January 15, 2013 in Teach-In
Standing up for what is right is not a crime, it’s a necessity. However, when standing up against the system, the system will work very hard to keep you silent! State repression of even the most non-violent movements is a constant reality. Repression takes many forms but one of the most common is direct imprisonment of activists through arrests.
The criminal justice system is confusing and corrupt at best. When someone is arrested and taken to jail, a lot goes into their immediate release and then support through the legal process of fighting the trumped up charges. Far too many people caught in the legal system in the US do not have support or help to get bailed out of jail, get a lawyer, have support at court, or figure out all the complicated details of their case.
As a social justice movement, Occupy Denver is committed to supporting activists who are facing state repression.
This teach-in will cover the ins and outs of legal support. Topics like running a legal line, what can be done at actions to help people understand their rights and stay as safe as possible, working through the bail/bonding process, how to connect to lawyers or public defenders, things to know when approaching a trial, how to pack the court house with public support, and more will be covered!
Occupy Denver is currently striving to expand legal support for repressive arrests by empowering as many people as possible to do legal support and to understand their own legal process if arrested. If you have an interest in learning more or helping OD do legal support in any way please come to this teach-in and learn where you can contribute!
Led by long-time Occupy Denver legal committee members