Pre-Trial Rally of Solidarity for Eight DC Democracy Activists
||Monday, September 19, 2011
||DC Superior Court-500 Indiana Avenue, NW (Metro: Judiciary Square, Red Line) Room 120
PRE-TRIAL RALLY OF SOLIDARITY FOR EIGHT DC DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS
8:15 - 9 AM, Monday, September 19, 2011, DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Avenue NW
For updates, call the "FREE DC Hotline" - (202) 232-2500.
Eight activists are scheduled for a non-jury trial at 9 AM, September 19, 2011, in Courtroom 120.
Each face a fine of up to $500, jail time up to 90 days, and a payment to the Victims of Crime Compensation Fund from $100-$500 (for two charges).
An additional charge of "Failure to Obey a Lawful Order," has no jail time, but fines from $100-$1,000.
Seven activists from the "DC41" charged with "Unlawful Assembly - Blocking Passage":
- Jack E. Evans - activist
- Eugene Dewitt Kinlow - Public Affairs Director, DC Vote
- Deangelo B. Scott - activist
- Lawrence Harris - DC statehood activist
- Anise Jenkins - President and Executive Director, Stand Up! for Democracy in DC/FREE DC
- Robert Brannum - President, DC Federation of Civic Associations
- Adam Maier - chief of staff, (former) Councilmember Sekou Biddle
One activist arrested on April 15, 2011 and charged with "Disorderly Conduct - Blocking Passage":
- U.S. Statehood Senator Michael D. Brown (D-DC)
On April 11, 2011, the U.S. Capitol Police arrested 41 people - including Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown,
Councilmember Michael A. Brown, Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander, Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Councilmember Thomas Wells, (former) Councilmember Sekou Biddle,
and U.S. Statehood Representative Michael Panetta (D-DC) - on Capitol Hill for "Unlawful Assembly - Blocking Passage" during a protest of the federal budget
deal. (Of the 41 arrestees, 27 chose to "post and forfeit" - pay $50 collateral and forfeit their right to a court date.
Of the 14 that chose to go to court on May 5, 2011 - where an additional charge of "Failure to Obey an Officer" was added - seven paid a $100 fine.)
The crimes, as misdemeanors, are prosecuted by the District's Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan.
For more info, read: Meet the 'DC 41'.
Three people were arrested on April 15, 2011, by U.S. Capitol Police during a protest outside the Hart Senate Office Building.
USCP arrested the three after they sat down in the middle of 2nd Street NE. Approximately 60 other protesters participated in the demonstration, in
which they wore gags and pointed at the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Mayor Vincent Gray addressed the group and lent his
support to the protest before the demonstration got underway. The "DC Three" were arrested and charged with "Disorderly Conduct - Blocking Passage"
after participating in a youth-led DC Emancipation Day protest. For more info, read:
D.C. Shadow Senator Arrested in Hill Protest.
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Keith A. Silver (SMD 6C01) was arrested on April 18, 2011, and charged with "Unlawful Assembly -- Disorderly Conduct."
Commissioner Silver is due back in Courtroom 120 for a non-jury trial before Judge Frederick Sullivan at 1 PM on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.
For more info, read: Gray Undaunted by Small Turnout at D.C. Protest.