MAWO co-chair Andrew Barry opened the evening and introduced the other MAWO co-chair Alison Bodine, who was speaking via skype from New York City.
emphasized how these raids are an attack on an activists' human and democratic right to protest and to organize against war and occupation.
also connected these raids with her
own case where the government of Canada politically targeted and banned her
from Canada for 2 years.
then outlined the context of the New Era of War and Occupation, which since September 11th, 2001, has resulted in a huge wave of direct military attacks on oppressed people around the world, but has also been used by imperialist governments such as Canada and the United States to attack democratic and civil rights here at home as well.
These attacks have been seen most clearly against the Muslim and progressive communities.
emphasized that the raids were not just an attack on one organization but more importantly are an attack on the entire working, poor and oppressed people not only in the U.S. but the whole antiwar movement around the world.