Pittsburgh, PA: Solidarity Needed on Multiple Fronts for Arrestees

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On April 13th 2016, our friends Shea and Maxx were arrested for protesting then-candidate Trump outside a campaign rally at the David L Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Both were charged with felony aggravated assault, felony riot, and resisting arrest. Last week they were sentenced to 3 to 12 months in Allegheny County Jail, in addition to a year of probation, community service, and prosecution costs.

Maxx and Shea need your help! Prisoners at ACJ must pay out of pocket for decent food and other basic needs that people on the outside take for granted. In addition to this commissary money funds will be needed to cover prosecution costs and probation fees.

Please donate if you can! Even small amounts are much appreciated. We are also requesting folks to spread the word on social media, and in real life as well. Tell all your friends!

Noise Demo Arrests

On March 18th, prisoners at Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania began a 24 hour sit-in. Eighty prisoners took part in the action to demand more case workers, better medical services, and a legitimate grievance procedure, among other things. On the evening of March 20th, a noise demo was held in support of the striking prisoners. While the demo was successful in entertaining and encouraging those confined within, the cops turned up at the end and arrested eleven comrades. Our friends are being charged with multiple felonies each and are facing exorbitant legal fees. Please donate to this fund to help out with the high costs that follow arrest. Solidarity is everything and with help from everyone, we can continue to keep fighting!

Preliminary hearings for the 11 have been continued until April 28 at 8AM at the Pittsburgh Municipal Courthouse. Supporters are urged to show up, but please dress appropriately and follow the courthouse rules. Currently all the defendants have lawyers retained through the prelims, but more funds will be needed for those whose cases go further.

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