Just received word that the trial is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th, 2011. Thank you for your prayers and support!
This is an update to let you know that 19 people, including a WWII vet, several Vietnam combat veterans, and yours truly, will be tried on Monday, Aug. 29 before Judge Russell Canan, in D.C. Superior Court, Rm. 313. The case was continued from July 11. (See below for more info). If you are local, please stop by–your support is is very important and necessary. We continue to keep our eyes on the prize! And hold on!
With gratitude, Art Laffin
Veterans, Peace Activists to Challenge Arrests in Pro Se Trial on August 29th:
On Monday, August 29, 2011, 19 veterans, including a WWII veteran and several Vietnam combat veterans, members of the Catholic Worker community, and other long-time peace activists will have a pro se trial in DC Superior Court, stemming from arrests on the White House sidewalk on March 19, 2011, the eight anniversary of the US war in Ira. The March 19th action raised issues of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the cost of the wars to American society, and the continued detention of whistleblower Bradley Manning. One hundred thirteen persons were arrested on the White House sidewalk by US Park Police, and 19 of those will proceed to a trial on charges of Failure to Obey a Lawful Order and Unlawful Assembly-Disorderly Conduct. At 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2011, the veterans and peace activists will be available to speak with the media. They will then
proceed to a trial, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 313 of DC Superior Court.
Press Contact: Elliott Adams, President, Veterans for Peace, (518)284-2048, firstname.lastname@example.org
Press Availability at 8:00 a.m. at DC Superior Court, 500 Indiana Ave.Washington, D.C.