Justice for Cecily McMillan- Next Steps

Yesterday ( May 14) we had an awesome press conference at City Hall! A number of City Council members have written letters and made statements in support of Cecily. We have a few very exciting things going on between now and the rest of the week in our efforts to get Cecily leniency in sentencing! First of all, she gave us a statement last night to send out today:

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“Today was the first day I really sobbed. For more than 15 minutes I gushed with overwhelming joy and gratitude. Today was the first day I got mail. A few weeks worth, certainly over 100 letters. My dorm-mates and I spent all evening reading, and we still got through only about half. The literature, the poems, the photos, the drawings now litter the whole of 5 South B. Occupy Love is literally spreading through Rikers. It has been an incredible day, I have never felt so loved or so human.”

Your letters to her really make a difference. If you haven’t sent one yet or want to send more, the information on how to do that (including her address) is here! However, she isn’t the only person we need to write letters to! In our efforts to get Cecily released, we are writing letters to Judge Zweibel asking him for leniency in sentencing. Please write your letter here, and encourage your friends and networks to do so as well! Our form letter is entirely modifiable, so let it serve as a guideline for your messaging and then write whatever you want. You can also email letters to zweibel@justiceforcecily.com.

After you write your letter, please RSVP for the rally on Sunday! We will be starting in Union Square at 2:00pm. We’ll be presenting a people’s court with the evidence we weren’t allowed to present in the courtroom, reading a statement from Cecily, and hearing stories and talking about the thousands of other victims of police brutality.

Last of all, don’t forget to plan for the sentencing hearing on Monday, May 19th! We’re not certain exactly what time Cecily will be getting sentenced (the actual sentencing hearing will take between 10 minutes and an hour), so we are planning on getting there in the morning and staying until her hearing is over! As before, the hearing will take place in Part 41 (room 1116) of 100 Centre St. 

Love and solidarity,
 Justice for Cecily team
CecilysTrial@gmail.com

See also this report on the verdict by Maurice Isserman 

http://www.dissentmagazine.org/blog/the-disturbing-verdict-against-cecily-mcmillan

 

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Lessons in Organizing from the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union

January 17, 2017
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Join DSA Vice-Chair Chris Riddiough to explore what we can learn from the work of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (1969-77), the largest of the socialist feminist women’s unions of the 1970s, which had a rock band, a graphics collective, the underground abortion collective JANE, and numerous other projects. Check out their website and join the discussion via internet connection.

Film Discussion: The Price We Pay

January 30, 2017
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The Price We Pay blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance — the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, tax havens - and what we need to do to stop this.  DSA member Bill Barclay, who has a cameo role in the film, will facilitate the discussion. Watch the film prior to the discussion.

Full film available on Vimeo.

How to Plug in New Members

February 01, 2017
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Is your DSA chapter growing quickly and you're trying desperately to find ways to plug new members into your chapter's work? Never fear! On this conference call an experienced DSA organizer will go over the basics of new member outreach and developing a plan for plugging new members into your chapter's work. Most of the call will be devoted to troubleshooting specific issues you're facing, so please brainstorm some issues beforehand that you want to bring up on the call.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 7 PM MT; 7 PM PT.

Film Discussion: Salt of the Earth

February 05, 2017
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Join DSA members Shelby Murphy and Deborah Rosenfelt in discussing Salt of the Earth, a captivating film made in 1954 by blacklisted writers and actors about a strike at a New Mexico zinc mine. Well before the resurgence of feminism in the 1960s, these filmmakers were exploring gender inequality and solidarity. Available on Netflix.

Shelby Murphy is a Latina from Texas and former Young Democratic Socialists co-chair. Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Deborah Rosenfelt researched the making of the film and its aftermath for the reissued screenplay. Here is her blogpost about the film.

 

DSA New Member Orientation Call

February 15, 2017
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You've joined DSA - Great. Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision.  And, most importantly, how you can become involved.  8 PM ET; 7 PM CT; 6 PM MT; 5 PM PT.

Film Discussion: Documentaries of People's History in Texas

April 02, 2017
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Join DSA members Glenn Scott and Richard Croxdale to discuss videos produced by People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a project that brings to life the stories of ordinary people in significant socio-political movements in Texas. They will discuss The Rag, their newest documentary, which tells the story of an influential underground paper based in Austin, Texas, from 1966-77. Click here to view Part I (the early years as an all-volunteer paper covering the student, anti-Vietnam and Civil Rights movements), Part II (the impact of Women’s Liberation on the paper) and Part III (building community: covering local politics, nukes, co-ops, feminist institutions). But check out their short the video on the Stand-Ins about a group of university students who led a movement to desegregate Austin’s movie theaters in 1961.

Film Discussion: The Free State of Jones

June 11, 2017
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Join Victoria Bynum, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos, to discuss The Free State of Jones. STX Entertainment bought the film rights to Bynum's book of the same title. She also served as a consultant and appears in a cameo scene. What was the Free State of Jones? During the Civil War, an armed band of deserters led by Newt Knight, a non-slaveholding white farmer, took to the swamps of southeastern Mississippi and battled against the Confederacy in an uprising popularly known as “The Free State of Jones.” Joining Newt in this rebellion was Rachel, a slave. From their relationship, there developed a controversial mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. View the film here for $6 before the discussion.