Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who spent nearly seven years in prison for exposing US war crimes, is behind bars once again—this time for refusing to testify before a grand jury. In doing so, she joins a long tradition of activists who have resisted grand juries targeting social movements.
Please join us for a panel discussion at Columbia Law School exploring the historical and current use of grand juries as a tool of political repression. We’ll hear from lawyers and activists who have experienced firsthand the impact of politically motivated grand juries from Standing Rock to the Puerto Rican independence movement, as well as from Manning’s supporters who will discuss the facts and implications of her case. If you’re concerned with questions of prosecutorial power, law and social justice, transgender equality, prisoner support, or social movements against racism, war, and environmental destruction—don’t miss this exciting event!
Panelists will include:
MOIRA MELTZER-COHEN, attorney for Chelsea Manning and for previous grand jury resisters
JERRY KOCH, law student and former grand jury resister
ANA LOPEZ, professor of history and former NYC Coordinator of the Campaign to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera
JANUS ROSE, Chelsea Manning support committee
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