First off, just wanted to give a quick update about my status hearing, which happened earlier today. I met with my public defender for about fifteen minutes and told her that I wont take a deal and am taking this to trial. She met with the prosecutor and all went well–just awaiting the motion for my trial.
I have heard from several folks that they’d be interested in writing letters to the Integrity Board at Skidmore, the people who are making me come before them to justify my actions during the tree sit. The hearing is currently scheduled for next Friday, November 4th.
I think that it will be important to highlight that although I may have technically broken Skidmore’s policy, there needs to be flexibility within this policy. This action should be glorified by Skidmore, not condemned; and they need to do a better job (well, a job) at supporting civil disobedience as a way of challenging this system and affecting change. Although I definitely disagree with how this is being handled, and I know many folks also disagree, I think the letter needs to not talk too poorly on Skidmore and instead try to talk about what they should be doing with this case and how the actions I, along with Squirrel, Eli, and Junior, took should be praised. For more info, check out my previous post.
I would love to bombard the Integrity Board with letters of support, so if you have a free minute, please send something this way:
Rounds Hall – 1st floor
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866