Free Caryn Sodaro – An Occupy Prisoner of Conscience

July 18, 2012 in Event, Legal

Join us as we help one of Occupy Denver’s original and highly visible members. Caryn was part of the original security team for the 24/7 occupiers, marshaled at early marches and always stood up for her first amendment rights. For these reasons, she has been targeted by the Denver Police Department and has been in jail since early March. She is currently being abused both psychologically and physically while in jail. Most of Caryn’s charges have been dropped and her bond has been reduced to $10,000. Caryn does not deserve to be treated this way, especially as she always courageously spoke up and would stand up for the rights of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Why we care

Caryn was targeted during a spring crackdown of the Occupy Movement here in Denver. In the late winter of 2012, the Denver Police Department began a targeted crackdown against longstanding occupiers. Although the physical structures of the security booth and the Thunderdome went down in the fall of 2011, the Denver Police Department arrested 24/7 occupiers who had manned these spaces or carried out similar tasks over the winter. Highly visible occupiers who led marches were likewise targeted by late spring of 2012. Most arrests occurred after actions were over and protestors had dispersed. This snatch-and-grab tactic averts media attention and accountability. The result is a pattern seen during crackdowns around the world – trumped up charges, an increase in political prisoners and an epidemic of police abuse.

How you can help

Denver! Come to our Movie night fundraiser, which will be a double-feature of the movies COINTELPRO and Inside Job. There will be refreshments! and a chance to meet other members of your community.

When: Friday, July 20th at 6:30pm
Where: 27 Social Center. 2727 W 27th Avenue
Donate: $5 suggested donation
RSVP on Facebook

Everywhere! You can make an online donation via paypal or wepay. No donation is too small, or too big!

You can also share this page with friends, or follow the hashtag #FreeCaryn for updates on Twitter @OWSDenverLegal.
Or keep up with Caryn’s and other occupiers’ court cases by visiting our Courtwatch Calendar on OD Legal Committee’s home page.

Caryn will not go to jury trial before October 31st, and her trial date will most likely be pushed into November or later. Help us get her out of jail!
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Movies:

COINTELPRO
It may not be a well-understood acronym but its meaning and continuing impact are absolutely central to understanding the government’s wars and repression against progressive movements. COINTELPRO 101 is a 56-minute educational film that will open the door to understanding this history. This documentary will introduce viewers new to this history to the basics and direct them to other resources where they can learn more. The intended audiences are the generations that did not experience the social justice movements of the sixties and seventies.

Inside Job
Producer/director Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight) speaks at length with journalists, politicians, and financial insiders in order to offer a clearer picture of the economic meltdown that hit America starting in 2008. Academy Award winner Matt Damon narrates this unflinching look at the deep-rooted corruption that has left millions of middle-class Americans jobless and homeless as the major corporations get bailed out while paying millions in bonuses.