William A. Preston

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William A. Preston is President, Baltimore-Washington Area Peace Council

Cuba visit

On Friday, May 7, in Washington, DC, leaders of the U.S. trade union solidarity delegation "will speak about our experiences in Cuba when we visited Havana this past January. We will discuss our work with the Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC), the country's national labor federation, during our visit to the sovereign, independent, and revolutionary nation of Cuba. We will also explain why the U.S. must end the ban on U.S. travel to Cuba and, more generally, must end the U.S. blockade against Cuba. We will be joined by a diplomatic representative of the Republic of Cuba at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, DC, who will provide an update on U.S.-Cuba bilateral relations."

The Baltimore-Washington Area Peace Council, the chapter of the U.S. Peace Council (in turn a member of the World Peace Council) "right here in the national capital region of the U.S. will sponsor the event. Participants in this, our inaugural U.S. Peace Council Forum, include":

The "event will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 7 at the Postal Workers Union hall at 6139 Chillum Place NE in Washington, DC 20011. The location, being in DC and therefore within the national capital Beltway, complies with the onerous travel restrictions imposed by the U.S. on diplomats from Cuba."[1]

Letter to Holder

On september 26, 2010, William A. Preston wrote this letter to Attorney General Eric Holder;[2]

"I am writing to you in my capacity as President of the Baltimore-Washington Area Peace Council, a chapter of the U.S. Peace Council.

I am also the elected President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Local 17, AFL-CIO. I am as well my union local’s delegate to AFGE Council 1, on whose Executive Board I serve.

I condemn the FBI harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists in Chicago and Minneapolis, including the coordinated raid and ransacking of about a half dozen homes and at least one office on Friday, September 24, 2010; the handing of subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to around a dozen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan, and the attempted intimidation of activists in California and North Carolina.

I urge you to order the FBI to halt at once this harassment of the peace and solidarity movements, which is aimed at suppressing First Amendment freedoms of speech, the press, assembly, and petition.

The government’s apparent desire to use a grand jury to frame activists is a disgrace, as are FBI claims here of “material support of terrorism.”

Accordingly, I add my voice to the demand that you stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists. Immediately return all confiscated materials (computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.), and end the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.

William Angulo Preston, Esq. President, Baltimore-Washington Area Peace Council, A chapter of the U.S. Peace Council"