Cecily McMillan Endorses Green candidates
Occupy Activist Cicely McMillan released a video endorsement of Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins, Lt. Governor candidate Brian Jones, and Attorney General candidate Ramon Jimenez.
Cecily McMillan is a 26-year-old Occupy activist and union organizer who was convicted in May 2014 of allegedly assaulting a police officer on March 17, 2012. She received strong support from activists in NYC and around the world during her felony trial and subsequent jail sentence.
After two years of censoring evidence and hand-selecting jurors, the prosecution was blatantly favored with overwhelming bias from Judge Ronald Zweibel. In a shocking verdict that stunned outside observers, she was found guilty despite insufficient evidence and Zweibel sentenced Cecily to 90 days in jail at Rikers Island, along with 5 years of probation. She was remanded without bail to jail on May 5 2014, despite having missed no court appointments over two years of hearings and her public insistence on refusing to plea out.
Cecily was released from jail on good behavior on July 2. She has conducted several interviews maintaining her innocence, and she has spoken out against deliberately inhumane conditions for inmates at Rikers (see Media Coverage).
In early October Ms. McMillan joined with Howie Hawkins and Ramon Jimenez at a press conference on clemency for non-violent drug offenders and the legalization of marijuana. They both spoke of the need to end the war on drugs and the mass incarceration that is, in part, a result of it.