Monday, March 10, 2008

Liberty City 7 Trial- Call to Action for Tuesday, March 11

Protest the LC7 trial on Tuesday March 11th and 18th at 9:00am in front of the courthouse, 301 N. Miami Ave.!
Pack the courthouse to show opposition to politically motivated trials! Court is Tuesday to Fridays, 9:30am to 5:00pm!


As you are aware, the Liberty City 7 retrial has been ongoing for over a month. Last week, the prosecution rested after presenting the same lame case which earned one acquittal and a hung jury in the first trial. The judge continues to rule overwhelmingly against the defense and the government is making a federal case out of seven impoverished young men with access to no weapons or training, while allowing right wing Cuban paramilitary groups to train to attack hotels and tourist destinations, unmolested.

This will likely be remembered as one of the more significant trials of our time, determining the boundaries for politically motivated prosecution of organizations and individuals across the country. That is to say, if noone cares when the government entraps a group with no intention and no capacity to commit terrorist acts, and then throws tremendous federal resources behind a flawed and weak case, you and your organization might be next.

This week, the accused present their defense with one or more of the Liberty City 7 testifying in court. We must be there to find out, first hand what happened, and show opposition to this type of politically motivated prosecution.

As such, as this case winds down, CopWatch is calling on people of good conscience to do two things:

- Protest against the Liberty City 7 case. We protest every Tuesday morning at 9:00am in front of the federal courthouse, 301 N. Miami Ave. in downtown. Please make plans to protest this Tuesday, March 11 and next Tuesday, March 18.

- Pack the courtroom. Attend the trial. Listen for yourself. Show the world and the federal government that people are watching and care about the outcome of this case. Trial is held Tuesday through Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Come with your organization or friends. We must pack the courtroom to show our opposition to this case. The trial is held at the federal courthouse, 301 N. Miami Ave. in downtown Miami. No cellphones are allowed in the courthouse, so please leave yours in your car.

Please make plans to protest and attend this trial during the next two weeks.


Max Rameau
a project of the Center for Pan-African Development


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