The NLG and NLG-NYC Chapter are co-convenors of the International Tribunal of Conscience of Peoples in Movement (ITCPM) to take place in New York City, September 25-27, 2015. The Tribunal coincides with the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping and forced disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa.
“I went down to the demonstration to get my fair share of abuse,” sang the Rolling Stones.
They could have been singing about New York during the Republican National Convention in 2004, when police used mass arrests against anti-war protesters who thronged the streets of Manhattan. More than 1,800 protesters, bystanders and journalists, including this writer, were jailed during the late-summer convention. I was arrested while doing my job of documenting a peaceful protest with pen and camera.
“This is the First Amendment come alive,” said Wylie M. Stecklow, a Manhattan civil rights attorney working with the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee. “Nobody is in this for a fee.”