Update: second trial of anti-war activist Nate Buckley
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is circulating the following information about the second trial of anti-war activist Nate Buckley:
Nate Buckley is an anti-war activist in Buffalo, New York, singled out for repression by Niagara Frontier Transit Authority police (NFTA) during an anti-war protest and tackled, clubbed and sprayed directly in the eyes with mace. Video here:
The protest at M&T bank was drawing attention to the $6 hundred million taxpayer-funded bailout the bank received and failed to repay while it was making substantial investments in US “defense” efforts and its top three executives received $2.1 million each. These disparities exploded into the global scene again under the banner of Occupy Wall Street.
The prosecution is using a repressive McCarthyite approach in court, raising Nate Buckley’s support for political prisoners, an interview with Russia Today news, and his political affiliations--implying he is a terror threat and criminalizing anti-war activism. Please support Nate Buckley and the anti-war and Occupy movements as he goes to a second trial.
Three things you can do:
1. Sign the petition:
and join the facebook group- http://www.facebook.com/groups/natebuckley/
2. Attend the pre-trial hearing and press conference:
Meet Nate Buckley and supporters on Friday, August 10, at 09:30 AM
Where: Buffalo City Court. 50 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY
We can defeat this wrongful arrest and send a positive message that we will continue to protest war and poverty. The District Attorney made it clear to the Buffalo News that they are going forward with a second trial. Stand up and organize to defeat political repression.
Nate Buckley needs to raise at least $5000 for transcript fees and legal expenses. Donate at: http://natebuckleydefense.wordpress.com/
This second trial will be more expensive than the first. We were so lucky to have Leigh Anderson for the first trial - an incredible trial lawyer and generous individual - but she has her own work and responsibilities to focus on now.
Thank you for your solidarity!