As you may have heard Jazz Hayden is facing serious charges for his anti-stop and frisk video activism. This battle has now reached an emergency situation.

The DA’s office of Manhattan decided, this past week, to pursue indictment through a Grand Jury hearing scheduled for Thursday, September 13.

The next day, on Friday, September 14, Jazz Hayden will also be speaking at the important Riverside Church event against Mass Incarceration alongside Michelle Alexander, Cornel West, Angela Davis and others.

We need you on board this week for the protest outside of the Grand Jury hearing and for the Riverside Church event. Details below. See you there!


Jazz Hayden’s Freedom is On the Line!
Two Urgent Actions to Keep Jazz Free:

Thursday, September 13th, 8:30 am -1 Hogan Place
(near Centre and Worth Streets, around the corner from courthouse at 100 Centre Street; Trains: 4/5/6/N/R to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; Q to Canal; A/C/J/Z to Chambers)
Join us at the press conference & rally

And earlier in the week…

Tuesday, September11th
Call Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance’s office: Attorney William Darrow, tel. 212-335-9192
Tell Darrow to Drop the Charges Against Jazz Hayden! We want to keep Jazz Free!

Join Jazz Hayden, Michelle Alexander, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and others in a forum to build a movement against mass incarceration.
Buy your ticket now!

Listen to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s promo for the event.

This is an urgent week in the campaign to keep Jazz Free! Despite over 2,000 of us raising our voices, and despite the obviously retaliatory nature of the charges, District Attorney Cyrus Vance has re-affirmed he intends to pursue an indictment at the Grand Jury hearing this Thursday.

Jazz is a 71-year old grandfather and community activist, unflinchingly devoted to defending the people of Harlem and New York from the racist police humiliation and brutality communities of color experience on a daily basis. The NYPD and the courts are using bogus weapons charges to try to silence his cop watch activities and send a chilling message to the rest of us. Jazz is facing a possible 14 years in prison.

TURN OUT ON SEPTEMBER 13!! We need to send a strong message to jurors and the prosecutors as they enter the courthouse: WE STAND BY JAZZ HAYDEN!

CALL THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY ON SEPTEMBER 11!! Take just two minutes on Tuesday to flood their phone lines with one clear message: drop the trumped-up charges against Jazz Hayden! Call Attorney William Darrow at 212-335-9192 and tell him to stop persecuting Jazz for his community service!

Sign Jazz’s petition and learn more about his case at

Submitted by: Liberation Summer

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