Ep. 88: #J20 and the Future of Dissent (W/ Chip Gibbons & Sam Menefee-Libbey)
This week Adam and Casey are joined by Chip Gibbons, journalist and Policy and Legislative Counsel at Defending Rights and Dissent, as well as Sam Menefee-Libbey, a member of DC Legal Posse, to discuss the mass arrest and mass prosecution that followed the anti-fascist protest that occurred during Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017.
One of your esteemed co-hosts, Adam, was among those arrested on January 20 2017. While it was a difficult year, at one point being pursued by charges of 8 felonies, the government dropped the charges against 127 people (including Adam) on January 18, 2018. However, 59 people are still being prosecuted for exercising their first amendment rights to protest facing a maximum of 60 years in prison in the event of a conviction.
The case has numerous ramifications for a society where freedoms seem to be continuously circumscribed and curtailed. We encourage you to go to www.defendj20resistance.org to learn more about the case, find ways of showing solidarity locally and nationally, and--if you're able--donating to support their legal defense.