ANY FUNDS RAISED ABOVE AND BEYOND THE BOND AMOUNT WILL GO TOWARD FOOD AND LIVING EXPENSES WHILE DJ IS ON HOUSE ARREST, OR COSTS RELATED TO HIS CASE. THANK YOU ALL!!! WE DID IT!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!
Danny Johnson from Occupy Los Angeles was arrested in Chicago on May 15th during an immigrants' rights protest leading up to the NATO summit. He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, a felony, as well as a misdemeanor charge of obstructing justice, something both Danny and eyewitnesses refute. DJ spent 7 days in a Chicago jail before his preliminary hearing where the judge dropped the charges and released him due to a lack of probable cause. The state attorney, Anita Alvarez, has 160 days to appeal to a grand jury, and reinstate the charges after their dismissal. Under political pressure from Chicago's Mayor Emmanuel, this is exactly what they did. The prosecutor has to argue a case that lacks evidence, an absolute waste of taxpayers’ resources and a clear example of using trumped up charges to target more prolific activists. A warrant was issued for DJ’s arrest on 2 counts of aggravated assault on an officer, a felony. DJ turned himself into the Chicago sherriff's department, and has been at Cook County Jail since Monday, July 30th. He is being held in maximum security, where he is in his cell 18 hours, and out for 6. There is light depravation, waking at odd hours, and frequent lockdowns. DJ was denied bond at his initial hearing because he did not have a Chicago residence.
On August 7th, a second bond hearing occurred, and a residence was established with the court where DJ would stay upon his release. BAIL WAS SET AT $75,000, SO WE NEED TO RAISE $7500 total, to bond DJ out of Cook County. This is with the stipulation that DJ wear an electronic monitor ankle bracelet until his trial, and will be on house arrest. PLEASE HELP US RAISE THIS BOND, AND GET DJ OUT OF COOK COUNTY JAIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!
DJ was a vital participant with Occupy L.A. He then joined Occupy Walk USA in February, an outreach and activist walk to raise awareness about social and economic justice, walking from San Diego to New York. The walkers have gotten as far as Albuquerque, NM. They took a break to travel to NATO in Chicago, the National Gathering in Philadelphia, and then a 99 mile march with Guitarmy after the Occupy National Gathering, walking from Philadelphia to New York. DJ has been a high profile activist within the Occupy movement across the country, and the State Attorney's attempt to target activists with trumped up charges is indicative of a nationwide effort to suppress the movement through police harassment, brutality, and false charges.
Please help us get DJ out of Cook County Jail, and to defeat this case, by contributing to his bail fund. Every bit helps. Let’s show our solidarity for DJ and get him out of prison as soon as possible, to defeat this case, and free him to be the activist he is meant to be, speaking truth to power once again.