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US group fights ban on 'war crime' bus ads Israel
Created 08/03/2011 - 04
In December, the group paid
The ads were meant to coincide with the anniversary of a 22-day attack on
The planned ads triggered more than 2,000 calls and e-mails to
While anyone can buy ad space on public buses,
Citing those rules,
Condemning the decision as a violation of SMAC's First Amendment rights, the American Civil Liberties
SMAC vowed to not give up, and planned to take the case further in the court system. "By going to trial, the lawsuit will be more fully argued," Mast said.
Wendy Dore, spokeswoman for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, said the group welcomed the February ruling, and had hoped it would put the issue to rest.
"The whole issue really came down not so much to a freedom of speech issue, but did these ads pose a potential threat and were they potentially disrupting service," she said Monday.
March 7, 2011
Update from Matt and Maggi Support Committee
The Matt and Maggi Support Committee is excited to announce that the perjury charges against two of our favorite
While they didn’t say it outright, it’s clear that the prosecutor’s decision to drop the charges was based on their inability to intimidate our friends, the embarrassing lack of evidence, the public awareness of this politically-motivated case, and the defense lawyers who schooled them.
While the charges have been dropped, we still have approximately $2,000 in legal fees to pay. This means that we are not done. We can never recover the time or money that was spent fighting these bogus charges, but we can make alleviate their impact by making sure Matt and Maggi don’t have to stay in debt. While the situation is no longer as urgent as it used to be, we all have an obligation to make sure they aren’t left with a fat legal bill at the end of this,.
We would like to thank the countless donors who have helped us get this far including those who loaned us money for the initial costs. Your help has been invaluable and your solidarity sets a great example to others in our movement. For those (especially in our area) who haven’t donated any money yet, now is the time to do so!
We are asking that people chip in what they can to help cover this final bill. If by some miracle, we receive more money than we need, we will send back what we are able and use the rest to pay for lawyers for those who have been arrested over the past month in demonstrations against the police in
Our goal is that by April 8th, the one year anniversary of the arrest of Matt and Maggi, we will have all the money we need to dissolve the campaign and get back to our organizing work.
People can paypal donations to mattandmaggi[at]hotmail.com. If you would like to mail a check, cash, or money order, please mail them to
We prefer checks are made to Alex Bryan since we don’t need to use the joint account to cash them. If you feel more comfortable, they can be written to “
Matt and Maggi have history of community service and activism in
At her assault trial, Maggi testified that she didn’t assault the officer as did Matt, who was a witness to her arrest. The prosecution called the alleged victim and one other officer to testify. The witness called by the prosecution, who was standing next to the officer during the arrest proceedings, said he couldn’t say for sure if an assault had occurred. Maggi was acquitted of one charge of assault and convicted of the other.
After serving her time in jail, she and Matt were charged with felony perjury. The charge carries a “suggested sentence” of 6-12 months which is in the same range as crimes such as child molestation, rape, and kidnapping. At this point in time, the Matt and Maggi support committee was formed to raise the approximately $5,000 in initial legal fees that they would need. With this money, they vigorously fought the charges. Meanwhile, we ran a campaign to get people to call the
You can find out more about the case at http://mattandmaggi.tumblr.com
Donations can be sent to the
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs