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RNC arrestees! The RNC legal team needs your info

If you were arrested on August 31st, the legal team needs to collect some
information from you. This info will be used in court in a few days to
determine how much the NYPD will be fined.
Call to all 8/31 arrestees: The RNC legal team needs your info!

If you were arrested on August 31st, the legal team needs to collect some
information from you. This info will be used in court in a few days to
determine how much the NYPD will be fined.

Please send the info below, even if you've already given some of it when
you left jail. And please forward this to all your friends who were
arrested! Together, we can rock the system.

Solidarity,
The People's Law Collective & the National Lawyers Guild (PLC & NLG)

Send an email to:
nycmassdefense (at) riseup.net

...with the exact subject line:
Contempt hearing info

...and give us:
First name-
Last name-
Email address-
Phone number-
Date and time of arrest-
Date and time of release-
How many hours held at Pier 57-
How released [ACD, DAT, Summons, Arraigned, Other (explain what)]-
Lawyer name (if you have one)-
Charges-
Write and call. Here's why. 06.Sep.2004 17:52

Not a medic many@takethestreets.org

It's critical that people who were arrested get in contact with the legal folks. Here's why:

1. Mayor Bloomberg and the lawyers who are defending the NYPD and the NYPD itself, as well as much of the New York media, are consistently lying about what actually happened in the streets and detention centers such as Pier 57. I do not want us to compare them to the prisons of Iraq, but the simple truth is that people who were held were denied basic things such as food, water, sleep, access to legal people and sanitary conditions. Every medic who treated the hundreds of people coming out of the Tombs will attest to this.
2. Many, if not most of the people who were held may be eligible for monetary compensation via the contempt of court fines that were levied or the class action lawsuits that will be filed. If there is no good record of you being there, that is, if you haven't contacted the legal folks, you will not be able to participate in this. I am not telling you to join in a lawsuit, that is your decision. But if you don't call or write them, you will have difficulty becoming part of the lawsuits that are coming.
3. You will be able to get in touch with other people who were in jail with you easier. One of the ways to heal from what happened in jail is to participate in fighting against allowing it to happen to other people. As one cop asserted, not in sympathy: 'What are you complaining about? This is no different than we treat (people of color) here every day.'

I would also urge people who went through the NYC jails, particularly Pier 57, to get in touch with NYC medics via their website www.takethestreets.org I am not part of this collective, but worked with them in NYC. They are attempting to get aftercare information and resources to people across the country.
Thank you. See you back in the streets.