Protest is not terrorism.
DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST THE B.W. COOPER TWO
Jamie “Bork” Laughner and Joy Kohler are each scheduled to be tried later this month in Orleans Parish Criminal Court on trumped up felony charges of possessing a false explosive device. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison. The alleged “false explosive device” are the lockboxes that Jamie and Joy used on December 19, 2007 to attach themselves to B. W. Cooper apartment buildings scheduled to be demolished in the midst of New Orleans’ worst ever shortage of affordable housing.
The facts of the case contradict the prosecution’s allegation that Jamie and Joy were using the lockboxes as false explosive devices. Jamie and Joy pledged themselves to engage in only non-violent resistance in the defense of public housing. Both the prosecution and the defense agree that no one was injured as a result of the December 19th protest They also agree that no weapons were found at the scene of the Cooper Two. On the other hand, NOPD bomb expert Todd Morrell, one of the arresting officers, did testify that as far as he is concerned “almost anything can be a false explosive device”.
It is clear that the main objective behind the D.A.’s prosecution of the Cooper Two is to silence those who are fighting for the right of return for all. Don’t help let this happen.
Those who wish to take a stand against political repression and ethnic cleansing in New Orleans are urged to attend the upcoming trials.
MAKE THE RIGHT OF RETURN A REALITY FOR ALL!
Next Court Hearing:
9:30am Monday(Sept. 29, 2008)
Orleans Parish Criminal Court E
Orleans Parish Criminal Court Building on Tulane & Broad.
Supporting groups include MayDay Nola and C3/Hands Off Iberville.
C3/Iberville meets 7pm Thursday at St. Jude’s Church( 400 Basin St .)