Ella Baker Center Open House
Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

June 26, 2019 – 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Please join us for an office warming as we celebrate our new home with food, drink, and community!

Parking: Parking near the office is limited.

ublic Transporation: The Ella Baker Center’s new space is at the intersection of International Blvd and 34th Ave, just two blocks north of the Fruitvale BART station. Multiple AC transit lines also stop nearby.

Big Tech and the Starfish Problem: Why Antitrust Alone Won’t Save Us @ Galvanize
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a cocktail hour conversation with Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge, and Mike Swift, Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent of mLex. They’ll have a one-on-one interview about Harold’s new book, The Case for the Digital Platform Act. Then, a panel of experts from the tech industry and public interest sector will offer their responses. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served for what we expect will be a lively discussion on the “Big Tech” regulation debate.

Sponsored by Mozilla and Postmates

Building Alternatives to Police Emergency Response @ St. Columbia
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For years, the Anti Police-Terror Project (and Critical Resistance) has been the leading voice demanding that Oakland be the vanguard in creating a model for mental health responders to be the first responders for mental health issues – and this was a central component of the Cat Brooks For Oakland campaign platform. The idea seems to be resonating and Councilmember Kaplan ForOakland has called for a meeting to review a model that exists in Eugene, Oregon.

We firmly believe that Oakland is a unique city and we need a unique model. And In fact, we are already in the process of working with mental health experts and security professionals to create one, but we are encouraging all of you to attend this meeting and express your support for further investigation into the creation of a model that works for Oakland.

The meeting features a presentation from CAHOOTS, a mobile crisis intervention team integrated into the public safety system in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. Representatives will describe how the model has succeeded in reducing bad outcomes, saved money, and helped connect residents with services.

Agenda: 6pm Check-in & light refreshments
6:30 Presentation begins promptly
8pm Reception

“Save Capitalism? Why? We Can Do Better” @ first Congregational Church of Berkeley
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM & Democracy at Work present:


“Save Capitalism? Why? We Can Do Better”

Hosted by Sabrina Jacobs

Advance tickets: $15: :: T: 800-838-3006  or

Pegasus Books (3 sites): Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s

Benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Democracy at Work

Still reeling from the 2008 crash, capitalism’s next recession looms large. Inequality deepens. Politics spins out of control. The system’s leaders worry about “saving” it. A better idea: system change. Let’s focus on that.

Richard David Wolff (born April 1, 1942) is an American Marxian economist, known for his work on economic methodology, and class analysis. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale UniversityCity University of New YorkUniversity of UtahUniversity of Paris I (Sorbonne), and The Brecht Forum in New York City.

In 1988 he co-founded the journal Rethinking Marxism. In 2010, Wolff published Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It, also released as a DVD. He released three new books in 2012: Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, with David Barsamian (San Francisco: City Lights Books), Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian, with Stephen Resnick (Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London: MIT University Press), and Democracy at Work (Chicago: Haymarket Books).

Wolff hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York City (Pacifica Radio) and is featured regularly in television, print, and internet media.

The New York Times Magazine has named him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist”.[8] Wolff lives in Manhattan with his wife and frequent collaborator, Dr. Harriet Fraad, a practicing psychotherapist.

Sabrina Jacobs is host and producer of the popular A Rude Awakening, aired on KPFA, Mondays 3:30 -4 PM. She covers local breaking news as well as global events, informing listeners about the latest social injustices. Ms. Jacobs is also currently serving as staff representative/vice chair of Pacifica Radio’s National Board.


Happy 150th birthday, Emma Goldman: Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs @ Tamarack
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for snacks, refreshments, a play performance, and a conversation

“I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to beautiful, radiant things.”

On Thursday June 27th, we will gather and honor Emma Goldman, our ancestor and sister-mother in the lineage of worker struggle, anarchism and the fight for freedom of self-expression.

Her first job was sewing in a factory. She was influenced by Kropotkin and first radicalized by the state’s execution of four of the Haymarket Square activists in 1887 Chicago. She was a birth control pioneer and advocate of free love. She was imprisoned for two years for fighting war and the draft. She started her own free-spirited journal, Mother Earth. In San Francisco she lived at 569 Dolores Street with Alexander Berkman after coming to support Tom Mooney after he was framed for the Preparedness Day bombing.

“In her writing and public speaking Goldman was a gadfly. She championed free speech, birth control, women’s equality and labor unions. She said: “The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man’s right to his body, or the woman’s right to her soul.… If the production of any commodity necessitates the sacrifice of human life, society should do without that commodity, but it cannot do without that life.”

Why do people say this sex-positive anarchist proletariat remains one of the most influential people in modern American history?

Come and find out. Dramaturge Jessica Litwak will channel and embody Emma as she reacts moments of her life in a one woman play: Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs.

Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs
performed by Jessica Litwak

7:00 Snacks + drinks
7:15 The play
8:15 Discussion
Help us make a donation to our wonderful performer and cover the costs of food and refreshments by making a donation via

Jessica Litwak is a theatre artist focused specifically on theatre for social change and community engagement. She is an award-winning playwright and actress, as well as an educator, drama therapist and puppet builder. Her plays have been produced in articles and plays have been published by HowlRound, Theatre Communications Group, Applause Books, Smith and Krause, No Passport Press, and The New York Times. She is a core member of Theatre Without Borders, the founder of Artists Rise Up New York, a Fulbright Scholar and the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective, (


Oakland Sings! A Benefit for POOR Magazine & Youth Spirit Artworks @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Oakland Sings! will bring together numerous Oakland-based vocal groups in a night of singing for social change! All proceeds benefit POOR Magazine and Youth Spirit Artworks, two arts and media based non-profit organizations who are intentionally and meaningfully serving low-income, homeless, and otherwise silenced and underserved communities. Featuring WeSing Choir, RISE, Thrive Choir, MoonCandy Live House Community Choir and the Jazz Mafia Choral Syndicate! Produced by Lisa Forkish and the WeSing Choir and sponsored by First Congregational Church of Oakland.

Detention, Deportation, Incarceration and the Border @ Asian Resource Gallery
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Silicon Valley De-Bug’s Class Conscious Photographers presents images that shine a light on the impact on our communities of the incarceration of
people, whether in prisons or in immigrant detention centers, and the deportation of migrants and the border itself.

Advocating for social change is part of a long tradition of social documentary photography in the United States and Mexico, and the work of the photographers in this show contributes to this tradition today. We are activist photographers, participants in the movements for social justice.

These movements are the subject of our photographs, which have a role in helping our movements grow.

Brooke Anderson, David Bacon, Richard Bermack, Charisse Domingo,
Najib Joe Hakim, Stacy Johnson, RJ Lozada, Jean Melesaine, Abraham
Menor, Ronald Orlando and Leopoldo Peña

This exhibition is a project of Class Conscious Photographers/Silicon Valley De-Bug, curated by Greg Morozumi and East Side Arts. It is supported by the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, and cosponsored by Guild Freelancers, a unit of Pacific Media Workers Guild – CWA Local 39521, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee
Rights, and the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.

Show Runs: June 5 – August 31, 2019
Artist reception: Friday, June 28, 6-8PM

Film Screening: Tent City @ East Bay Church of Religious Science
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Ok, folks, here’s the deal: the Main stream media (MSM) is so full of lies, it’s got the masses confused!!  There’s only a few places we can get the truth.

Chelsea and Julian, were two of the most important WHISTLE BLOWERS to tell the truth about USA’s illegal, immoral WARS. That’s why our “US leadership” wants them dead. USA is the largest TERRORIST country in history, killing, wounding, and forcing immigration on millions of folks all over the world!!

To us, saving Chelsea and Julian is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! They told us the truth about the wars! And all the NEW MACARTHYISM.  is due to blaming Julian for being a puppet of Russia.  So much of all our issues stem from the honesty of Chelsea and Julian!! That’s why our govt. wants to kill them!

Please join us Fridays at our vigil/demo/music/potluck  at MacArthur and Fruitvale, and if you know other organizations around the state and the country, contact them and encourage them to organize to protect Chelsea and Julian as well!! We have some pretty good posters, but also bring your own. Thanks. gg and Orion

5G Free Forum: Wireless “small” cell radiation harms ALL cells! @ Sports Basement
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Stop close proximity antennas’ radiation on every block!
5G is slower than cheaper alternatives that don’t squander energy, privacy, security, property values.
Power point presentation and panel discussion featuring health educator Sarah Aminoff, scientist Lloyd Morgan, and former attorney Kelley Hart, followed by audience discussion.

Come learn why there’s a movement to ban 5th Generation close proximity “small” cell wireless antennas near schools, residences, etc. Oppose 5G to protect our local bird, pollinator, wildlife, and human populations. Stopping 5G wireless will NOT prevent the availability of wireless services, but will:
• Protect privacy and security,
• Reduce unsightly and hazardous industrial clutter in our neighborhoods,
• Prevent 5G’s exorbitant energy use,
• Minimize harmful health and environmental impacts from radiation,
• Make cities more resilient when disaster strikes by preserving our reliable communication network, and
• Defend local sovereignty and the public interest from Big Telecom greed. Do not fall for industry hype!

Over twenty California cities have passed measures to restrict the 5G rollout. If Big Telecom plans proceed, 5G will adversely affect privacy, safety, property values, weather prediction, etc. There are far superior alternatives, cable and fiber optic, which are more reliable, more secure, faster, and more affordable.

Don’t miss the audience discussion that follows the presentation! Bring friends to this important forum and share/forward this notice to people who need info.

About the speakers:

Lloyd Morgan is Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Health Trust, and Director, Central Brain Tumor Registry of the US. He is a retired electronic engineer who has been working on the risks of radio frequency radiation since 1991 and has published peer-reviewed studies on that topic. After helping the city of Berkeley adopt its Cell Phone Right to Know ordinance, he founded Wireless Radiation Education & Defense (WiRED) which is on the cusp of getting the city of Berkeley to adopt an ordinance restricting 5G. He is a Board Member of the International EMF (Electromagnetic Frequencies) Alliance and is also a member of the international science organizations, the Bioelectromagnetics Society, the European Bioelectromagnetics Association, and the Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium.

Sarah Aminoff taught freshman first year experience at Sonoma State University and health education at City College of SF, College for Teens, as well as being a K-12 educator. With United Educators of SF, she worked on a safer technology campaign for SF schools in collaboration with Environmental Health Trust’s educational campaigns on children’s health. She is the EMF Project Coordinator for FACTS (Families Advocating for Chemical & Toxics Safety) and is a member of the California Alliance for Safer Technology, a consortium of health and environmental advocates, physicians, nonprofit leaders, attorneys and government officials, as well as Americans for Responsible Technology. Successful campaigns include Sierra Club CA Conservation Committee voting to oppose 5G without environmental review or local control. Ms. Aminoff will add a dynamic power point presentation to the 5G discussion.

Kelley Hart is an independent consultant in the parks and recreation field, primarily helping non-profits and local governments plan transformative projects for their park systems or expand land conservation holdings. She worked for thirteen years for The Trust for Public Land, most recently as the head of its national planning team. Prior to that, she worked at UCLA School of Law as a staff attorney. Though she is not currently practicing law, she has been researching local ordinances and other solutions to stop 5G until proven safe because she is extremely concerned about the health impacts of millimeter wave radiation. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and son.

Ellen Marks (tentative), founder of the California Brain Tumor Association, helped achieve Berkeley’s ground-breaking and life-saving Cell Phone Right to Know ordinance.

Phoebe Sorgen, former Berkeley Commissioner and cofounder of WiRED, will facilitate the discussion.

FREE! Wheelchair accessible.
(Inaccessible to EMF sensitive people, regrettably. Attendees will be admonished to put cell phones on airplane mode, but there is wifi throughout the building, needed by employees.)

Event endorsed by Wireless Radiation Education & Defense (WiRED), Berkeley Citizens Action (BCA), Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee.

Puzzles for Justice @ ACCE
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Love jigsaw puzzles?
Hate white supremacy?

Join us at the ACCE office in Oakland for three hours of solving puzzles.
We’ve gotten a bunch of new puzzles donated since the last event, so we’ll be breaking some of those out for this one.

Puzzles for Justice is both a fundraiser for the Black Solidarity Fund*, and a time to relax, chat, be social with fellow racial-justice-minded folks!

For participants, we’ll have tea and snacks and a chance to have fun and put your puzzle-solving skills to work for a great cause! This is a multi-racial, anti-racist, sober, and kid-friendly space.

Solve puzzles! Get to know your fellow activists better! Invite your friends!

*The Black Solidarity Fund
Black communities have been continually dispossessed and Black organizations routinely pitted against each other in competing for limited resources. Community READY Corps has created an alternative funding mechanism, the Black Solidarity Fund, to unify and distribute micro-grants to Black organizations doing work on the ground in the Bay Area. This is the first Black-owned fund of its kind in the country!

Accessibility: This venue is fully wheelchair accessible. We ask that folks arrive sober and as reduced-scent as possible to make sure the space is safe and accessible for everyone! There are no steps to enter the building. The nearest 62 bus stop is 0.3 miles away and the nearest 1 stop is 0.2 miles away. Fruitvale Bart station is 0.8 miles away.

PLACE Climate Equity Work Day @ Place for Sustainable Living
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join PLACE for Sustainable Living, Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC), and Environmental Justice Solutions (E / J Solutions) for a Climate Equity Work Day at the PLACE Hearth Volunteers will seed and pot plants and other fun gardening activities.

OCAC and E / J Solutions are working with the City of Oakland to develop its2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP). The ECAP is our roadmap to a Just Transition and Green New Deal for Oakland, climate actions that create good green jobs, reduce pollution, and help Oaklanders thrive.

Climate Equity Work Days, best summarized by the maxim, “what the hands do, the heart learns,” are opportunities for residents to participate in hands-on resilience skills building and learn more about how to engage in planning for the future of climate action in Oakland.

Bring sturdy shoes, gloves for gardening and plenty of water. Food will be provided.

See you then!

*PLACE Action Days occur the last Saturday of every month*

Reel Stories Film Festival @ Albany Twin Theater
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’re invited to the Reel Stories June Film Festival!

July 27th location is the California Theater, 2113 Kittredge, Berkeley, CA.

Reel Stories teaches young women and non-binary youth ages 12-18 how to create a film in only 10 days.  Institute and Beginner 1 filmmakers are debuting their films June 29th. Join us for the Reel Stories Film Festival and support the next generation of filmmakers!


Reel Stories believes that when women and non-binary people are better represented behind the scenes in the media, they will be better reflected on the screen. Reel Stories is a non-profit Oakland-based organization that empowers young women and non-binary people with the skills to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field.

More info and tickets here.

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library: Topic and Discussion @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Jun 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

Sun, Jun 30, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It.
“Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It” – a two part talk including a historical overview of the events leading up to the rise of fascism in Europe leading up to WWII, and a political analysis of the failures of the communist movement at the time in preventing it. This all in light of the current rise of white supremacy and fascist movements in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and the lack of a united left movement to fight it. Supplemental handouts will be available, including a timeline. Presented by Peoples Alliance members Bill Bowers and Tova Fry (both former WWP): Bill leading with the historical overview and TovaFry following with the political analysis, largely based on Trotsky’s work of the same name. Questions and comments will follow the presentations with time limits as needed to ensure that as many people as possible can express their views or ask their questions.

Sun, Jul 14, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
General Elections in India:
Modi’s Fascism vs. Social Democrats and the Left

Modi has completed 5 years in power, with his BJP having a majority in the Indian Parliament. In 2014, Modi won on the slogan of  “Be with everyone, development for everyone” in the background of major corruption scandals in the last 5 years of the 10 years that Congress Party ruled (2004 thru 2014), with Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi as the Congress Party President.
Modi moved rapidly to consolidate power in his hands, ousting or sidelining veteran leaders in his own Party. Under his 5 years of rule, “cow protectors” have become emboldened. Several incidents of lynching of Muslims have taken place, religious bigotry is openly practiced, and assassinations of several public intellectuals, all secularists, have taken place while he mostly sat silently over such egregious violations of civil rights. Further he has tried to create a militarist posture and sought to portray himself as a strong PM, who is willing to take on the terrorists based in Pakistan aggressively. His policies of “demonetization” of 1916 created a great deal of small business distress. Unemployment is at 45 year high and farm distress and farmer suicides continue. But the mass media, now privately owned, and funded by big capital  has helped create him as a “the man of the people”.
Raj Sahai will present his views on what is beginning to boil under the surface of a seeming “all is well” scenario presented in India in the mass media and projected and globally.

June TANC Assembly @ Omni Commons
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Let’s get organized together.
The tides of gentrification threaten to wash away what remains of Oakland. The rent is too goddamn high and the Town is drowning. In the spectacle of this commodified landscape, the class resentment simmering underneath ‘economic development’ has become a powder keg. We’ve seen how France responds to a small rise in the cost of living. How Haiti responds to the destructive force of inflation. The Bay Area housing crisis weighs on us like a thousand gas taxes. If not our homes, at least the streets remain ours!

After being on the defensive for so long, it’s time to take the offensive. This means demanding real concessions from landlords and shifts in the housing market. And if these aren’t given over, we will organize them ourselves. For lower rents and tenant control of housing! Toward the abolition of rents and housing for all!

Monthly assemblies are TANC’s public meetings, open to all. If you’d like to get to know us and find out more about our organizing, this is a good opportunity!

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally. Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
(Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (
Strike Debt Bay Area :
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:
Oakland Privacy Working Group:
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
Bay Area AntiRepression:
Biblioteca Popular:
Interfaith Tent:
Port Truckers Solidarity:
Bay Area Intifada:
Transport Workers Solidarity:
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy)
Sudo Room:
Omni Collective:
First They Came for the Homeless:
Sunflower Alliance:
Bay Area Public School:

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United:
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department:

Free Dinner and a Movie Discussion Night – Oakland Greens @ It's Your Move Games
Jun 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Oakland Greens 2019 FREE Dinner and a Movie discussion series.

As usual, the doors at the It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies store will open at 6:30 p.m., a free dinner will be provided at 7 p.m., and the movie will start promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Test @ Wherever
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is a test of the repeat feature.

Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.

In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay Area ports in solidarity. Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people against police and state repression. Sisters and brothers! The Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this vital struggle.

We meet on the 1st Monday of each month
You can join our discussion list by sending a blank (doesn’t even need a subject) email to

Chelsea & Julian Banner and Light Brigade Get-Together @ I-80 Pedestrian Overpass
Jul 4 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

You can write a letter directly to Chelsea: heress her address tell her who you are and why you want to save her. Don’t be shy
 PLEASE WRITE LETTERS TO CHELSEA (only hand written and no post cards no pictures do not write any thing on the outside of the letter to

Chelsea Elizebeth Manning
William G Truedale Adult Detention Center

here is her letter she wrote to the judge

It’s an extremely well researched LETTER TO THE JUDGE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SECRET GRAND JURIES Don/t ever forget about what she said in response to her 2nd Grand Jury Trail which they imposed a 500.00 daily fine after 30 days and a $1000.00 daily fine after 60 days




An update about the events of this last week:


As you may remember, at a hearing on May 16th Judge Anthony Trenga, found Chelsea in contempt of court and imposed graduated fines to be assessed at $500 a day after 30 days and $1000 a day after 60 days, for as long as she remains incarcerated.

During that same hearing, Judge Trenga prevailed upon Ms. Manning to use her confinement as an opportunity to reflect on her principles and objections to the grand jury process. Chelsea did so, and wrote the judge a letter that you can read here:

In a motion filed on May 31, Chelsea’s attorneys argued that fines and confinement may be used one after the other, but not at the same time, and are not supposed to be used to punish disobedience with a court order, but only to coerce compliance with the court’s order to give grand jury testimony. Coercive fines however, are not usually imposed upon individuals, but rather only against corporations or their representatives.

Attorneys also noted that Judge Trenga failed to conduct a careful examination of Chelsea’s financial capacity, which is required to confirm that the fines will not be excessive or punitive. As Chelsea is no longer even able to pay rent – largely due to her confinement – her lawyers believe that imposing any fine may be presumed to be definitionally punitive, rather than coercive.

Finally, given that the government has now successfully obtained not one, but two indictments, without the benefit of or need for Chelsea’s testimony, Chelsea’s team hopes Judge Trenga will acknowledge that there is no need for her testimony and therefore no utility to her further confinement.

Thank you for donating what you can to help Chelsea fight.



The Chelsea Resists Support Committee