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May 6, 2008

2008.05.06: Attorneys Needed for Sean Bell CD Tomorrow

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Drug Wars,Police Abuse,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 10:12 am

From:  Arafa, Noha
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 10:12 AM
Subject: Attorneys Needed for Sean Bell CD Tomorrow

Attorneys are needed tomorrow for the slowdown and pray in.  The attorney’s responsibilities will be taking down the name and date of birth of those planning on getting arrested, mediating between the police and protestors, keeping track of those arrested and going to the precinct on behalf of those who were arrested.  If you are interested please contact me no later than tomorrow at 1pm. I will give you more details as well as inform you on how things will be run. There are six different sites where attorneys are needed, which are listed below.


Monday, May 5, 2008 (New York, NY) –

Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, will lead a citywide “pray-in” on Wednesday, May, 7th at six locations around New York City to lead up to an eventual citywide shut down this Spring. Joining Rev. Sharpton in civil disobedience will be Nicole Paultre Bell, Joseph Guzman, Trent Benefield and other community and religious leaders to call upon the United States Department of Justice to intervene in the case.

According to Rev. Sharpton, participants in Wednesday’s “pray-ins” at six locations across the city should be prepared to go to jail to protest the acquittals of the three detectives. “If you are not going to lock up the guilty in this town, then I guess you’ll have to lock up the innocent,” says Rev. Sharpton. Rev. Sharpton said protesters at each location would get down on their knees in prayer. He said he hopes the acts of civil disobedience will continue until an eventual citywide day to shutdown NYC later this Spring. Also in follow-up to several misleading reports that have compared the acts of civil disobedience around the Amadou Diallo case with the Sean Bell case: in the Diallo case, Rev. Sharpton and others engaged in 13-days of civil disobedience at One Police Plaza which led to indictments. There were no acts of civil disobedience after the acquittals. In the Sean Bell case, Rev. Sharpton organized 50,000 people to march with National Action Network down Fifth Avenue in New York City which far exceeded any protest acts conducted during the Amadou Diallo case.

The 3:00 p.m. Gathering Points for the May 7th Citywide Slowdown and Pray-Ins:

Site A: 125th and Third Avenue (led by W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of National Action Network)

Site B: Third Avenue and 60th Street (Led by National Action Network senior staff)

Site C: 34th and Park Avenue (Led by National Action Network Senior Staff)

Site D: Varick and Houston Street (Led by Hazel Dukes, NAACP and Labor leaders)

Site E: One Police Plaza (Led by Rev. Al Sharpton. Nicole Paultre Bell, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield will be at this location)

Site F: House of the Lord Church, Brooklyn, New York (Led by Rev. Herbert Daughtry)

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