An Open Letter to (former) J20 Defendants

On January 18th, the Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff filed a motion to dismiss the charges against 129 J20 defendants. This is a big development, but this case is far from over. While this can be seen as a victory in many ways, it is also an opportunity for the state to double down and intensify their attacks on 59 of our J20 comrades. If you just had your charges dismissed, there are a few important things you should know, but don't let them stop you from resisting and being in solidarity with the remaining J20 defendants. You may be wondering *why* your charges are being dismissed now, after the prosecution spent a year aggressively trying to prosecute you. The narrative the state is trying to put forward, in the courts and the media, is that the remaining 59 (or at least some of them) are the "real criminals." This is bullshit-don't buy it! The reason our charges have been...
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An Update on Our Comrade in Prison

Dane Powell was recently transferred from the DC Jail to a federal facility, which is luckily much closer to his family. His transfer is finally complete. We and his loved-ones have been in regular (but somewhat sporadic contact) throughout the transfer process. Now that his transfer is final, all of us can be back in touch with him! Dane continues to amaze us all with his capacity to take on this challenge, and to rise to it, at every turn. Please know that Dane is really looking forward to hearing from everyone! ☆☆ Dane's Birthday is NEXT Thursday (September 7th). It would be so wonderful if everyone who reads this update could send him a birthday card right away (and a gift from his wishlist ONLY if that is financially manageable for you). Amazon Wishlist Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1304CQUAW2GEG Some of the rules and regulations in federal prison are different from DC Jail and others are the same. Please carefully review all of this...
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Support Our Comrade in Prison!

Support Our Comrade in Prison!

On Friday, July 7th, Dane Powell became the first of the #DisruptJ20 arrestees sentenced to prison. Dane is a father, veteran, water protector, and active community member, but will now forever be known as one of the first political prisoners of the Trump era. Today, he needs your support more than ever for the four months he is behind bars. Please share far and wide—we want him to be flooded with love and support from every continent. So if you know anyone in Antarctica ... Dane Powell DCDC #358 530   Commissary Funds can be added in person in cash at the machines in the CTF building. Now that the account has been initiated, folks can also add funds remotely at www.connectnetwork.com (through the website or phone app) using Dane's name and DCDC number. Commissary funds can be used for either commissary or for phone, but phone account funds may only be used for phone.   Mailing Address: Dane Powell DCDC #358 530 DC Jail 1901 D Street, SE Washington, DC 20003   If it would be easier to email...
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Deadline Approaching for Preserving Your Right to Sue

Deadline Approaching for Preserving Your Right to Sue

In order to preserve one's right to sue the District of Columbia in civil court, a person must send the city notice of that (potential) intent. This notice must be sent by mail or hand-delivered. The deadline for this notice to be received by the city, in this instance, is July 20, 2017. We have worked up a template, with support from a lawyer who we love and trust. Folks who are interested in submitting this notice should discuss the issue with their attorneys. Please do not submit this notice without first engaging in a thoughtful cost/benefit analysis with an attorney whom you trust. Love & solidarity, The Dead City Legal Posse Download the template as Word document or modify the text below. Muriel Bowser, Mayor c/o D.C. Office of Risk Management 441 4th St., NW Suite 800 South Washington, DC 20001 Mayor Bowser: I am writing to provide notice of a claim against the District of Columbia pursuant to D.C. Code § 12-309. Beginning on January 20, 2017 at [time that kettle began.]...
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AN UPDATE FROM THE DEAD CITY | MAY 3

AN UPDATE FROM THE DEAD CITY | MAY 3

Comrades, This past week we had the first round of actual status hearings, which lasted longer than five minutes and in which the judge did things: trial dates were set for Group 1 defendants, and a few motions were ruled on. This hearing, of course, happened on the same day that the prosecution revealed its obscene superceding indictment, in which up to eight further felony charges were added to each defendant; they also indicted three additional people. This draconian tactic is one that prosecutors use to force plea agreements. The criminal legal system depends on such scare tactics to resolve about 95% of cases through plea agreements, which just goes to show that the system enforces repression and coercion, not the pursuit of justice. The Supreme Court even agrees with us on this one: see Lafler v. Cooper, 132 S. Ct. 1376, 182 L. Ed. 2d 398 (2012). The only reasonable thing the prosecution did is drop charges against three defendants. We...
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AN UPDATE FROM THE DEAD CITY | APRIL 20

AN UPDATE FROM THE DEAD CITY | APRIL 20

Comrades, What a week. Some people got their court dates rescheduled less than a week out, which is pretty shitty, and leads us to our first points of order, bold and capitalized for emphasis. THERE ARE NO HEARINGS THIS FRIDAY. If you are still coming on Friday because you want to meet with your lawyer in person, or you are going to sight-see in DC, or whatever, and you’d like to meet us in person—let us know! We’d be happy to see your faces. Important, crucial note that bears repeating: If you need housing for your upcoming status hearings, please write to us as soon as your date is confirmed: housing (A) dclegalposse.org On the Lawyer Front As you may have seen from a recent motion objecting to the government’s protective order—with dozens of lawyers’ names attached to it—counsel is choosing sides and getting organized! There is currently a listserv of attorneys collaborating on motions, filings, evidence, etc. It is a very, very good...
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Metro Police Use Unnecessary and Aggressive Tactics to Raid Home of Known Activist in Washington, D.C.

Metro Police Use Unnecessary and Aggressive Tactics to Raid Home of Known Activist in Washington, D.C.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2017 CONTACT: Sam Menefee-Libey (909) 576-3113 info@dclegalposse.org www.dclegalposse.org Metro Police Use Unnecessary and Aggressive Tactics to Raid Home of Known Activist in Washington, D.C. Sweeping search warrant indicates police seek more evidence from inauguration protests. Washington, D.C. -- On Monday, April 3, 2017, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) raided a known activist's house in the Petworth neighborhood. MPD broke down the door with guns drawn even though people were home at the time. According to the search warrant, the raid was in furtherance of "the investigation into the conspiracy to riot" and to search for items associated with the "Black Bloc march on January 20, 2017," the day of protests against Trump's inauguration. Items that were taken include an anti-fascist flag that flew on the front porch, a banner that said "kiss capitalism goodbye," and numerous computers, cell phones, and other personal electronics, including speakers and a television. On January 20th, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the Trump...
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An Update from the Dead City | March 29

An Update from the Dead City | March 29

Comrades, It’s been a busy week: we testified against the very bad interim police chief who ordered the mass arrests on J20, saw the first plea deal get taken (deep breath: it actually matters very little in this case, which we’ll explain), and learned current schedule for groupings. We’re going to review all that, plus do some housekeeping. And, once more with feeling: none of the following is legal advice. We are not lawyers. Travel Reimbursements We are able to reimburse defendants for their travel to and from DC. You must save your receipts to receive reimbursement. This includes receipts for gas and tolls. To submit a reimbursement request, fill out the DCLP Travel Reimbursement Form and email your receipts to reimbursements [at] dclegalposse.org. We are happy to answer any questions about reimbursements and travel at that email address as well. Groupings You can skip this section if you read last week’s update. It’s a repeat for those who did not: The most significant development was that the government...
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