Trial has been set for three people fighting charges from an Indigenous Peoples’ Day protest in Flagstaff, AZ last year. The demonstrators are resisting this political attack which has included a high level of surveillance.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to paying for legal costs associated with the trial.
Read more about the issue here: https://progressive.org/magazine/under-surveillance-cohen-191001/
Trial Postponed for Flagstaff Indigenous Peoples’ Day Demonstrators
Flagstaff, AZ — Trial has been postponed for three social and environmental justice advocates who are facing charges stemming from a 2018 Indigenous Peoples’ Day demonstration. Alejandra Becerra, Klee Benally, and Sumayyah Dawud, also known as the “Indigenous Peoples’ Day 3,” (IDP3) are fighting what they denounce as a political attack.
On December 17th, 2019 attorney Lee Phillips filed a Motion and Memorandum of Law raising Selective Enforcement and Vindictive Prosecution as an issue for defense. No response was given by the State until the day of a scheduled Case Management Conference on January 7th, 2020, at which the prosecutor objected to the defense and urged the judge to deny it. The judge presiding stated she needed more time to review all motions.
The trial date has been pushed back and January 16th, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. will now be an Evidentiary Hearing on the Selective Enforcement/Vindictive Prosecution motion. The trial is expected to be held in late February.
People are still welcome to show up to support the IPD3 on January 16th at 8:00am at the Flagstaff Municipal Court.
Spread the word! #indigenouspeoplesdayFlagstaff #supportIPD3
- James Kennedy
- Karen McLane
- Roland Herrmann