After an altercation with the police during an Occupy Wall Street protest in March 2012, activist, Cecily McMillan, was unfairly convicted of second-degree assault, a felony and now faces up to seven years in prison. 

"Cecily McMillan was found guilty of deliberately elbowing officer Grantley Bovell in the face as he led her out of a protest in March 2012. She has maintained that hers was a reaction to having her breast grabbed from behind by the officer. Cecily is well known among her Occupy peers as one of their staunchest advocates of non-violent protest. Convicted of second-degree assault, a felony, Cecily faces up to seven years in prison. She was denied bail and is being detained at Riker’s Island jail." (Voice Project)

A long prison sentence for this petty offense is undeserved. Besides the nine out of  twelve jurors who reached the guilty verdict have courageously wrote to Judge Ronald Zweibel and requested that he not give her a prison sentence.

This campaign, organized by The Voice Project and Pussy Riot, has fostered a great deal of support for Cecily and her fight from well known figures such as, Pussy Riot, Shephard Fairey, Kim Gordon, Spike Jonze, JD Samson, Justin Vivan Bond and Lauren from Chvrches. All of these individuals have shown their support by writing letters to Judge Ronald Zweibel, asking that he show Cecily leniency.

Cecily's sentencing is May 19th, so we encourage you to show your support and solidarity with OWS and the #Justice4Cecily team, by writing your own letter to Judge Zweibel to request leniency.

Images courtesy of Occupy Wall Street, Gawker.

Tagged in: Spike Jonze, shepard fairey, Pussy Riot, protests, Protest Rights, Occupy Wall Street, kim gordon, justin vivian bond, JD Samson, chvrches, activism   

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