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.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Report on the actions of Friday, April 21, in Arlington Heights:

A small but spirited picket line demanding the charges be dropped against the anti-minutemen 5 took place outside the temporary offices of the city of Arlington Heights.

Carrying signs that read "No to the Minutemen!" "Drop the Charges Against the Anti-Minutemen 5!" "No one is illegal!" people marched to the beat of drummers in front of the offices.

We chanted to the passing cars and those stopped at the traffic lights:
"No to the Minutemen
Drop the Charges
No one is illegal
Si se puede!"

and

"Drop the charges, it's gone to far.
Stop putting protestors behind bars!"

In response to this small but disciplined action, the police of Arlington Heights had surrounded the entire parking lot with yellow police caution tape. They had police officers stationed on the roof of the building and about 30 police deployed in riot gear throughout the parking lot.

The police took still pictures and video taped our protest!

The Anti-Minutemen 5 go to court Tuesday April 25 at 8:00 a.m. to start their trial. Below is information:

April 25 is the first day of our trial. Rally at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse at 8:15 a.m.

At this rally, we need an unmistakable show of support, with many people demanding:

-- NO to the Minutemen!--
DROP THE CHARGES on the Anti-Minutemen Defendants!
-- NO JAIL TIME for a peaceful protest!
-- Defend the rights of immigrants!

The Courthouse is at 2121 Euclid, Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
There are two places where we will meet to carpool at 7:00 a.m. sharp:

-- Casa Michoacán: 1638 S. Blue Island Avenue (at Loomis/18th). We are planning to get a bus leaving here as well. Click here for a Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1638+S+Blue+Island+Ave,+Chicago,+IL+60608&ll=41.861635,-87.660255&spn=0.025953,0.073214

-- the World Can't Wait office, 1741 N. Western, Chicago
Click here for a Google map:
http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=1741+N.+Western+Avenue,+Chicago,+IL&ll=41.914254,-87.68712&spn=0.014115,0.042915&om=1

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