Chalking is NOT a Crime! Pack the Courtroom for Marissa Brown’s Hearing hAPPY new year 2015 wishes
WHEN : Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. 2:30pm
WHERE : Circuit Court Of Cook County, Belmont & Western, 2452 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618
WHY : On Nov. 9 the Budget Showdown protest was held at Senator Dick Durbin’s office located in the Kluczynski Federal Building. Hundreds of people and many organizations showed up to protest against the threatened budget cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Among them was Marissa Brown an organizer in the Occupy Movement, an instructor of Occupy Freedom School and mother of 4. As a single mother, Marissa relies on Medicaid to insure her family.
While at the protest, Marissa was arrested by a CPD officer & charged with felony destruction of public property for allegedly chalking messages of peace & unity outside the federal building. This charge resulted in a 6 hour detainment. While detained, Marissa’s phone was confiscated making it impossible to contact her children who were unaware of the arrest for two or three hours.
UPDATE: According to the wonderful attorney who is handling this case the statute for the alleged offense Marissa was charged with is NOT a felony it is a misdemeanor. This is great news but it can still carry a sentence of up to 1 year in jail so it is still very important for allies to come out and show support.