Released Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: “There’s No Sense in Prison”

Released from Rikers prison after serving 58 days, Occupy activist Cecily McMillan discusses prisons, policing and why she’ll keep protesting By Sarah Jaffe, Truthout | Interview – Cecily McMillan would rather not be famous. Not for the dubious honor of receiving the most serious sentence among thousands of Occupy Wall Street activists arrested over the course of the movement. McMillan was released from Riker’s Island after 58 days. She’d been sentenced to 90 days for felony second-degree assault for elbowing a police officer, Grantley Bovell, who was attempting to arrest her as Zuccotti Park was cleared on March 17, 2012, but got out early on July 2 for good behavior. She still faces five years of probation and a life with a felony record if her appeal, which is still going forward, is unsuccessful. At trial, McMillan argued that she accidentally struck the officer after he grabbed her breast,...

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Cecily McMillan sentenced to three months in jail

by DRo – The Guardian: Occupy activist Cecily McMillan sentenced to three months in jail – McMillan to also serve five years’ probation for deliberately elbowing a New York police officer at a protest in 2012 Cecily McMillan, who had been facing a maximum sentence of seven years, was told on Monday morning by Judge RonaldZweibel that she “must take responsibility for her conduct”.”A civilised society must not allow an assault to be committed under the guise of civil disobedience,” said Zweibel at Manhattan criminal court. However, he added: “The court finds that a lengthy sentence would not serve the interests of justice in this case.” McMillan, 25, received a three-month jail sentence to be followed by community service and five years of probation. Her lawyers expect her to serve two-thirds of the sentence. She will also receive credit for the two weeks she has been remanded at Rikers Island...

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Pussy Riot Comes To The USA To Demand JUSTICE FOR CECILY

by MBD – In breaking news, members of the punk band “Pussy Riot” have made their way from Russia to the United States, to visit Cecily McMillan, 25, an American Political Prisoner. Ironically enough, there was widespread support for the jailed members of the punk band, when a brief musical set at a church resulted in serious time behind bars. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina spent nearly two years behind bars in Russia after their group performed a “punk prayer” song attacking President Vladimir Putin in an Orthodox cathedral located in Moscow. The imprisonment was viewed by many Americans as politically and religiously motivated. Yet now that Occupy Wall Street protestor Cecily McMillan is facing 7 years for barely bumping a New York City police officer who groped her, there has been comparatively little support from the general public in the U.S. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina met McMillan at Riker’s Island...

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Cecily McMillan: The Latest Butterfly on the Wheel

“Who Breaks a Butterfly Upon a Wheel?” By Joe Macare, Truthout | Op-Ed – This was the question posed by William Rees-Mogg, editor of the London Times, on July 1, 1967, in the headline of an editorial denouncing the sentencing of Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to three and 12 months in prison, respectively, on drug-related charges. Four years before Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs,” and over a decade before Ronald Reagan’s administration kicked the American drug war and racist mass incarceration into overdrive, Rees-Mogg had already correctly observed the power imbalance and excessive force involved in caging human beings for months or years on end for nonviolent drug offenses. Yet even the most ardent Rolling Stones fan – should they be able to acknowledge how power and privilege operate – would surely have to concede that Jagger and Richards were, already in ’67,...

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Outrage and Protests Follow Guilty Verdict for OWS Activist

‘This has become something bigger than Cecily McMillan. It’s about protests and dissent.’ Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams – People across the United States responded with outrage after Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan was found guilty Monday afternoon of “assaulting” the very police officer who she says sexually assaulted her. Over 100 people rallied in New York City’s Zuccotti Park Monday night and, according to advocates, messages of support immediately began pouring in from across the country. “I know Cecily would be in gratitude for how much people care,” Stan Williams of support group Justice for Cecily told Common Dreams. “But this has become something bigger than Cecily. It’s about protests and dissent.” McMillan’s supporters on Monday filled a New York court room with cries of “Shame!” when the 25-year-old organizer was handed a guilty verdict and then promptly handcuffed and taken away to Rikers Island, where...

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