Drop the Charges on the Georgetown 2!

Drop the Charges on the Georgetown 2!

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Luna Hernandez started this petition to Georgetown University, Georgetown Police, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia

 Drop the Charges on the Georgetown 2!
 
We call for all charges to be dropped against the two members of the Los Angeles Revolution Club who were brutally arrested while engaged in nonviolent speech as volunteers with RefuseFascism.org on Georgetown campus on January 27th.

These revolutionary activists were talking to students about their view that the Trump/Pence regime is carrying out a fascist program of white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, environmental destruction and America-First jingoism that poses a catastrophic danger to humanity and that it must be driven from power through mass, non-violent protest. They were inviting students to join in protests outside the U.S. Capitol during the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, sounding the alarm about the danger of unchecked presidential power, and calling attention to the way in which Republicans were suppressing witnesses and evidence, undermining truth and the rule of law. The violent censorship of this message by Georgetown police is all the more chilling given the brazen cover-up happening in the trial itself.

These activists were speaking with students inside Georgetown's “Red Square,” a zone specifically designated by Georgetown University as a one of several “public squares” which “shall be available, without prior arrangement, for individuals and groups during daylight hours for the purpose of exchanging ideas.” 

For this, these activists were grabbed by police, slammed against a wall, over a bench, and knocked to the ground, they were arrested and taken to jail, and now face the potential of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

These charges must be dropped!

The power of the state should not dictate what ideas should be engaged or not engaged, especially on a college campus. Students not only have the right, they have the responsibility, to engage with the kind of ideas these revolutionaries were bringing to campus. This is necessary for a true atmosphere of intellectual freedom on campus, as well as for students to be able to fully understand and act to shape the kind of larger society and world they will inherit.

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