Loud Words call for Even Louder Actions: Activists to March From Left Forum to Metropolitan Correctional Center in Solidarity with Imprisoned Activists Jeremy Hammond & Jerry Koch

Loud Words call for Even Louder Actions: Activists to March From Left Forum to Metropolitan Correctional Center in Solidarity with Imprisoned Activists Jeremy Hammond & Jerry Koch

[New York, NY]  As Friday night’s plenary at the Left Forum hosted by NYC’s Pace University comes to a close activists will gather outside (1 Pace Plaza, NYC [MAP]) at 9:15pm for a march to the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) to protest the unjust and politically motivated detentions of activists Jeremy Hammond & Gerald Koch, and to create a boisterous show solidarity for all political prisoners housed at the MCC.

This action is part of three days of events to run in conjunction with the annual Left Forum. Speakers at this years forum include Oliver Stone, Jill Stein and Noam Chomsky. A list of forum events supporting Jeremy Hammond is posted below.

FRIDAY, 6/7
9:15 PM (meet outside right after plenary)
Gathering and short march to Metropolitan Correctional Center in solidarity with Jeremy & all political prisoners housed at the MCC. Bring your musical instruments or anything else that makes noise.

SATURDAY, 6/8
ALL DAY
Visit the Jeremy Hammond Defense Committee in the Left Forum exhibition hall.

SUNDAY, 6/9
12:00 PM (Session 6, Room W605)
See a Left Forum panel on the issue of Hacktivism, Information Activism, “The 5th Estate: Hacking, Leaking, & Investigative Journalism in the Age of Secrecy”. Panelist include: Gabriella Coleman (anthropologist & “Anonymous” expert), Will Potter (journalist & author of Green is the New Red), Grainne O’Neill (defense attorney for Jeremy Hammond)

SIGN THE PETITIONS
Jeremy’s twin brother, Jason, launched an online petition calling for the judge to grant Jeremy a sentence of time served. Jeremy has already spent 15 months in prison, including weeks in solitary confinement. Three of his Irish and British co-defendants are walking free today and none of the remaining three will spend more time in prison than Jeremy already has pre-sentencing.

Jason is pushing against the entire weight of the federal criminal justice system—the same system that drove Aaron Swartz to suicide—and he can’t do it alone. If you haven’t already, please join Jason in saying that Jeremy has spent enough time in jail by signing the petition at Change.org. If you have already signed, please tell your friends, family members, and co-workers to sign.

You can sign the petition to release Jeremy on a sentence of “time served” HERE

Jerry’s support commitee has also just announced an online petition and open letter that they are encouraging Jerry’s supporters to sign and share widely. Their open letter has already been joined by luminaries like Noam Chomsky, Simon Critchley, Frances Fox Piven, Jeremy Varon, Paul Mattick, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Raddack, Doug Henwood, and Jodi Dean.

Jerry Koch’s support committee has circulated the following letter calling others to join in resisting the draconian grand jury that is holding him captive…

New York legal activist and anarchist, Jerry Koch, is currently being held in a Manhattan federal detention having been neither charged nor convicted of any crime. He is being coercively held for refusing to speak to a federal grand jury — those black boxes of the judicial system, historically used to intimidate and harass radical communities. With his silence, Jerry is standing against this tool of government repression.

As part of Jerry’s support committee, we have penned an open letter, link below, explaining Jerry’s situation in the context of federal activist persecutions. We hope you might lend your signatures to the letter and help highlight the abuses perpetuated by shrouded grand jury procedures. And, of course, help us free our brave friend from the cage he now calls home,

Academics, artists and writers including Noam Chomsky, Simon Critchley, Frances Fox Piven, Jeremy Varon, Paul Mattick, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Raddack, Doug Henwood, Jodi Dean, Molly Crabapple, Natasha Lennard and others have already signed on. I hope you will consider joining them.

You can sign the petition to free Jerry at change.org HERE

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  1. If you are not going to the Left Forum supporters of Jerry Koch will be assembling at MCC (150 Park Row, behind the US Courthouse at Foley Square, NYC) at 8pm to start their noise demo.

    They have posted a facebook event page here – https://www.facebook.com/events/182737161888749/

    For those of you who planned on attending the left forum, we will be assembling at 9pm after the last plenary and marching to MCC to join the others.

    For everyone who has not attended a noise demo before, please be respectful of the tenor of noise demos, they are not liberal events, they are a loud response to the states attempts to swallow and silence communities of color and freedom fighters. Their purpose is to be loud enough to make the prisoners inside hear, and know that they are not alone in there.

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