MEDIA ADVISORY JULY 26: DC Community Rallies Thursday as Lawyers Argue that Charges against Inauguration Day Protesters Should Be Dismissed

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Sam Menefee-Libey (Dead City Legal Posse)
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MEDIA ADVISORY

Defend J20 Resistance and The Dead City Legal Posse

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2017

DC Community Rallies Thursday as Lawyers Argue that Charges against Inauguration Day Protesters Should Be Dismissed

Hearing on motion to dismiss comes as groups demand US Attorney Channing Phillips drop the charges

Washington, DC – Defense attorneys for Inauguration Day protesters go to court on Thursday to argue that their charges should be dismissed. Oral arguments for a motion to dismiss will be heard by Judge Lynn Leibovitz this Thursday at 11am in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The motion was filed last month on behalf of more than twenty Inauguration Day protesters but now includes the vast majority of defendants currently facing charges.

What: Hearing on a motion to dismiss charges against Inauguration Day protesters

When: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11am

Where: H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Ave NW, Washington, DC, Courtroom 215

Before the hearing, several local DC community organizations, including Stop Police Terror DC, and the DC chapters of The National Lawyers’ Guild, Black Lives Matter, Democratic Socialists of America, and the Industrial Workers of the World, will rally outside the courthouse demanding that the cases be dismissed. A press conference will be held by supporters at 10am Thursday in advance of the hearing outside of the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse.

On January 20, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers indiscriminately attacked hundreds of protesters, journalists, legal observers, and bystanders with chemical and projectile weapons, then “kettled “ more than 200 people before arresting everyone. All of those arrested were charged with felony rioting, followed in April by a superseding indictment that charged all defendants with at least eight felonies each, punishable by up to 75 years in prison.

“The Trump administration is suffering from a crisis of legitimacy which extends to the outrageous charges levied against all of us, “ said Elizabeth Lagesse, one of the Inauguration Day defendants who filed the motion to dismiss. “More than six months after we were rounded up and violently arrested, the government has failed to make its case but continues to waste the public’s money by maliciously prosecuting us. “

Defense attorneys will argue at Thursday’s hearing that the current indictment violates the Inauguration Day protesters’ constitutional rights and fails to establish a basis for the charges. According to the motion to dismiss, “The government’s unprecedented theory of non-individualized, ‘group’ criminal liability has produced an Indictment that is overrun with fatal defects.”

Defense attorneys will also argue Thursday for disclosure of the government’s legal instructions to the grand jury, which are typically secret and hidden from public scrutiny. Defense attorneys claim that the indictment issued in April “misconstrues the relevant law,” and accuse the government of “improperly instruct[ing] the grand jury on the law.”

Trials are scheduled to begin in November 2017 and will continue into the fall of 2018. Meanwhile, more than 130 defendants are working collectively together to fight their charges, and have agreed to ‘ Points of Unity ,’ including a refusal to cooperate with the prosecution or testify against each other.

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Defend J20 Resistance is a large group of felony defendants arrested on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC and their supporters who have all agreed not to testify against each other and are working together to collectively defend themselves. DefendJ20Resistance.org _is a product of their work.

The Dead City Legal Posse is a collective of DC activists formed in response to the January 20, 2017 arrests working to provide support to those facing charges._

MEDIA ADVISORY JULY 20: Inauguration Day Protestors Call for a Week of Solidarity from July 20-27 in Support of Their Defense

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Sam Menefee-Libey (Dead City Legal Posse)
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(909) 576-3113

Inauguration Day Protestors Call for a Week of Solidarity from July 20-27 in Support of Their Defense

Many defendants are refusing plea bargains unless all defendants are offered the same deal

Washington, DC - Suporters of protestors facing multiple felony charges stemming from the Inauguration Day protests are calling for a “week of solidarity” beginning on Thursday, July 20th. Thursday marks the six month anniversary of the mass arrest that swept up 200+ anti-Trump protestors on the corner of L and 12th.

“The aggressive prosecution of Inauguration Day defendants should frighten everyone in America that believes that protest is a necessary and fundamental good,” said a supporter and organizer with the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council. “The Week of Solidarity is about speaking out against a vision of American society in which you can be jailed for life simply for attending a demonstration.”

Community members and supporters in DC, the US, and around the world are organizing a variety of events, including fundraisers and benefits, press conferences, as well as marches and demonstrations. The week is intended to increase awareness and visibility of the extreme political repression being faced by Inauguration Day defendants. Several actions ahead of the week have already taken place, including artwork painted in support of defendants in Altanta, GA and Binghamton, NY, as well as banner-drops in Elgin, IL and at Camp White Pine, the tree-sit action camp in Huntington, PA currently resisting the construction of the Marine East 2 Pipeline. Events have been planned in cities across the east coast, including: New York City and Albany, NY; Richmond, VA; Durham, Asheville, and Chapel Hill, NC; and Washington, DC.

A list of planned events is available here: http://defendj20resistance.org/2017/07/19/week-of-solidarity-starts.html

The week will also act as a platform to unveil multiple political campaigns being organized by various defense committees.

A call-in campaign to Rochelle Howard in the Office of Police Complaints and DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser is being organized to demand that the $150,000 allocated for the investigation of the DC Metropolitan Police Department be released immediately. The investigation was prompted by a critical report released by the OPC in February, which described police conduct on Inauguration Day as violent, indiscriminate and in violation of their Standard Operating Procedures. The report has been followed by a civil lawsuit filed by the DC ACLU, asserting that the police committed several human rights violations, including sexual assault against arrested protestors as a punitive measure. The investigation is set to begin in October, but defendants are insisting that the investigation begin immediately.

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Defend J20 Resistance is a large group of felony defendants arrested on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC and their supporters who have all agreed not to testify against each other and are working together to collectively defend themselves. DefendJ20Resistance.org is a product of their work.

PRESS RELEASE JUNE 29: More Than 200 Trial Dates Set for Inauguration Day Protesters in Fall 2017, Spring 2018

CONTACT:

Sam Menefee-Libey (Dead City Legal Posse)
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(909) 576-3113

More Than 200 Trial Dates Set for Inauguration Day Protesters in Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Many defendants are refusing plea bargains unless all defendants are offered the same deal

Washington, DC – Following hearings over the past several days, trial dates have now been set for nearly all of the more than 200 defendants arrested en masse at the January 20 Inauguration Day protests in Washington, DC. The first trial, which includes six defendants, is scheduled for November 20, 2017. That trial is followed by an eight-person trial on December 11, and the rest of the trials are scheduled for the spring and summer of 2018.

As the last trial dates are set, more than half of the defendants are mounting a collective defense and have agreed not to cooperate with the prosecution and not to testify against their co-defendants. In line with their determination to see the state's case collapse at trial, defendants have agreed that no further pleas will be considered unless they are offered, uniformly, to the entire group.

On January 20, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers indiscriminately attacked hundreds of protesters, journalists, legal observers, and bystanders with chemical and projectile weapons, then "kettled" more than 200 people before arresting everyone. All of those arrested were charged with felony rioting, which was followed by a superseding indictment issued in April charging all defendants with at least eight felonies each, punishable by up to 75 years in prison.

The final trial dates come as a growing number of organizations have criticized the arrests, including the DC chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union, which last week filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia, the MPD and its Police Chief Peter Newsham, challenging the police misconduct that occurred on January 20.

In February, the Office of Police Complaints (OPC) issued a report criticizing the police response to the Inauguration Day protests, pointing to violent and indiscriminate attacks by police and their failure to issue the required dispersal orders.

The OPC report, in part, prompted the District Council earlier this month to approve $150,000 for an investigation into police misconduct that weekend. Defendants argue that the investigation should be fast-tracked in order to underscore the illegitimacy of the charges levied against them.

"Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff is wasting a huge amount of money on malicious prosecutions at a cost to the public that far outstrips any damage that occurred that day," said Sam Menefee-Libey of the Dead City Legal Posse which is supporting the Inauguration Day defendants.

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Defend J20 Resistance is a large group of felony defendants arrested on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC and their supporters who have all agreed not to testify against each other and are working together to collectively defend themselves. DefendJ20Resistance.org is a product of their work.

PRESS RELEASE MAY 30: Inauguration Day Protesters File Motions to Dismiss Felony Charges, Disclose Grand Jury Instructions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2017

CONTACT:

Sam Menefee-Libey (Dead City Legal Posse)
sml47@protonmail.com
http://www.dclegalposse.org
(909) 576-3113


Inauguration Day Protesters File Motions to Dismiss Felony Charges, Disclose Grand Jury Instructions

More than twenty defendants highlight absurdity of charges, seek an end to politically-motivated cases

Washington, DC – Twenty-one Inauguration Day defendants charged with at least eight felonies each and who face more than 70 years in prison if convicted filed a motion to dismiss their charges on Friday.

 

Picking apart each charge as insufficient to bring a case against Inauguration Day defendants, the defense motion states that “the government’s unprecedented theory of non-individualized, ‘group’ criminal liability has produced an Indictment that is overrun with fatal defects.” The motion also asserts that certain counts “fail to allege facts sufficient to establish the offense charged,” and others “do not even allege a crime.”

 

On January 20, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers indiscriminately attacked hundreds of protesters, journalists, legal observers, and bystanders with chemical and projectile weapons, then “kettled” more than 200 people before arresting everyone.

 

Originally, Inauguration Day arrestees were charged with a single count of “riot,” but eventually the federal prosecutor used a grand jury to indict 214 people for not just felony “riot” but also felony “inciting or urging a riot,” “conspiracy to riot,” multiple counts of “destruction of property,” and misdemeanor “assault on a police officer.”

In another motion filed Friday, defense attorneys seek to disclose the government’s legal instructions to the grand jury, which are typically secret and hidden from public scrutiny. Defense attorneys claim that the superseding indictment issued on April 27 “misconstrues the relevant law,” and they accuse the government of “improperly instruct[ing] the grand jury on the law.”

It was bad enough to be violently attacked by police while protesting in the streets, but now the government is trying to imprison us for decades,” said David Silverberg, one of the Inauguration Day defendants. “By piling on the charges, federal prosecutors are trying to scare us into pleading guilty before trial, but we stand defiant against such threats.”

More than 130 Inauguration Day defendants have agreed to ‘Points of Unity,’ including working collectively together to fight their charges, and refusing to cooperate with the prosecution or testify against each other.

By entrapping and violently attacking protesters on January 20, MPD violated its own crowd control policy – Standard Operating Procedures for Handling First Amendment Activity – which was modified after the department was sued in the mid-2000s for similar actions against protesters.

In February, the DC Mayor’s Office of Police Complaints issued a critical report, claiming that police responded to protests violently and without warning. In April, the district’s Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Allen promised to launch an independent investigation into the police response on January 20, but has yet failed to do so.

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PRESS RELEASE APRIL 28: INAUGURATION DAY PROTESTERS DECRY SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT CHARGING THEM EACH WITH SEVERAL MORE FELONIES

PRESS RELEASE: Defend J20 Resistance For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017

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Inauguration Day Protesters Decry Superseding Indictment Charging Them Each With Several More Felonies

Meanwhile, More Than 100 Defendants Have Agreed To Work Together And Are Refusing To Testify Against Co-Defendants

Washington, DC – Activists arrested during the inauguration of President Trump are condemning a superseding indictment filed yesterday by US Attorney Channing D. Phillips. The superseding indictment newly charges three people with felonies and applies several additional felony charges to the more than 200 people arrested on January 20.

Charges against defendants now include felony “inciting or urging to riot,” “rioting,” “conspiracy to riot,” “destruction of property,” and misdemeanor “assault on a police officer,” but the indictment provides no new evidence to back up the charges. “We haven’t seen a shred of new evidence to support this superseding indictment,” said Sarah Hailey, one of the defendants arrested on January 20. “The prosecutor is just using excessive charges in order to scare and coerce us into pleading guilty.”

The superseding indictment comes as Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff offered plea deals to multiple defendants in court today, seeking convictions in cases that have barely been prosecuted yet. In one rebuffed plea deal, Kerkhoff offered to downgrade a defendant’s charges to misdemeanor riot if the defendant agreed to testify against their romantic partner at trial.

“The prosecutor is using the threat of years in prison to obtain convictions before she has even bothered to make a case against anyone,” said Olivia Alsip, one of the felony defendants who was offered, but refused, a plea deal. “Many defendants, like myself, believe their charges are politically motivated and want to take their cases to trial.”

The news of additional felony charges comes as nearly half of the Inauguration Day defendants—more than one hundred people—have announced their intention to work collectively together to fight their charges. The defendants have established “Points of Unity,” which include an agreement not to “cooperate against any of our co-defendants, nor accept any plea deals that cooperate with prosecutors at the expense of other co-defendants.”

PRESS RELEASE APRIL 12 ACTIVISTS CHALLENGE INAUGURATION DAY ARRESTS AT D.C. COUNCIL’S POLICE OVERSIGHT HEARING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2017

CONTACT:

Sam Menefee-Libey (Dead City Legal Posse)
smenefeelibey@gmail.com
http://www.dclegalposse.org
(909) 576-3113

Matthew Whitley (Defend J20 Resistance)
press@defendj20resistance.net
http://www.defendj20resistance.net
(929) 335-4713


APRIL 12: ACTIVISTS CHALLENGE INAUGURATION DAY ARRESTS AT D.C. COUNCIL’S POLICE OVERSIGHT HEARING

Washington, D.C., April 12, 2017 – Activists with the Dead City Legal Posse will join Stop Police Terror and the ACLU of D.C. in testifying at D.C. Council’s budget oversight hearings of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Office of Police Complaints. The groups are demanding an independent investigation into the unconstitutional and illegal police tactics used on Inauguration Day, including the mass arrest of over 200 demonstrators now facing felony riot charges. The Dead City Legal Posse and Defend J20 Resistance are calling for the charges to be dropped and for an independent investigation to follow the Office of Police Complaints report about police misconduct on Inauguration Day. The hearing will take place at 9:30 AM in Room 500 of the John A. Wilson District Building, and the public may testify.

Last week, the Dead City Legal Posse announced a call-in campaign to D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso and Mary Cheh from the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, which is overseeing the hearing, to ask that they use the April 12th hearing to press the MPD for answers about the mass arrest on January 20th. Dead City Legal Posse member Sam Menefee-Libey said, “These 214 felony rioting cases are evidence of the extreme police overreach on Inauguration Day. MPD had no good reason to arrest so many people, least of all without a dispersal warning, so they’re chalking them up as criminals when it’s the police who broke the law.”

The Office of Police Complaints report from February 27th includes Police Control Board observations of officers deploying chemical weapons indiscriminately, using police lines to “kettle” and mass arrest demonstrators, and officers failing to audibly warn demonstrators before using force against them—all of which are tactics that violate the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004 as well as MPD’s own Standard Operating Procedures for Handling First Amendment Assemblies and Mass Demonstrations, updated in December 2016. The Police Standards Act was passed after Acting Chief of Police Newsham, who ordered the arrests on Inauguration Day, ordered the similarly illegal mass-arrest of hundreds of demonstrators at World Bank protests in 2002. The 2002 arrests resulted in lawsuits that D.C. settled for over $11 million.

The D.C. Council and the Mayor have essentially remained silent on the February report from the Office of Police Complaints, which recommended, “an independent consultant should be appointed to investigate and examine all aspects of MPD’s actions on January 20, 2017.” No such investigation has been initiated. By contrast, activists and First Amendment advocates have been raising their voices against the police abuse on Inauguration Day: the National Lawyers Guild and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund have already sued MPD over the arrests, and both organizations testified alongside the ACLU and numerous community organizations against the appointment of Peter Newsham as metropolitan police chief.

This is not the first instance of police—both in the District and in the nation—using aggressive tactics to target those critical of an authoritarian state: these tactics are an everyday reality for marginalized communities, particularly those of color or of the undocumented. Moreover, these particular circumstances are a direct analogue to the police response to the 2002 Pershing Park protests. Matthew Whitley of Defend J20 Resistance stated, “D.C. police have done this before: mass arresting hundreds and only giving up after mounting public pressure against them. They think they can get away with it this time by overcharging the demonstrators with felonies. So before any of these cases go to trial, we need to put the police on trial and make them answer for their indiscriminate abuse of demonstrators.”

For more information, contact:

Sam Menefee-Libey (Dead City Legal Posse)
smenefeelibey@gmail.com
(909) 576-3113

Matthew Whitley (Defend J20 Resistance)
press@defendj20resistance.net
(929) 335-4713


Hearing Details:

Budget Oversight Hearings on Fiscal Year 2017:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 9:30AM 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20004 Room 500

Relevant links:

Dead City Legal Posse

Stop Police Terror Project D.C.

D.C. Police Complaints Board report on Inauguration Day police misconduct

First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004:

Metropolitan Police Standard Operating Procedures for Handling First Amendment Assemblies and Mass Demonstrations:

Call-in campaign targeting D.C. Council

Video of elderly woman and child getting pepper sprayed by police at Inauguration Day demonstrations

National Lawyers Guild lawsuit against the MPD

ACLU accuses MPD of violation protesters’ rights

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund lawsuit against the MPD for withholding information on Inauguration Day arrests

Firsthand journalist account from the mass arrest on Inauguration Day

PRESS RELEASE WEEK OF SOLIDARITY

On January 20th, 2017, at approximately 10:30AM, over two-hundred and fifteen protesters were illegally mass-arrested, or “kettled,” by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC. The arrest took place on the corner of L and 12th Street during the inauguration of the Trump regime, in the proximity of an anti-capitalist and anti-fascist demonstration assembled to resist his administration’s transition into power.

The First Amendment Rights and Policy Standards Act, which took effect within DC in 2005, outlines official policy that the MPD is required to implement while interacting with persons exercising their first amendment rights, as those assembled gathered to do. As noted in the final Monitoring Report issued by the District of Columbia’s Police Complaints Board, in addition to the language of the Act itself, the arrest was in violation of several sections of Title I: the arrest was an indiscriminate round-up of those present on-site at L and 12th as the police lines closed off the public block (including medics, those seeking medical attention, legal observers, journalists, pedestrians, and PCB monitors themselves), as opposed to the arrest of specific non-compliant demonstrators against which they had probable cause (Section 107 C); they failed to provide audible warnings or dispersal orders to the crowd present for the demonstration, at no point did they inform those present for the demo that their first amendment protest had allegedly become “riotous” action, and they did not afford those seeking medical attention or those intending to leave the demo a means of exiting safely (Section 107 E.1); throughout the duration of the march and the arrest, the police used chemical weapons and concussion grenades (“stingers”) against protestors as a generalized method of crowd control, with or without provocation (Section 116 B.1-3); as the vast majority of the ~500-700 people in the crowd were engaged in peaceful demonstration - noted by legal observers of the DC National Lawyers Guild and journalist accounts of the arrest - it was likewise a violation for the police to corner off L and 12th with police lines, as there was no “probable cause to believe that a significant number or percentage of the persons located in the area or zone have committed unlawful acts” (Section 108); and as seven journalists were swept up in the arrest, the media were clearly not afforded full access to the site of the demonstration (Section 114 C.1-3).

The conditions of the arrest likewise violated the MPD’s own Standard Operating Procedures for Handling First Amendment Assemblies and Mass Demonstrations, updated in December 2016, which outlines that when a first amendment protest allegedly becomes “violent”, the police are required to issue warnings (at least one and up-to three) and dispersal orders prior to arrests - no warnings were issued at any time throughout the duration of the march (Section V.F.2 & IX.G.7). The SOP likewise re-enforces the language of the First Amendments Rights Act by stating that if arrests become necessary, they must be “of those individual law violators based on probable cause.” (Section V.F.3)

The illegal arrest was ordered by new Police Chief Peter Newsham. The District remembers Newsham as the Assistant Police Chief who ordered the mass arrest of over four-hundred nonviolent demonstrators that assembled in Pershing Park in 2002; protestors were hog-tied, detained for twenty-four hours, and ultimately released. No convictions were made, and the illegal arrest cost the District an ~$8.25 million settlement in a civil lawsuit. It is unclear how much this new arrest will cost the city or what promotion Newsham will receive for it, but what is clear is that he maintains his policy of “arrest first, indict later,” to the detriment of the District. On March 24th, four members of the Dead City Legal Posse testified against the appointment of Newsham, along with the Partnership of Civil Justice, which has filed a new lawsuit against DC MPD.

It is clear that this arrest was not only a distinct violation of city ordinance and police policy, but that it is an act of political repression from the Trump administration against those peoples who assembled for the demonstration. These charges are unprecedented, and an extraordinary reach by the prosecution. The demo that assembled at Logan Circle did so autonomously, in a moment of direct action against a hostile Presidential administration, a militarized State of police officers ready to follow orders, and a rising tide of far-right populism prepared to wield political violence against marginalized communities. Protestors have been shot in Seattle at anti-Trump rallies; mosques are burning across Texas; Jewish communities have seen waves of bomb-threats and harassment all around the country; family members are being detained and delivered to detention centers for involuntary labor, or shot dead in the streets. For those assembled, families, friends, and communities are under attack. The demonstration assembled on January 20th to stand in direct opposition to this assault, and to refuse both Trump’s “election” and the entire order that legitimizes him.

In this repression, the two-hundred and fifteen arrestees are not alone. Since last April, over eight-hundred water protectors have been arrested in Standing Rock, ND. A literal army of police units from across multiple states was deployed to ensure the colonization of Standing Rock for the benefit of Energy Transfer Partners and the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the face of this genocide, water protectors were subjected to police dogs, blows to the head and knees from batons, rubber bullets to the face and concussion grenades that maimed limbs, water cannons in below freezing temperatures, and hundreds of cases of hypothermia. For months, sniper rifles were set upon the encampments at least twenty-hours a day, despite being full of elders and children; this is neither unexpected or uncommon - a crowd of nonviolent protestors from the Festival of Resistance were similarly brutalized with chemical weapons by MPD during the kettle that included an elder and a seven-year old child. And yet, these thousands of Indigenous resistors and activists stood against the Dakota Access Pipeline in overwhelmingly nonviolent direct action. Now they face prosecution from grand juries of the very same kind that issued indictments for the L12 arrestees.

They are joined by the one-hundred and six people recently alleged by the California Highway Patrol to have participated in an antifascist confrontation with the Traditionalist Workers’ Party, a neo-Nazi political party, in Sacramento last summer where six people were stabbed. They are joined by over six hundred immigrants, from across eleven different states, who were ripped out of their homes and kidnapped from their families during ICE sweeps the mornings of February 9th, 13th and 14th. They are joined by dozens of people arrested and detained in Seattle and Chicago during the national airport demonstrations against the Muslim Ban. They are joined by the hundreds of prison-slaves already incarcerated - at Allegheny County Jail, Tecumseh State Correctional, and James T. Vaughn Correctional - who have organized labor strikes, set fire to mattresses, and seized temporary control of the prisons to demand humane living conditions, access to real medical care, and the provision of educational and rehabilitation programs.

The context, method, or tactics of these moments of resistance are inconsequential to the arrests made and to this regime; they arrest simply because people resist. But people must continue to resist, and to struggle against the institutions that place their families, their homes, and their lives under attack. We must resist illegal arrests; the grand juries convened to indict us; prosecutors who takes their orders directly from Trump; and most especially, we will continue to resist Trump himself and the systems that give him power.

This week, the week of April 1st to April 7th, we invite people everywhere to take action in a Week of Solidarity with political prisoners across the country, from Standing Rock to the District! You are the resistance!

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