Stop the Prosecution of the 'Irvine 11'
  • Petitioned Tony Rackauckas

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Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas

Stop the Prosecution of the 'Irvine 11'

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Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas, is prosecuting UC Irvine students who protested the speech of Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.

The "Irvine 11" have already been subjected to administrative proceedings and possible sanctions by the University administration. The Muslim Student Union (MSU) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), was suspended for one quarter and continues to face probation for two academic years. Despite the University's internal proceedings, the District Attorney subpoenaed six UCI Muslim students to testify before a grand jury. A grand jury, with its secrecy provisions, can only exacerbate fear and division among the students at the University.

We believe that the Orange County District Attorney's decision to file criminal charges against the Irvine 11 is excessive and extreme. No person or property was damaged in the course of the protest, Ambassador Oren was able to complete his speech, and the students have already undergone disciplinary proceedings by the University. Not only is the possibility of criminal charges excessive, but it also creates a chilling effect on student activism and student free expression nationwide. Ask  DA Tony Rackauckas to stop the prosecution of the students and focus on real criminals rather than innocent students who implemented their rights as citizens.

Recent signatures


    1. Trial set to begin in 'Irvine 11' student protest case

      The trial of 10 students charged with misdemeanors for allegedly taking part in a protest against an Israeli ambassador's appearance at UC Irvine is scheduled to begin Wednesday afternoon with opening statements.

    2. "Irvine 11" Trial Delayed Because Attorneys 'Not Ready'

      The jury trial of the college students accused of disrupting a public speech at UC Irvine has been continued to Aug. 29.

    3. UCI Muslim students head to court for disruption

      A trial is scheduled on Monday for the case of 11 local Muslim students accused of interrupting a speech by the Israel ambassador.


      A 20-year-old UC Irvine student accused of disrupting an Israeli ambassador's speech will not be with his 10 co-defendants when the case goes to trial next month and will have his charges dismissed if he completes 40 hours of community service.

    5. Former county prosecutor joins high-profile defense team

    6. An Orange County judge on Thursday rejected a motion by prosecutors that he unseal the transcript of a grand jury investigation into the Irvine 11 case.

    7. Judge places gag order on both sides in Irvine 11 case

    8. Judge Peter J. Wilson in Santa Ana has granted a motion sought by defense attorneys for the Muslim students--eight from UC Irvine, three from UC Riverside--to stop prosecutors from making any more public statements about the case.

    9. Reached 4 signatures
    10. Lawyers to the Irvine 11: 'You started it'

    11. Irvine 11 Charged With Misdemeanors, Face Jail, Probation, Community Service if Convicted

    12. Activists are planning a live hand over of this petition on Friday

    13. It has now been more than a month since the Irvine 11 were arrested, please keep spreading the word about this action.

    14. Irvine 11 set to be arraigned Friday in Santa Ana

    15. Orange County Islamic leaders call for district attorney to drop charges against student protesters

    16. Reached 3 signatures
    17. The case of these students is gaining increased attention within the global Palestinian community

    18. The Irvine 11 are back in the news today as Michael Oren spoke yesterday at a university in Colorado

    19. Associated Students Inc. criticises the Orange County District Attorney for the recent charges filed against the students

    20. Reached 2 signatures
    21. Town hall to protest UCI Muslim students' charges

    22. LA Times Blogs: UC Davis faculty members want charges dropped against Muslim students who disrupted speech at UC Irvine

    23. The students will appear before a grand jury on March 11 on charges of conspiracy

    24. New York Times: Muslims and Free Speech

    25. Reached 2 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • patty brey METAIRIE, LA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm sick of our pro-Israel media lying to us about these criminal psychopaths as if they were God's chosen people. Hey Christians---d'ya really think God likes genocide and depleted uranium being used on babies?!!!!

    • Inayah Lakhani KENDALL PARK, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      This goes against the very morals and principles this country is apparently based on.

    • Joseph Gauthier ATTLEBORO, MA
      • about 3 years ago

      (1)Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

      (2) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

      (3)Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

      (4)Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms

      (5) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

      (6) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

    • Ahmad Rifa'ie Bin Apandi IPOH, MALAYSIA
      • about 3 years ago

      I support the freedom of speech and nobody should be prevent from expressing their thoughts.

    • Christian Pedroza AZUSA, CA
      • about 3 years ago



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