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We All Cheered. (J20 Defense Fundraiser Totes & T-Shirts)

We All Cheered. (J20 Defense Fundraiser Totes & T-Shirts)

  • Binding: Tote Bag or T-Shirt
  • Released: May 12, 2017

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On January 20, 2017, when downtown Washington, DC, was crowded with massive protests against Donald Trump’s inauguration, police cordoned off an entire city block and mass arrested over two hundred people, slapping the same charge of felony riot indiscriminately on every one of them. On April 27, the prosecution filed a superseding indictment adding several more felony charges to each of these defendants: inciting to riot, rioting, conspiracy to riot, and destruction of property. About half the defendants are also charged with the same count of assault on a police officer. This is punitive charging: the intention is clearly to terrorize the defendants into taking plea deals so that these inflated charges will never come to trial. Adding additional felony charges to hundreds of defendants rounded up in a mass arrest is unprecedented in the contemporary US legal system. It marks a dramatic escalation in the repression of protest in this country. Essentially, over two hundred people swept up for being in the vicinity of a confrontational protest are being accused of breaking the same handful of windows.

Imagine if everyone in the vicinity of an Occupy or Black Lives Matter demonstration at which a little property destruction took place had been charged with eight felonies. Thousands of people would have charges now. If the prosecution is able to set this precedent for blanket intimidation and collective punishment, it will mark a significant step in the rise of tyranny. This case is of concern not only for the hundreds who face these charges but also to the tens of thousands who might face similarly indiscriminate prosecution if the prosecution is able to set this example.

These tote bags & t-shirts are a fundraiser for J20 defendants' legal defense costs. ALL proceeds from the sale of these items go directly to help the mass arrestees from the anti-Trump inaguration protests on January 20, 2017. If you would like to make a contribution directly to this cause, you can do so HERE (a general pool of funds for legal costs of all J20 defendants, distributed based on financial need).

Item details:

  • Tote: white print on a black organic lightweight cotton bag, dimensions 13.5" x 15.5". 
  • T-shirt: white print on a black 100% cotton t-shirt, union made in the USA. 

Please note: T-shirts are printed to order and will ship within a week. Because this is a fundraiser, these items are not eligible for any discounts.