Less Wall More Street: Resisting State Oppression From the Streets to the Courts

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Date(s) - 11/13/2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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In the summer of 2012, two activists, Jen Waller and Tom Hintze, began a project to give legal trainings to activists and community groups and host conversations about state repression all around the country.

Now that they are back in NYC, join them for a panel discussion, with local community activists Lamis Deek and Jamel Mims, on current and historical repression against activists and communities of color, and hear stories of creation and resistance from across the country.

Lamis Deek is a Palestinian attorney and human rights advocate born in Nablus, Palestine and raised in New York. She specializes in defending Arab and Muslim community members, activists and organizers against governmental attack. Lamis is a long time member of Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, the Arab Muslim American Federation, and the National Lawyers Guild. She is co-founder of the US Palestinian Community Network.

Jamel Mims is an organizer with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, which is working to end the New York City Police Department’s practice of “stop and frisk.” He was arrested last October for engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience by blocking the entrance to a NYPD precinct. Mims was again arrested in November in Queens for nonviolently blocking the police precinct where Sean Bell was killed.

Jen Waller is an activist and radical legal worker from Oakland, CA who moved to New York in 2005. She helped found the Mutant Legal Collective, which does legal support work in solidarity with OWS. Jen does trainings for activists and helps to educate about histories of activism and political repression in the United States. She has also been involved with local organizing in NYC against racist policing, entrapment, and preemptive prosecution.

Tom Hintze is an activist, writer, and photographer from New York. He started working in the OWS Kitchen in Liberty Square in October. He has also been a part of the direct action working group of OWS and has helped plan numerous actions. He helped found the Mutant Legal Collective, which does legal support work in solidarity with OWS. He has written for Tidal and Occupy Theory, and publishes with Alternet and Waging Non-Violence online.

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