A Discussion on State Repression and Fundraiser for J20 Defendants
Join us for a discussion on escalating state repression and help us raise legal funds for our local friends and J20 defendants. Nearly 200 people (including 8 from Michigan and 4 from Ypsilanti) are facing 75 years in prison for protesting Trump on inauguration day. The only evidence against them was their mass arrest. They were never told to disperse, but were kettled, projectile pepper sprayed, and hoarded into police vans. $100,000 in property damage (broken windows) is cited as the reason for their arrest and the DC Metro police are attempting to make the case that everyone in the square block of L and 12 is responsible. The J20 defendants are refusing to take a plea deal though, because they don’t want the charges they are facing to be normalized for all future protestors.
“Defense lawyers said that people might protest less if they feared they would be held legally responsible for the actions of others.” http://dcist.com/2017/09/judge_denies_motions_to_dismiss_rio.php
Dissent has always been dangerous, and the state and the police have used a variety of tactics over the years that threaten and suppress the rights of people to protest and resist oppression. Anyone who plans to continue protesting should learn more about state repression tactics and the precedent the J20 charges have for all future protestors.
$5 is the suggested door donation and there will be a cash bar.
7pm: SPEAKERS (scheduled so far):
– Cindy Milstein, author and organizer, editor of Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism
– Maximillian Alvarez, columnist for The Baffler
– One of the J20 defendants
8pm: LIVE MUSIC (check back to see performance order)
– Electric Blanket
– Cat Lung
If you can’t make it out and would like to help out Ypsilanti friends facing these horrific charges, please donate here: https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/l12-inauguration-day-michigan-defense-fundraiser
Also, let us know if your organization is also interested in being a cosponsor and helping us promote this event!