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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Feminist Working Group

December 14, 2016
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People of all genders are welcome to join this call to discuss DSA's work on women's and LGBTQ issues, especially in light of the new political reality that we face after the election.  9 pm ET; 8 pm CT; 7 pm MT; 6 pm PT.

DSA Webinar: Turning Members into Leaders

December 28, 2016
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Are you starting a new group? Or have you been doing most of the work for your longtime group? Has it been hard to keep new people involved or get them to take responsibility? But suddenly everybody wants to jump in at the same time! Learn how to mentor new leaders and make sure they have all the information and tools they need to succeed.

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

NOTE: This training is at 9:00pm Eastern (8:00pm Central, 7:00pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific). Please RSVP.

Instructor:

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

In Leadership Development you will learn:

The proven steps to developing the leadership skills and commitment of more members:

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DSA New Member Orientation Call

January 19, 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.  8:30 PM ET; 7:30 PM CT; 6:30 PM MT; 5:30 PM PT.

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.

Full film available on Vimeo.