In 2008, the FBI preempted legal protest of illegal war by arresting anti-war activists days before the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2011, three of these activists won a $50,000 settlement from the FBI and the City of St. Paul for the unlawful raid and violation of their constitutional rights. The activists donated most of the award to the Committee to Stop FBI Repression — which organizes against the ongoing FBI repression of anti-war and international solidarity activists — and to the Institute for Anarchist Studies.
The activists arrested in 2008 were, at the time, affectionately known as the RNC Welcoming Committee, and were certainly a welcome development in the fight against fascism in the US. We hope these upright good citizens will continue their good work through 2016, when Wall Street will no doubt serve up yet another pair of toadies to choose from as leader of the free world.