EIGHT DC DEMOCRACY ADVOCATES ARRESTED IN PROTEST GO TO TRIAL NOV. 15
CITIZENS TO RALLY IN SUPPORT OF ACTIVIST PRIOR TO TRIAL
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November 14, 2011
WHAT: Rally and Trial of Eight DC Democracy Activists
WHEN: November 15, 9:00 a.m.
Trial scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Courtroom 101
WHERE: Rally in front of DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Avenue, NW.
Trial in Room 101
On April 11, 2011, 41 individuals engaged in civil disobedience were arrested by the Capital Police. They were part of a protest objecting to Congressional interference in local DC affairs. Specifically, the Congress had put language in DC's appropriations bill that barred the District from spending its own locally-raised tax revenues on reproductive services for poor women. In the end, President Obama did not oppose that provision. Eight of those arrested sought a bench trial and will come before Judge Robert Morin tomorrow, November 15.
The trial comes as Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) has proposed legislation that would permanently bar the District from spending local dollars on abortions for poor women in most circumstances.
Several of those standing trial will be participating in the rally and will be available for comment. They will also be available after the proceedings.