- Cyrus R Vance JrManhattan District Attorney
Stonewall 4 - DEMAND ALL CHARGES DROPPED!
WE DEMAND - DROP THE CHARGES ON THE STONEWALL 4
On February 4, 2017, several thousand people gathered at the historic Stonewall Inn for the LGBTQ Solidarity Rally to protest Trump’s first Muslim Ban and in defense of LGBTQ rights. Volunteers from Refuse Fascism, including members of the NYC Revolution Club, joined in spreading thousands of flyers from Refuse Fascism throughout the crowd, along with stickers and posters with “NO! In The Name of Humanity We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America.” Many who were gathered at the back of the rally listened to powerful truth-telling from members of the NYC Revolution Club. As the rally was drawing to a close, several Trump supporters appeared and began to harass the Revolution Club members, who stood their ground and did not respond. The Trump supporters walked away. As the Revolution Club was packing up to leave, 4 members were surrounded by NYPD officers and, for no apparent reason, were brutally arrested. The police gave no order to disperse and offered no explanation for the arrests.
They are being charged with 7 misdemeanor crimes carrying up to a year’s sentence on Riker's Island. Charges include: Obstructing Governmental Administration and Resisting Arrest.
One of the Stonewall 4 has an earlier arrest resulting from ongoing NYPD harassment of refusefascism.org volunteers and members of the NYC Revolution Club. She is facing an additional case with 3 additional misdemeanor charges.
They gave the following statement to RefuseFascism.org
"We were at Stonewall to stand with people against the first iteration of the inhumane "Muslim Ban". We challenged and connected people with the need to confront the fascist nature and direction of this regime, and that protest alone would not be enough; we need to build a movement and drive the regime from power, and do so not just for ourselves, but in the name of humanity. We were attacked for bringing out this message.
We have previously been stalked and arrested by the authorities, followed, and harassed by police and Trump fanatics.
At a time when this fascist regime is moving rapidly to consolidate its hold on power and rapidly reorder society, the stakes are dangerously high, and THIS CANNOT STAND."
In our response to this arrest, we all must set an example, and set a tone for the struggles to come.
Whenever people come under attack for opposing injustice, they should be defended.
The Stonewall 4 were specifically attacked for doing what we all need to be doing in this period: leading and organizing others to confront the reality that there is a fascist regime in power, and moving heaven and earth to drive them out, in the name of humanity.
- Manhattan District Attorney
Cyrus R Vance Jr
- Mayor of New York City
Bill de Blasio
Drop all the charges against the Stonewall 4! The assault and arrest of people fighting injustice is completely illegitimate! This is especially urgent at a time when there are fascists in the White House.
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