A friend writes from Philadelphia, scene of the recent anti-biotech protests (where, as we noted, a police officer died of a heart attack):
Please donate bail money!
A dozen or so protesters were arrested at the Biodevestation protests in Philadelphia this weekend. They are all still in jail, and need your help to get out. Only 3 people have been arraigned – it’s $960 for each one of them to get bailed out. There is at least 1 other person facing felonies – one from Quebec who is facing 2 counts of felony assault. Everyone else is facing misdemanors – disorderly conduct and misdemanor. Thier bails should be set over the next 12 hours, but we know we’ll need a lot of money to get them out. Every little bit helps, so please send money. You can Western Union it to Cynthia Pitt,Philadelphia. You can also paypal it to email@example.com. Or just bring it to the jail support vigil at 8th and Race Streets in Philadelphia.
>Essentially, there are interests in this city who will do anything they
>can to link biotech critics to the officer’s death, and they are trying
>to use the cases of the 5 people detained in that immediate area on
>Tuesday to do this. I’m especially concerned about the young man from
>Quebec, who is facing 2 felony charges (including alleged assault on a
>different cop with water, clearly a deadly weapon…). Three of the
>other 4 are also from out of town (mostly disorderly conduct charges).
>We may have to raise as much as $10,000 to bail everyone out this week.