FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2010
Contact: Darren Wolfe
Outraged Citizens To Protest Unjust Arrest In Allentown, PA
Reacting to the May 11, 2010 arrest of Fully Informed Jury
Association activist George Donnelly, the newly formed “Friends of George Donnelly” will rally at the federal courthouse in Allentown at 11:15 AM on June 4, 2010.
Allentown, PA – May 27, 2010 – “March, Rally and Demonstration:
Photography and Pamphleting Are NOT Crimes” will occur at the
Allentown Federal Courthouse, 5th and Hamilton Streets, on Friday,
June 4, 2010, at 11:15am. The purpose of the peaceful
demonstration is for the public to show their support for George
Donnelly, Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) activist, who has
been wrongly charged with assaulting a US Marshal on May 11, 2010.
The arrest came after Donnelly, Juilan Heicklen and James Babb were
distributing juror information as outreach for the Fully Informed
Jury Association (www.fija.org).
Donnelly was videotaping their pamphleting efforts, which, according
to US Law is permissible under Department of Homeland Security policy, which requires officers to approach, identify themselves, and
interview photographers on federal property to determine if there is criminal
behavior. Absent criminal behavior, “the photography should be
permitted to proceed unimpeded.” In assaulting Donnelly the agents
clearly violated their own guidelines.
Agents never asked Donnelly to stop taping, he was only
physically attacked by them. His property was
stolen, he was forced to the ground, then taken inside, where he was
later charged. He was transferred to the Philadelphia Detention Center
where he spent two nights in a solitary cell.
He was released and charged with assaulting a
US Marshal and remains under house arrest pending further action by
Mr. Babb, who is organizing the event, issued the following statement, “The
US Marshals met three peaceful, law abiding activists with a
dozen steroid-pumped, heavily armed bullies. The only reasonable
response is to return with at least dozens of peace lovers. We want
to match their aggression with love, times 100!”
Schedule of events:
10:00 AM: Gather at plaza at 7th and Hamilton Streets ( http://tinyurl.com/397dcko ). Wave signs and pamphlet.
10:45 AM: March through Allentown with signs, banners and pamphlets.
We will head west on Hamilton to 10th Street, cross the street and
then head east to the Federal Courthouse at 5th and Hamilton.
11:15 AM we will arrive at the Federal Court House (504 W Hamilton St.) and engage in a peaceful demonstration, distribute pamphlets, and photograph and videotape the event.