OWS Activist Legal Working Group – Proposal for GA on December 1, 2011
As most of you already know, there was a lawsuit filed the morning of the raid to ask the Court to stop the eviction and challenge the new rules put out by Brookfield about the use of Liberty Plaza. This lawsuit is still open even though the Court decided we could not have a temporary restraining order. This lawsuit was filed on behalf of individuals. The legal team who filed the lawsuit is led by Alan Levine, a long time civil rights attorney. This legal team is now asking that we authorize them to represent OWS in litigation (Court case) going forward.
This litigation is about the raid, issues around the raid and getting us the park back. A very important focus of this litigation is addressing what’s gone on at Liberty since the raid. This means the conditions at Liberty, the barricades, consistent police harassment and the rules they are enforcing.
To be clear, this litigation is not about getting our stuff back that was taken or destroyed or police brutality. Lawyer teams are coming together to brainstorm and take legal action in connection with our stuff and the police brutality separate from the litigation in this proposal. We will be holding open forum discussions about these other issues in the coming days and weeks.
The litigation in this proposal is about our 1st amendment right to protest and the use of so called public/private space in connection with Liberty Plaza. There is never a guarantee in litigation, we may not win. But it is an opportunity for our voices to be heard in a very public way about how our rights were violated the night of the raid, how our rights continue to be violated and how the government and private corporations like Brookfield are trying to silence us. This litigation is just one of many routes we can take, and are already taking, to push our political actions into the public consciousness.
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