Cecily McMillan Sentenced to 90 Days: A Call to Action
Posted 9 years ago on May 19, 2014, 10:17 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: direct action, #Justice4Cecily, Cecily McMillan
No #Justice4Cecily, No Peace. Rally at 7:30PM TONIGHT, Zuccotti Park
Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan has been sentenced in New York City. Her imprisonment and botched trial are just the latest in a two-year trial of injustices that leads back to her brutal arrest on March 17, 2012 in Liberty Square. She has become another symbol of the two-tiered justice system in the United States: prisons overflowing with nonviolent offenders, whistleblowers and political dissenters while thieving executives and banksters walk free.
As Gandhi said, “Poverty is the worst form of violence.” The perpetrators of the crime of poverty not only walk amongst us but are elevated by a broken system to the highest offices of government and corporate power. Enough!
When we took to the streets across our country in 2011 in dignified and peaceful protest, we were brutally arrested by militarized police officers sent to destroy our solidarity and resolve. By the thousands we occupied jail cells and courtrooms and learned of the atrocities committed to the ‘other 1%’: the 1 in 100 Americans who are currently ensnared in the prison system in some form. This is the highest rate of incarceration this country, and the world, has ever seen. Enough!
We need a mass and militantly non-violent movement to bring down the broken prison system in the USA and restore justice.
This is a call to action.
Take a one-day vow of silence against their violence. Take a picture of yourself with duct tape covering your mouth and on it write the name of a prisoner you know. Post it online. Join with others at your local District Attorney’s office for a rally or direct action. Create or join a silent candlelight vigil in your community against police brutality and for freedom for all political prisoners.
You will not be alone in your silence. We will join your silence with ours and unite in a deafening roar to let the country know we will not stand by while you destroy our loved ones’ futures.
At the end of the one-day silence, we will take bold and brave direct action together to shut down the prison-industrial complex. We will have your back.
Our silence against their violence.
Justice for Marissa Alexander!
Justice for the victims of poverty!
Justice for the victims of systemic racism!
Justice for all.
Prison is a form of torture.