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Boston First Night Assange rally

Sat December 31, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Assange First Night

‘First Night Against the Wars’ is coming up.  Let’s have our next stand-out for Julian starting at 2pm on Dec 31 in Copley Sq. at the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth, in front of the Public Library.  We are expecting more activists this year as we join forces with Boston’s new coalition ‘Solidarity Action Network’. The coalition group will be gathering from noon to 5, bringing all our issues together, crushing inequality, climate collapse, endless war, nuclear Armageddon and, of course, free speech! It grew out of the Earth Day Strike a few months back.

Last year we were part of ‘First Night Against the Wars’ and reached a lot of revelers. Hopefully we can reach even more this year. Some of us did a roving rally, taking a sign through the crowd, instead of waiting for people to come to us and take an interest. Either way that suits you, we hope to have a nice contingent to bring in the new year, unless, of course, Biden gets wise and drops the charges before then, which we sincerely hope.

We are very happy that 13 people on this list emailed us that they had written to Senator Warren, asking her to take a lead on this. If you aren’t one of them, it would still be useful to submit a letter.

Like to add a few ‘talking points’ to your letter?

AssangeDefense.org Letter writing tips:

https://assangedefense.org/resources/write-a-letter-to-the-editor/

Paula’s letter talking points:

https://twitter.com/SarcasmStardust/status/1599490655591362560

Please write a few words to Senator Warren, it’s not hard – just follow the steps below:

1) Navigate to Senator Warren’s Share Your Opinion page.

2) Fill out your name, address, and select “Judiciary” as the “Topic”.

Write your message, telling her why you hope she will take on Assange’s cause.  Something like: A free press is essential to democracy. Extraditing a journalist under the Espionage Act is unconstitutional. It’s time for Congress to break its silence and make a statement to stop this extradition.

Julia and Paula met with Warren’s state director on December 19 to lay out Assange Boston’s case why Senator Warren is in the best position to spearhead the Free Assange conversation in Congress and with her constituents. The meeting went very well, and communication with Warren’s office will continue.

The Open Letter written by WikiLeaks’ 5 publishing partners sparked news outlets and others to take action to report on the Assange case and fight for his freedom. https://www.nytco.com/press/an-open-letter-from-editors-and-publishers-publishing-is-not-a-crime/

Ari Melber of MSNBC makes the case in incredible clarity in this 6-minute clip (abridged version here) though in the long version, I think he devotes too much time to how many people revile Assange.  For that reason, if you’re looking for something to share around, I would go for the abridged version.

Pressure is mounting on AG Merrick Garland to drop the charges against Assange!

Daniel Ellsberg and John Young of Cryptome have asked the DoJ to indict them too. This inspired many others to write letters to the DoJ asking that they also be indicted alongside Assange, saying “I am Sparticus”.

Newsweek’s excellent article, ‘I am Assange!’ Daniel Ellsberg, Other Allies Ask US to Prosecute Them, Too’:

https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/1603348286479425543

Here are ways to contact the DoJ:  Fill out the form at http://www.Justice.gov/contact-us, write Merrick Garland, Attorney General at the US Dept of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Wash, DC 20530-0001 or call their comment line at 202-353-1555 x1.

Simple phone script here: https://assangedefense.org/press-release/call-for-assanges-freedom/

On December 10, Human Rights Day, we had a lantern vigil near the British Consulate and gave Consul General Peter Abbot a letter. We gathered in Galaxy Park with short ‘thank you Julian’ speeches, giving ‘gifts to Julian’ thanking him for his courage and his gifts to the world:

https://twitter.com/AssangeBoston/status/1601964020755582983

Activists all over the country also held similar events.

New York City had a great line-up of speakers and it’s very much worth the time to listen to them and share the video.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtXtgxnVNwY

A really exciting event is coming up on January 20 at 2pm (here on the east coast). Belmarsh Tribunal will be hosted by Amy Goodman and speakers will include Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, Stella Assange, Steven Donziger and many others:

https://progressive.international/wire/2022-12-19-the-belmarsh-tribunal-is-coming-to-washington-d-c/en

Time is running out for Assange. A ruling from the UK High Court is expected any day which will determine whether or not the court will hear Assange’s perfected grounds of appeal.

Now more than ever is the time to speak up and show up for Assange. There is still time to right this wrong!

It feels like corporate media and individuals are beginning to wake up and see the prosecution for what it

truly is – political.

Thanks to all who have written letters, made those phone calls and shown up at our Free Assange actions!

Please continue to do so!

Wishing you all a happy and peace filled holidays!   See you at the ‘First Night Against the Wars’ Dec 31, 2pm!

Paula Iasella, AssangeBoston@gmail.com, and

Susan McLucas, 617-501-9125, SusanBMcL@gmail.com

For Boston Area Assange Defense

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Date:
Sat December 31, 2022
Time:
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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Organizer

Assange Defense Boston
Email
AssangeBoston@gmail.com

Venue

Copley Square – Library Steps
230 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02115
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