DD National #handsup Call-To-Action Today!

Police officers are sworn to serve and protect us–but they are literally killing our people in our communities. We must take action. We are asking young people around the country to go to the U.S. Attorney’s office near them and issue local demands to address police violence and grievances with local law enforcement and to apply pressure around the national demands. Continue reading

NATO 3 Sentenced to 5 to 8 Years, Receive Credit for Time Served

Today in the Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the NATO 3 were sentenced to between 5 and 8 years in prison. Brian Jacob Church was sentenced to 5 years, Brent Betterly to 6 years, and Jared Chase to 8 years. They will all serve this time at 50% of the sentenced time (e.g., 6 year sentence equals 3 years served) and will receive credit for the two years they have served pending trial. Upon release, they will each have two years of supervised release as well. Continue reading

“Let’s Make These [Molotovs] So I Can Go Bomb a F—- Bank”: The Failed Terrorism Case Against the NATO 3

The NATO 3 will be sentenced this Friday, April 25. Please join us in court for this next step in their ordeal if you are in or around Chicago. No matter where you are, you can refresh your memory of what they endured during their grueling trial by reading the zine we are proud to release today Continue reading

#Justice4Cecily Trial Update for 4/9/14

There was good news that came out of court today. Judge Zweibel has now allowed the defense to ask the officer who sexually assaulted Cecily about previous assault cases that he was involved in. Previously, Judge Zweibel threatened Marty Stolar, Cecily’s Lawyer with contempt of court if he brought his past assault cases up. The trial starts again on Friday, April 11th @ 9:30am, 100 Centre St. Rm. 1116, Part 41. Continue reading

Message to Friends of Cecily McMillan #justice4cecily

Find out how to effectively support Cecily McMillan. Cecily McMillan was brutally arrested at Zuccotti Park on March 17, 2012, on the eve of Occupy Wall Street’s sixth-month anniversary. An NYPD officer grabbed her breast from behind, after which her arms flew up in the air and backwards as the body’s natural reaction to being physically and sexually assaulted. The police then beat her until she lost consciousness and began to seizure. They are now charging her with felony assault of a police officer, which carries a sentence of up to 7 years in prison. Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street Activist Cecily McMillan Goes to Trial on Felony Charges – May Face 7 Years in Prison for Being Assaulted by NYPD Officers

“The main issue here,” says Martin R. Stolar, McMillan’s attorney, “is the heavy-handed, over-policing by the NYPD during the Occupy Wall Street protests, which lead to crimes where none existed. It was a normal reaction for a woman to react, to be startled after having her right breast grabbed.” Rebecca Heinegg will be co-counsel with Stolar at trial. Continue reading

NATO 3 Not Guilty of Terrorism! Convicted of Possession of Incendiary Device Charges and Facing 30 Years

On Friday, February 7, 2014, the jury in the NATO 3 trial returned its verdicts against Brent Betterly, Jared Chase, and Brian Jacob Church. These three had been held in Cook County Jail in Chicago since they were arrested on May 16, 2012. They faced trumped up, politically motivated terrorism, conspiracy, and arson charges because of their perceived politics and political activities (mostly through the Occupy movement). Continue reading

NATO 3 Trial Concludes, Jury Begins Deliberating Our Comrades’ Fates.

The closing arguments in the NATO 3 trial concluded today and the jury began deliberations to determine whether each of them will be convicted or acquitted on each of the seven charges they are facing. The jury was released for the evening at about 11pm and are scheduled to return at 9am tomorrow to continue deliberations. They must keep deliberating until they reach a verdict. Continue reading