Support activists facing trial for Free Franklin occupation!
Posted 10 years ago on July 5, 2012, 9:21 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
via Free Franklin DC
Trial starts Monday, July 9th at 9:30 am - supporters will gather outside starting at 8:30 am DC Superior Court: 500 Indiana Ave NW Washington, DC
On November 19, 2011, a group of DC community members going by the name "Free Franklin" entered and occupied the former Franklin Shelter building at 13th and K St NW. Protesting the lack of homeless shelters in DC and the city government's ongoing attempts to dispose of publicly owned property, the occupation was intended to put public resources to use to meet community needs.
Six of those arrested at the occupation are facing charges of unlawful entry. The Franklin building belongs to the people of DC and the Free Franklin defendants, who carried out the occupation to re-open the building for its rightful owners, should be found not guilty! Join us in the courtroom to support the defendants and to send a message that DC communities want control of our public property to meet people's needs, like addressing the crisis of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in our city.
And take action by going to the link at the top and calling Mayor Gray and the City Council to demand that Franklin be re-opened to serve the community's needs.
Don't complain about lack of shelters, because you can't well argue that case in court. Complain about the police harassment and criminalization of poverty -- that you can win in court.
We support Occupy. My daughters learned this song at the Montpelier Village Building Convergence and have been singing it all week so I decided to share it with the world hoping it can become a bedtime staple and help to change the world for the better.