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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Introduction to Socialist Feminism Call

April 30, 2017
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Join Philadelphia DSA veteran activist Michele Rossi to explore “socialist feminism.” How does it differ from other forms of feminism? How and when did it develop? What does it mean for our activism? 4-5:30pm ET, 3-4:30pm CT, 2-3:30pm MT, 1-2:30pm PT.

DSA Webinar: Talking About Socialism

May 02, 2017
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Practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table in public.

Join us for our latest organizing training for democratic socialist activists: DSA’s (Virtual) Little Red Schoolhouse.

This training is at 9:00pm Eastern, 8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Mountain, 6:00pm Pacific, 5:00pm Alaska, and 3:00pm Hawaii Time. Please RSVP.

Instructor:

Steve Max, DSA Vice Chair and one of the founders of the legendary community organizing school, The Midwest Academy

In Talking About Socialism you will learn to:

  • Have a quick response ready to go next time someone asks you about democratic socialism.
  • Create your own elevator pitch about democratic socialism and DSA.
  • Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism.
  • Think through the most important ideas you want to convey about democratic socialism.
  • Have a concise explanation of what DSA does, for your next DSA table, event or coalition meeting.

Training Details

  • This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources.
  • If you have a computer with microphone, speakers and good internet access, you can join via internet for free.
  • If you have questions, contact Theresa Alt <talt@igc.org> 607-280-7649.
  • If you have very technical questions, contact Tony Schmitt <schmittaj@gmail.com> 608-335-6568.
  • Participation requires that you register at least 45 hours in advance, by midnight Sunday.

 

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. 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.