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Title: Drop the charges against Cooper TWo
START DATE: 7/11/2008
Duration: 1 Hours
Location Details:
Supporters of the B.W. Cooper Two will present a written demand calling on the Orleans Parish DA to drop all charges against public housing activists Joy Kohler and Jamie \"Bork\" Laughner. Supporters will gather in front of the building that houses the Orleans Parish DA Office on 1340 Poydras St. After holding a brief press conference supporters of the Cooper Two will go to Suite 700 to present the District Attorney with the written demand that calls on her to drop the charges against Jamie and Joy. This office is located in the CBD section of New Orleans.
Event Topic:
Event Type: Protest
Contact Name: mike howells
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 504-587-0080
Protest is not terrorism.

Jamie “Bork” Laughner and Joy Kohler are each scheduled to be tried later this month in Orleans Parish Criminal Court on trumped up felony charges of possessing a false explosive device. If convicted, they face up to five years in prison. The alleged “false explosive device” are the lockboxes that Jamie and Joy used on December 19, 2007 to attach themselves to B. W. Cooper apartment buildings scheduled to be demolished in the midst of New Orleans’ worst ever shortage of affordable housing. Both the defense and the prosecution agree that nobody was injured as a result of the protest and no explosives or other weapons were anywhere near the Cooper Two at the time of their arrest. It is also worth noting that Jamie and Joy took a vow a non-violence before occupying the vacant public housing buildings. On the other hand a police witness for the prosecution, NOPD bomb expert Todd Morrell, testified that “almost anything can be a false explosive device”. The purpose behind the prosecution of the Cooper Two is clearly to silence opposition to the ethnic and class cleansing now underway in New Orleans.

Those who wish to take a stand against political repression and ethnic cleansing in New Orleans are urged to participate in the delivery of a written request demanding that the District Attorney of Orleans Parish drop the politically motivated charges against Jamie and Joy. Joy is scheduled to be tried in Orleans Parish Criminal Court E on July 16, 2008 at 9am. Jamie is scheduled to tried in the same court at the same time the following day.

New Orleanians to Orleans DA: HANDS OFF JAMIE AND JOY.
JULY 11, 2008
1340 Poydras Street Suite 700
New Orleans CBD

New Orleans Committee Against Repression 504-587-0080

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