WGAE Resolution of Support for Inauguration Arrestees and Political Protesters

Writers Guild of America, East Resolution of Support for Inauguration Arrestees and Political Protesters

The Writers Guild of America, East’s Council adopted the following resolution:

WHEREAS, attacks on free speech and the right to protest strike at the very heart of what it means to be a writer, and

WHEREAS when thousands of citizens convened to exercise their first amendment rights to protest what they saw as the official beginning of the normalization of white supremacy and bigotry represented by Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency, they were met with the mass arrest of over 200 people, including journalists, medics, and bystanders, and

WHEREAS 190 of those arrested, including our own WGAE brother, journalist Dylan Petrohilos, are now facing outrageously inappropriate and draconian multiple felony charges and up to 61 years of prison time for exercising their first amendment rights, and such reprisals constitute a dangerous chilling effect on the working of a free press, the right to speak out, and all forms of free expression…

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Writers Guild of America, East stands in solidarity with those arrested at the protests at the Presidential Inauguration and calls for the dismissal of charges and/or a reduction of the charges against them to reasonable levels.

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November 13, 2017