Free the Anti-Minutemen 5!

Email us at: antiminutemen5(at)yahoo.com. Visit our blog at www.antiminutemen5.tk Right now we see increasingly vicious attacks on immigrants, justified in the name of the “War on Terror”. When people step out to oppose these outrages, they must be supported. And when they are attacked, they must be defended. A group of five young people – white, Latino, Muslim – are facing up to four years in jail for a protest against the racist vigilante group the Minutemen.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Updates on the Anti-Minutemen 5

Our trial date is now April 25, in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. We went to court in Rolling Meadows on March 16, and more than 20 of our supporters came out, even though they had barely 24 hours notice. We have two new lawyers who are working pro bono on our defense; now our team has three lawyers: John Curnyn, Jim Fennerty, and Jed Stone. We will be mounting a strong legal defense and a popular battle to defeat these charges. still need thousands of letters to be sent to the State's Attorney, urging him to drop these charges. Go to http://antiminutemen5.blogspot.com/2006/03/la-carta-de-apoyo-our-support-letter.html for a sample letter and the address of the State's Attorney.)
Sunday March 19th, we celebrated our first public event at St. Pius Church, in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. (Thank you St. Pius for helping us out with the space.) A wide variety of people came, from many different nationalities and levels of political experience. Tito Moreno of World Can't Wait, Penny Brown from the Anti-Minutemen 5, and Juan Torres from World Can't Wait spoke. They talked of the danger posed by the Minutemen as a semi-official force within the Bush Regime, of the connection between the attacks on immigrants and the “war on terror”, and they challenged people to come out in defense of the Anti-Minutemen 5 as a key part of defeating the whole anti-immigrant agenda. Capital D and DJ Manowax gave us political hip-hop, and Tarima Son gave us fun and danceable music Veracruz-style. In the same spirit that moved many restaurants to close on Friday the 10th for the pro-immigrants rights march, the people of the restaurants of Pilsen gave us substantial support: Café Mestizo, Fogata Village, Panadería Nuevo León, Taquería Los Comales, Benny's Pizzeria, y la Taquería Casa del Pueblo all donated a great amount of food for our dinner. The event's guests donated generously, and to date we have raised close to $1,100 for our legal expenses. But we still need almost $9,000 more in order to mount the kind of defense needed to defeat these charges.
The Anti-Minutemen 5 have been featured in all kinds of media: A March 20 radio interview on Radio Arte, a March 19 interview on WBBM radio (New York), a March 17 article in La Raza newspaper, two March 13 radio interviews on WORT in Madison, and several more interviews coming up this week. Go to www.antiminutemen5.blogspot.com for links to some of these past shows. We still need help breaking out into many more media outlets: to help us out in spreaing the word to the media, email us at antiminutemen5@yahoo.com
Our next fundraising event will be April 8, at Galería Colibrí, 2032 W. 18th. Street, Chicago.
More information will be coming.
Stay tuned to our blog, antiminutemen5.blogspot.com, for more news and updates.

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