On Monday, people around the world in at least 12 cities in 4 different countries will be standing up to demand that the U.S. Department of Justice drop the draconian charges against the remaining J20 defendants, those facing charges at Standing Rock, and denouncing the DOJ’s role in Trump’s deportation machine.
On January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day, over 200 people were swept up in mass arrests simply for being in the streets, protesting fascism, racism, and capitalism. Since then, nearly 150 defendants have seen their charges dropped, and the government has failed to make a single conviction at trial. We have even seen the prosecution sanctioned for withholding evidence from the defense. In spite of this, 39 people still face over 60 years in prison for “rioting,” “inciting a riot,” and other overblown felony charges.
Revolutionary and anarchist unions across the world are calling for demonstrations at US embassies and DOJ offices on Monday, June 25th. These include the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in the US and Canada, the National Confederation of Labor (CNT) in Spain, and the Free Workers Union (FAU) in Germany.
We are calling on our comrades everywhere to show these defendants our love and solidarity, and our resilience in the face of state repression. We recognize that across the US, people are taking to the streets against ICE. We want to connect all of our struggles, recognizing the connection between political repression, and the DOJ’s role in the growing deportation machine.
We also stand in solidarity with Native water protectors facing years in prison in the wake of Standing Rock, and black liberation demonstrators being threatened with trumped up charges in Ferguson and Charlotte. We are living through an escalating wave of repression that aims to silence all resistance. An injury to one is an injury to all.
Protest is not a crime! Drop the charges!
Tomorrow is a national day of action in solidarity with J20 defendants! Picket in Washington DC from 9am-11am Monday, June 25 at Judiciary Square, 555 4th St NW.https://t.co/lMuOKXp2WY pic.twitter.com/RLaVlrHLHz
— Baltimore IWW (@BaltimoreIWW) June 24, 2018
There are also demonstrations planned in Barcelona, Berlin, Atlanta, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Baltimore, and the Bay Area. A benefit show will also take place in Durham, NC.