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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Occupy Harlem Leaders in Court on Monday, April 30

Rev. Earl Kooperkamp and Nellie Bailey will be on trial starting tomorrow.  Bring ID and come early so that you can get through security in time for the 9:30 start.
 Put NYPD Stop & Frisk Practice on Trial NOT those who challenge it!

On Monday, April 30 Dr. Cornel West and Carl Dix, leaders of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and 18 others to be tried for disorderly conduct arrests protesting NYPD “Stop and Frisk."
Press Conference 8:45 am; Trial 9:30 am
Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, 100 Centre Street, on street and in trial Room 506
The arrests stem from an October 21, 2011 non-violent civil disobedience protest of “stop and frisk” policy at the
NYPD 28th Precinct in Harlem. 

Defendants include Dr. Cornel West, Princeton University Professor of African Studies;  Carl Dix, Co-Founder of the Revolutionary Communist Party;  Randy Credico, social comedian and former director of the William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice; Rev. Stephen Phelps, Senior Minister of The Riverside Church; Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem; Prof. Jim Vrettos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Debra Sweet, Director, World Can’t Wait; Nellie Hester Bailey of Occupy Harlem and activists from Occupy Wall Street.

In 2011, the NYPD stopped almost 700,000 people, or more than 1,900 people each day. More than 85 percent of those stopped and frisked are Black or Latino, and more than 90 percent of them were doing nothing wrong when the police stopped them.  “Stop and Frisk” is the first step in a pipeline that has ultimately placed 2.4 million in prison.
“Stop & Frisk,” a policy heavily promoted by Ray Kelly and Michael Bloomberg, is also being challenged in court by the NYCLU and Center for Constitutional Rights.

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