FBI Raids Send Ripples Through Activist Circles

FBI raids on the homes of some prominent Chicago activists are sending shock waves through area social-justice groups.

The FBI on Friday targeted three Chicagaons for searches and grand-jury subpoenas. The Associated Press reports the case concerns alleged support of terrorism.

The activists have worked for causes like labor rights, Palestine solidarity and electing Harold Washington as Chicago mayor.

VERGARA: I feel sad for them and I feel scared.

Ed Vergara of northwest suburban Mount Prospect organizes area Filipinos. He wonders whether the next FBI targets could be immigrant leaders.

Elizabeth Mertic of Evanston Neighbors for Peace says she’s never met a Logan Square couple whose home was among those searched. But she came down over the weekend to show support.

MERTIC: It makes me angry. Our tax dollars are better spent doing other things.

Critics of the searches are planning a protest Monday afternoon at FBI headquarters on Chicago’s Near-West Side.

Originally reported by Chicago Public Radio. Read the original article here.

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