This event is co-sponsored by Woman's Caucus for Art!
Smart Phones and Dumb Laws:
Will Your Cell Phone Make You A Criminal?
The Rising Wave of Repression Against Documenting Dissent and Police Misconduct
Friday, February 18, 2011 at 7pm
Tom Robinson Gallery
2416 W. North Ave., Chicago
As cellphone video recording becomes easier and more popular, police and prosecutors are taking increasingly repressive steps to counteract the ability of everyday people - as well as independent and citizen journalists - to document police misconduct, political protest, and newsworthy events. Are you in danger of arrest, even a felony conviction, for pulling your cellphone out in public places to record the police, acts of political protest, or newsworthy events?
Come and learn how you can take a stand for our rights — and help make law enforcement accountable. Join us for a forum with Gregory Koger, Chris Drew and their attorneys, Jed Stone and Mark Weinberg. Both Gregory and Chris have been arrested for recording public acts of political protest.
Gregory Koger was arrested and sentenced to 300 days in jail for recording a speaker making a political statement with his cellphone before a public event at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago. He is currently out of jail on appeal bond after serving nearly 2 months of his sentence and continuing the legal battle by appealing his conviction. (www.dropthecharges.net)
Chris Drew has been accused of a felony crime for using an audio-recorder while being arrested for selling art for $1 on a public street. His story was featured in the New York Times on Jan 23 (http://tinyurl.com/4m9k3rr). He faces up to 14 years in jail and is set to go to trial on in early April. See his website at art-teez.org for more information.
Sponsored by the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art, The Ad Hoc Committee for Reason, World Can't Wait - Chicago & Evanston Chapters
Endorsed by the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism