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Protesting to Stop Military Recruiting and War for Empire is NO CRIME……
On February 9, Stephanie Tang goes on trial, facing one year in jail and a $1000 fine. Her case stems from World Can’t Wait demonstrations at the Marines Recruiting Station in downtown Berkeley in early 2008.
A leading World Can’t Wait organizer, Stephanie Tang is charged with obstructing a police officer, after one of three incidents last spring when (despite the City of Berkeley's anti-war position) Berkeley police in riot gear repeatedly assaulted World Can't Wait's persistent, spirited, and nonviolent demonstrations.
On February 22 the police again charged into the march, arresting two protesters. Stephanie was not arrested, although she was clubbed by an officer and sent flying head first into a brick wall. In fact, she was never arrested during any of these WCW demonstrations at the recruiting station, but weeks later, she received notice by mail ordering her to appear in court to face criminal charges. She says:
“It is absolutely no crime to organize to drive military recruiters out of our communities and schools! What is criminal is this package of war and occupation without end, the torture state and the spying – and no matter who is president, all of this must come to a halt!”
Pre-trial Hearing FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2008 at 9:00 AM, DEPT. 104
Trial begins MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2008 at 9:00 AM. but in DEPT. 112
Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse Criminal Div., 661 Washington St., Oakland
JOIN US AT A BENEFIT FOR THE WORLD CAN’T WAIT LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
SATURDAY February 7, 3:00-5:00 PM
Anna’s Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way in Berkeley
“Resistance: Needed in This World Now More Than Ever – The World Can’t Wait!”
A Conversation with Nora Barrows-Friedman (KPFA Flashpoints co-host and co-producer) about her experience reporting from Palestine, most recently during the US-backed Israeli massacre in Gaza. Other special guests will join WCW and Nora – everyone is welcome!
* Refreshments * No-host full bar * $10-100 suggested donation * All ages welcome *