Michael’s attorney, Lamis Jamal Deek, writes:
“Michael Williams: released today [October 4], two months in jail, 30 lbs thinner, because the NY DAs prosecute those protecting Muslim teens and themselves from racist attack.
“I had the great pleasure of seeing a thinner though still youthfully hopeful Michael Williams, today shortly after his release, after he served two months for his brave actions in protecting a group of Muslim Girls, and then himself, from a drunken racist. Despite the uncontroverted evidence that he was acting in self defense against the aggressor, Michael not only went to jail but must now pay restitution (upward of two-thousand dollars) or otherwise face imprisonment. He and his family have suffered great financial strain and still need your help. Please donate and forward widely.”
OLDER ENTRIES (including how to help financially)
For standing up to an anti-Muslim attack, Michael Williams is now serving a 90-day sentence at Rikers Island in New York City. Unless an appellate court grants bail pending appeal, his projected release date is October 6.
See this video news update: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/08/11/255640/us-muslim-jailed-for-selfdefense/
As previously reported, Michael’s unjust felony conviction and sentence reflects escalating state repression against social justice activists, opponents of racism and defenders of civil liberties.
To support Michael, please:
–DONATE TO MICHAEL’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
Please help fight this unjust conviction by clicking the Donate button at: https://supportmichaelwilliams.wordpress.com/
–WRITE TO MICHAEL
Michael would love to hear from you! Send letters, books and other reading material to:
Eric M. Taylor Center (EMTC)
10-10 Hazen Street
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
–CONTRIBUTE TO MICHAEL’S INMATE ACCOUNT
Items available at commissary make jail a little more bearable. To deposit funds in Michael’s inmate account, see:http://www.nyc.gov/html/doc/html/how/inmate_accounts.shtml
Visiting hours, transportation, prohibited contraband and other details are posted at: www.nyc.gov/html/doc/html/news/visit_guide_022210.pdf
Please note that Michael is limited to two visits per week. To find out whether Michael has any remaining visits for the week, please contact the NYC Department of Correction Information Line at:
718-546-1500 (open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm). Michael’s “Book and Case Number” is 3601200203.
Because of the limit on number of visits and visitors per week, we encourage you to contact Andy Pollack at firstname.lastname@example.org to help us coordinate visits.
FURTHER INFORMATION ON MICHAEL’S CASE