Here is an update from Team Cecily about another trial coming up, seperate from the one you signed for in this petition. You should go to her website to stay abreast and see how to help. Please keep spreading this petition as it will become more important as time goes on and her appeals are heard.
"Our dear friend Cecily is once again facing jail-time. Her trial is beginning with certainty on Monday, October 6.
We’ll be in Part 13 (4th Floor) of 100 Centre St. at Manhattan Criminal Court. She has been assigned Judge Ferrara, and we expect the proceedings to be far more expedient than the previous trial. Since it is a misdemeanor trial, the jury will consist of only six people.
We’ll be packing the courtrooms once again to show support for our friend and comrade!
For updates, please RSVP to the Facebook event here. We encourage you to share with your networks - together we made a huge impact last time! You can also see updates, news and quotes for the courtroom on the twitter hashtag #Justice4Cecily. Finally, the quickest way to get updates is join our celly - just text @CecilysTrial to 23559!
If you’re unfamiliar with the details of this case, here’s more information:
On December 7th, 2013, Cecily McMillan was arrested for attempting to document by video the arrests of a young man and woman in the Union Square subway station. Cecily saw two plainly dressed men begin to abusively confront and interrogate two young Latino people. When she began to question them about the harassment, it turned out the men were police officers who then arrested them. Cecily followed them to the subway precinct, watching to make sure they were not further abused, and began to take a video of the arrest process from outside the precinct doors.
Cecily was arrested and has been charged with “obstructing governmental administration” even though nothing was obstructed, for the two arrestees were issued summonses and released. Cecily was harassed by police officers, particularly when they found out that she was the OWS protester awaiting trial for allegedly assaulting a police officer. In May of 2014 she was convicted on the assault charges, currently awaiting appeal.
For this charge, Cecily faces up to a year back on Rikers. The allegations fabricated against her on this charge was also a critical factor to the verdict the jury came out with in the past trial, even though it was completely unsubstantiated. We hope to see you tomorrow to fight to protect our right to film the police and to show your support for Cecily!
Love and solidarity,