Tomorrow, 5/22/08: Court support for Suffolk peace activists

May 21, 2008 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

Press Release from Suffolk Peace Network:

Suffolk Peace Network
Peace Activists Court Appearance

The two peace activists arrested at the March 29
demonstration at Smith Haven Mall will be arraigned on
Thursday, May 22 at Cohalan Court Complex in Central
Islip. [At the red, brick building, which is District Court.] Members of Long Island peace groups including
the Suffolk Peace Network, South Country Peace Group,
Women in Black, Code Pink, Pax Christi, PeaceSmiths, Long Island
Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and Veterans for
Peace will be present to show solidarity and support.

The day’s events will begin at 7:30 AM with a
demonstration in the parking lot of the Court. We will
be in the courtroom for the first arraignment,
scheduled for 8:30 AM. At its conclusion, we will
return to the parking lot until the start of the
afternoon arraignment, scheduled to begin at 2:00 PM.

Our purpose is to put the Iraq War on trial — The war
is wrong, The war is criminal … Not the peace
activists. Additionally, we challenge the Mall’s right
to limit freedom of speech.

Susan McKeon Steinmann, a member of South Country
Peace Group, who was arrested for reading the names of
American soldiers killed in Iraq at the center of the
Mall, said, “This war needs to be brought to a speedy
end. It damages our reputation in the world, erodes
our moral fiber, kills innocent people and bankrupts
our economy. We must speak out. We must resist going
along when we know the path is a wrong one.”

She continued, “It is ironic that mall personnel told
me they wanted to create a ‘pleasant shopping
environment’ for their customers. It is immoral that I
was arrested for reading the names of the dead.
Calling attention to the human cost of this war is of
a higher moral order than maintaining a pleasant
shopping environment. As an American citizen, and as a
person who truly believes in the sanctity of human
life, I chose to speak out.”

WHAT: Demonstration in Support of Arrested Peace
Activists

WHEN: Thursday May 22, 2008, 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

WHERE: Cohalan Court Complex [Red Brick building, District Court] , Carleton Avenue,
Central Islip NY 11722 (across from the LI Ducks baseball stadium).

*GREAT VISUALS, 4000 DEAD T-SHIRTS, SIGNS, PEACE
FLAGS, STATEMENTS BY PEACE ACTIVISTS **

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Thurs. May 22nd: Court support for Long Island peace people News: LI Peace Activits Susan McKeon: Charges dismissed in the interest of justice.

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