[IMC-Boston-Dispatch] 1/28: Seven Jamaica Plain Activists to Stand Trial Wednesday

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Mon Jan 26 06:39:26 PST 2009





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Subject: Alert: Seven Jamaica Plain Activists to Stand Trial Wednesday

 
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Contact:    Kathleen
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Hyde Square 7
                
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Local
Activists Go to Trial Wednesday Following Unfair Arrest
 
Jamaica Plain, MA, 01/23/09 - On
October 21, 2008 seven Jamaica Plain anti-war and social justice activists were
confronted by police while standing in conversation on a public sidewalk off
Centre Street. When they asserted their right to assemble in public and asked
for reasons why the police demanded to see their identification, they were
arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The group, who has been called
the Hyde Square Seven, has fought the charges. Over the course of three
hearings at West Roxbury District Court, all motions to dismiss the charges
have been denied, and the Hyde Square Seven will stand trial on Wednesday,
January 28 at West Roxbury District Court.
 "It is important that the Hyde Square
Seven fight these charges," said fellow activist Julie Keefe. "We
cannot allow a precedent to be set where the police can discourage the lawful
assembly and activity of social justice activists in Jamaica Plain or anywhere
else. We have to defend civil liberties."
 The group maintains that they obeyed every
lawful order given by the police, but refused to cooperate with an unlawful
violation of their civil liberties. According to Ann Coleman, another local
activist, "The Hyde Square Seven were arrested for asserting their First
Amendment rights to freedom of speech and assembly." 
 The Hyde Square Seven and other local
social justice groups are calling upon supporters to stand with them at court
on Wednesday, January 28, 9:00am, at the West Roxbury District Court building,
445 Arborway, Jamaica Plain. They have generated an online petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/hydesqu7/ petition.html. The petition has already gathered nearly two hundred signatures.
 
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