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Boston: Free Assange rally and postcard-writing party

March 16 @ 11:00 am 12:30 pm EDT

Our next rally for Julian Assange will be Saturday, March 16 at 11am at Park St Station on the Boston Common. We’re hosting an H.Res.934 postcard-writing party directly after the rally at 12:30 at the Black Seed Restaurant.

We continue advocating for publisher, Julian Assange who is being persecuted and prosecuted in the UK at the behest of the US – simply for publishing truthful documents that embarrassed and exposed US government wrongdoing. This ongoing legal and human rights travesty threatens our First Amendment and undermines our judicial system and moral authority on the world stage.

Thanks to everyone who attended our rally on February 20 – the first day of Assange’s hearing. Channel 7 came and put it on their 4:00 news. We are waiting for a link to their report! A thread on our February 20 action at the State House.

There will be a second postcard-writing party directly after the rally at the Black Seed. The cards already have the message printed on the back asking reps to sign on to H. Res. 934 which calls for the extradition and prosecution of Assange to be dropped, so signers just add their signature, address and a short “Free Assange”! message.

On February 20 and 21, his last extradition hearing, two UK High Court judges heard the Assange defense’s arguments. It seems inconceivable that the UK will extradite Assange to the country that plotted to kill him. Assange was too ill to attend his own hearing, and couldn’t even watch remotely – this is very concerning.

Assange’s final UK court hearing, as the 2020 extradition hearing, had major technical issues. The audio was so poor in both the court and overflow rooms that journalists found it nearly impossible to hear the proceedings to report on them.

Good news was that the defense was able to, for the first-time, put on court record the WikiLeaks’ publications (showing evidence of war crimes that were in the publics’ interest), cover the evidence of the CIA plot to kill Assange, and make the case that this prosecution is a threat to press freedom if Assange is extradited.

It was also reported that the hearing was conducted more like a court of law rather than a ‘show trial.’ The UK High Court judges asked questions respectfully and appeared to be listening to the defense’s arguments. We are cautiously hopeful that Assange’s appeal will be granted.
Jacobin article on the UK two-day hearing.

Informative video with discussion by lawyers, journalists (who reported on the two-day hearing) and one activist who were inside or outside the Royal Courts of Justice.

On February 26, there was an important congressional briefing on Capitol Hill with an international panel of experts on the Assange case presenting to and answering questions from the reps’ staffers.

Assange’s brother, Gabriel Shipton, was invited by Kentucky Rep Thomas Massie to attend the recent State of the Union Address.

We encourage people to continue writing and calling our reps to get Julian Assange free. Contact House representatives and ask them to sign on to H.Res.934 which calls for the Biden administration to drop the extradition and prosecution of Mr. Assange. House switchboard: 202-224-3121.

Write: Your rep’s name, at US House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515, or email: WhiteHouse.gov/contact.
Info on HRes934: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/118/hres934/text

Please join us at Park St Station on March 16 11:00am to continue speaking out for Julian Assange and our First Amendment!
(We may have an update on the status of Assange’s appeal.)

Boston Common – Park St

Park St Station
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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