Drop the Charges against Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, Sarai Robles-Mendez
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Trans and Queer Activists Beaten and Arrested During SF Pride
San Francisco's Mission District –
At least six people were arrested on Saturday night after a protest against a prison-themed Kink.com party. The protestors' message was "queer liberation, not incarceration."
This is a travesty--on the anniversary of the famed Stonewall Rebellion, where trans and queer people rose up against police brutality, that six people would be arrested for protesting an SF Pride-sanctioned party that celebrated state violence and prison rape.
The six included a National Lawyers' Guild Legal Observer; several protesters were clubbed and beaten to the ground after a protest numbering several hundred marched to the Armory at 14thand Mission Streets in the Mission District, from a 10 p.m. gathering at the 16th Street BART Station.
Three people, Rebecca Ruiz-Lichter, Prisca Carpenter, and Sarai Robles-Mendez remain in San Francisco Sherriff's custody under wrongful felony charges.
We demand the immediate release of these three and for all charges lodged against the peaceful demonstrators brutalized that evening to be dropped.
Please join your voice to ours to tell District Attorney George Gascón to let them go! Queer liberation, not incarceration!
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