are doing. Their own internal documents reveal that they have been spying on movements for social change including Occupy, Black Lives Matter, School of the Americas Watch, and anti- pipeline protesters.
It has to stop.
So yesterday we delivered a letter signed by 131 civil society groups and a petition signed by 88,000 individuals to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees demanding they investigate FBI and DHS political spying.
We are building a coalition the likes of which has never been seen. It includes not just civil liberties groups, but trade unions, environmental organizations, racial justice groups, peace groups, and many others who have a stake in ending FBI political spying. We know that only by working together can we make Congress take action.
We are helping local activists organize in-district meetings with their Congressional members and bringing activists who were spied on to Capitol Hill.
We are organizing public forums in communities across the country to raise awareness about how the FBI spies on activists and how to stop them.
As a BORDC/DDF grassroots supporter, you are the Bill of Rights frontline defense.
Stay Loud, Stay Strong,
Here’s what some of our coalition partners are saying about FBI spying:
“When Walmart workers like me started speaking out, Walmart considered it enough of a threat that they hired military contractor Lockheed Martin, contacted the FBI, and monitored our activities. No worker anywhere should be spied on for simply speaking up for a living wage. That’s why we won’t let Walmart intimidate us from continuing our stand up for $15 an hour, full-time hours, and being treated with respect.” — OUR Walmart leader Cynthia Murray, who works at the Laurel, MD Walmart
“The spying on political groups like SOA Watch, Black Lives Matter, and Occupy unmasks the true nature of the FBI as a political police, whose role is to defend the status quo against political dissent.” — Hendrik Voss, School of the Americas Watch National Organizer
“Our union knows all too well the tremendous damage done to democracy, people’s lives, and the living conditions of the American people when U.S. government agencies are allowed to interfere with First Amendment rights. We fully support a thorough investigation of our government spying upon and infiltrating U.S. organizations carrying out lawful political activity.”— United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) Vice President Carl Rosen
“The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and liberties organization, stands with the seventy-five thousand Americans calling on the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees to immediately investigate and hold congressional hearings on alleged FBI and DHS abuse of counterterrorism resources to spy on the First Amendment protected activities of civically engaged American citizens lawfully organizing, rallying and petitioning their government.” — CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw.
“Dissent is not the enemy of democracy. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security should not use their counterterrorism authorities to spy on domestic protest movements and activist networks. Congress must take immediate action to rein in these blatant abuses of power.” – Demand Progress’ Kate Kizer
“Five years after we occupied Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, the problems of corruption in our government, rule by Wall Street and growing wealth inequality persist. The government has failed to address these injustices. It is time for Congress to investigate spying on peaceful demonstrators and make sure that our rights to political free speech are respected and protected.” — Popular Resistance Co-Director and Maryland Green Party US Senate Candidate Margaret Flowers
“Isn’t it funny how even the stripping away of our freedoms is defended as being done in the name of “Freedom”? If the emperor is ever spotted as having no clothes, he will probably have an FBI badge pinned to his skin.” — RootsAction.org Campaign Coordinator David Swanson