Greetings all the incredible people who supported us through the trial,
Yesterday, the jury in the trial against Beck, Gillian, Cat and me came out with a verdict of not guilty for our charge of pedestrian interference. Congratulations! We’ve beautifully, inspirationally, and super successfully supported and protected people who have taken risk to say loud and clear that Black Lives Matter. We’re hopeful that the verdict of not guilty will be strong leverage to get the city to drop the charges against the other seven solidarity activists who put their bodies on the line on MLK Day.
While we are extremely excited that we are no longer facing charges, we also know that the struggle continues. The day of our pre-trial hearing, a white man murdered 9 Black people in Charleston. Since our trial began, 6 Black churches have been burned down in the South.
In the midst of our trial one of our attorneys tried to get us off the hook by pointing out that the charge we were being charged with was really to stop begging, not protesters, legitimizing the criminalization of houseless people.
We need to celebrate our victories and we have been and continue to do so, but also recognize the immense privileges we had throughout this experience and continue to build movement to ensure that all people have access to the kind of care, legal defense, and inspiration that we had. We really hope that the action we took on MLK Day and how community has shown up in the course of the trial encourages you all and others to take bold action for justice in the future.
We’d all like to encourage you to attend the pre-trial hearings of Rashad Barber and Isaac Robinson facing more serious charges than we were and who were arrested in association with Black-led marches:
Rashad Barber – Pre-Trial Hearing. Monday, July 6th 1:30PM Seattle Municipal Court, #903.
Isaac Robinson- Pre Trial Hearing. Monday, July 6th at 9:00 AM Seattle Municipal Court, #903.
The four of us want to say THANK YOU for all the ways you’ve helped us through this process, and we’re excited to celebrate with you (info to come on that soon)…”
– Eliana, Cat, Beck, and Gillian;
Settler allies who locked themselves across Hwy 99 in Seattle in solidarity with Black Lives Matter; MLK, Jr. Day 2015.
“Survival Of The Fittest” – Mobb Deep
“Start The Revolution” – Marcel Cartier
“Affirmative Action” – Nas
“Servin Lean” – PeeWee Longway, ft A$AP Rocky
“Blunted Beats” -Triumph
“Black and Yellow” – Wiz Khalifa
“Instrumental Theme” – GTA San Andreas
“Sledgehammer” – Invincible
“The UnenLIGHTened” – SkyBlew
“I Blame College” – Jamil Suleman
“Black Lives Matter Spoken Word” – Makayla Hancock
“Poet Tree, Part 1 (Live)” – Aisha Fukushima
“Fire Squad” – Sa Roc
“A Change Is Gonna Come” – Solo
Alicia Garza (#BlackLivesMatter), Mumia Abu-Jamal (prisonradio.org), Gazi Kodzo (Black Is Black Coalition), Disability Justice And Prisons (Part 2: Former Political Prisoner Mark Cook and Hip-Hop Artist Bypolar), and a lot, lot, lot MORE!