PETITION for Students at G20:; Also: Message from Luke Rudkowski

Please sign the petition if you feel so inclined. Read this college students' account of her treatment and arrest.

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To: University of Pittsburgh

We the undersigned express our support for all students arrested and charged with misdemeanor offenses during the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh.

We believe that the right of citizens-- students, professors, families, community members, and media-- to assemble and gather peacefully in public was not only denied and violated but suppressed with unnecessary and excessive force. This violation is supported by eyewitness accounts, video, and photographic evidence.

We believe the refusal of the university and of the mayor to acknowledge these violations is hurtful and insulting to all those who suffered the injustices of the past few days.

We demand that the University of Pittsburgh administration stand fully behind violated students by refraining from pursuing Judicial Board proceedings, and pressuring the city to drop charges against all students who committed no property damage.


The Undersigned

And on a related note:

Message from Luke Rudkowski (below bolding mine)

Luke Rudkowski:
I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for helping us raise money for our legal defense fund. Every little bit helps tremendously as we take on the greatest injustice. They can beat us with batons, tear gas, arrest and use all sorts of weapons on us but out continuation to fight for humanity will never stop!

Although the fight is still not over, other WeAreChange members like Danny (nyc), Sam (Ohio) and Phil (Philly) who were also arrested and released from the detention center, will have to go to court. The legal defense funds will go towards them getting a good lawyer and making sure they are taken care of. The money left from the fines and lawyer fees for everyone, will go towards launching a lawsuit. We are not backing down from this fight and have never forgotten our promise to you that we will fight to the very end.

Lee and myself were advised by our lawyer, that the best thing we could have done is taken a plea deal that was equivalent of having a parking ticket. We decided to do so in order to pick our battles wisely and continue our efforts uninterrupted. I would rather pay a parking ticket then waste tremendous amounts of time and energy going back and fourth to Pittsburgh which is an 8hr drive. There are many important things and projects in the works in NYC and I hope everyone understands.

Thank you,
Luke Rudkowski

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