Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Activists from Free Franklin occupation will stand trial next week

Trial starts Monday, July 9th at 9:30 am - supporters will gather outside starting at 8:30 am
DC Superior Court: 500 Indiana Ave NW Washington, DC

On November 19, 2011, a group of DC community members going by the name "Free Franklin" entered and occupied the former Franklin Shelter building at 13th and K St NW. Protesting the lack of homeless shelters in DC and the city government's ongoing attempts to dispose of publicly owned property, the occupation was intended to put public resources to use to meet community needs.

Six of those arrested at the occupation are facing charges of unlawful entry. The Franklin building belongs to the people of DC and the Free Franklin defendants, who carried out the occupation to re-open the building for its rightful owners, should be found not guilty! Join us in the courtroom to support the defendants and to send a message that DC communities want control of our public property to meet people's needs, like addressing the crisis of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in our city.

And take action by going to the link at the top and calling Mayor Gray and the City Council to demand that Franklin be re-opened to serve the community's needs.

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