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Showing Up for BLM July 15 Arrestees (Portland)
May 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Round two folks. BLM protesters will return to court On Friday, May 19th at 9:00am after confronting extreme injustice in Maine’s court system last month. See full statement below.
“We were met with a judge that had preconceived notions of what the movement for black lives means for us as a group and as individuals. He was relying on outside information, revealed his obvious bias, and that resulted in a motion made by a lawyer for the judge to recuse himself and he immediately complied. This is unprecedented. To Judge Fritzsche we would say, the generalizations made in the courtroom showed that your understanding of the black experience is infantile & violent. Your inability to hear about our lives from our mouths is shameful.”
Show up to pack the courtroom and gather outside in solidarity with BLM activists. Turn out to normalize participation in direct action in response to state sanctioned violence and white supremacy.
–Show up at 8:45 to 205 Newbury Street, Portland Maine to begin packing the courtroom or to show support from the sidewalk.
–Note: the court proceedings will likely go into the afternoon, so arrive as you’re able too.
-Wear your Black Lives Matter shirts or all black.
-To respect the arrestees, we will not tolerate disruptive behavior as we gather outside. We are here to show public support for the Black femmes, Black Lives Matter movement, and civil disobedience.
– A statement will be made to the press. Please otherwise do not engage.
-Bring your signs for Black Lives Matter, yourselves, and unwavering support!
-If you can’t get to Portland, gather in front of your local courthouse from 9:00 am to 10:30 am the morning of May 19th with signs in support for the Portland Black Lives Matter arrestees.
– If you can’t gather in front of a courthouse, or you won’t be in Maine that day, take a picture of with a sign of support for the Portland ME Black Lives Matter arrestees and put it on social media and/or email it to media outlets Thursday night (May 18) or Friday morning (May 19). Ask your friends to do the same. Help them understand why their support matters to all activists in Maine.
Statements regarding the Black Lives Matter Protest from July 15th: