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On this anniversary of the September 11th Attacks, join us for a discussion about prisoner rights with Cecily McMillan, as she shares her own experience through the American judicial system following her wrongful arrest during the Occupy Wall Street protests.
Cecily McMillan is a 25-year-old graduate student at the New School, union organizer, and Occupy Wall Street activist who was convicted of allegedly assaulting a police officer on March 17, 2012. After two years of censoring evidence and hand-selecting jurors, the prosecution was blatantly favored with overwhelming bias from Judge Ronald Zweibel. In a shocking verdict that stunned outside observers, she was found guilty despite insufficient evidence and Zweibel sentenced McMillan to 90 days in jail at Rikers Island. She was sent directly to jail on May 5 2014, despite having missed no court appointments over two years of hearings and her public insistence on refusing to plea out. During the long period between her initial arrest and the jury trial, Cecily was arrested again by the NYPD on December 7th of 2013 for observing and attempting to video-document the arrests of two young people in the Union Square subway station. McMillan and her supporters denounce the trumped up charges that were intended to undermine her credibility, for which she faces up to a year back on Rikers.
For more information, visit: http://justiceforcecily.com
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