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Announcement :: Politics
Defend Political Dissent on Boston Campuses
11 Jan 2005
Announcement of Trial Date for Cambridge and Bsoton activist, Aimee Smith

Thursday January 13, 2005 at 9 AM at Middlesex County Courthouse, 40 Thorndike Street, Cambridge. Courtroom #14.

In June 2004 Dr. Aimee Smith was targeted by MIT Police who arrested her on a public sidewalk on Memorial Drive for handing out leaflets against Boston's proposed bio-terror lab. Under public pressure, the absurd charge was dropped by MIT. Two months later, in August, she was arrested outside the MIT Student Center by the same cop who arrested her the first time when she questioned him about his earlier violation of her 1st Amendment right to free speech.

Aimee is well known in Cambridge and Boston as an activist against corporate globalization, against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, for immigrant rights, for womens' rights, and for Palestine.

On January 13, MIT Police will argue that Aimee disturbed the peace and resisted the second arrest. In a hearing last fall, the arresting officer, Joseph D'Amelio was asked by defense attorney Daniel Beck if he was aware that it is not legal to arrest someone simply because of something they say. D'Amelio appeared not to be aware of this fact. He arrested Aimee simply because she questioned him -- highly unprofessional behavior which has been backed up by false testimony from two other MIT police. The MIT administration has also stood by the arrest by refusing to withdraw the charges and by hiring the Pinkerton Company, famous for strikebreaking and spying on activist groups, to publish a whitewash of the affair. MIT, more defense and bioengineering contractor than academic institution, will thus be sending a message to other social justice activists on campus that political dissent will not be tolerated.

The earlier trial in November was postponed because the prosecution filed two MIT police reports immediately beforehand, leaving the defense no time to prepare. This kind of tactic has been seen so often in other cases involving Boston activists that it can only be described as intentional disruption and use of the courts for harassment.

The trial is expected to be completed on January 13. Please come to show your support, to show the authorities that people like Aimee who are working for social and political change in the US are not alone, and to protest blatant police intimidation aimed at silencing dissent.

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Re: Defend Political Dissent on Boston Campuses
11 Jan 2005
they don't call it the military institute of terrorism for nothing