Friday, June 5, 2020

D.C. Protest. June 5, 2020




Update: Important to note that this is a UDC Law-organized event and while we hope many friends will join us, we do not anticipate such a large crowd at the US Capitol that it will be difficult for individuals to maintain appropriate safe distancing as necessitated by the pandemic.

Dear Alumni and Friends,

The UDC Student Bar Association and UDC Black Law Students Association have asked me to share this invitation to join their peaceful and legal protest march this Saturday, June 6.

Meet up them at the SW corner of Pennsylvania and 3rd in NW Washington, DC at 1 pm. From there, we will proceed to the White House.

All are asked to wear masks - and to wear UDC T-shirts if you have them.

Also please note, Saturday is supposed to be rainy but hot so please come prepared to stay hydrated.

Please see the students' letter, protest rights and COVID-19 warning below.

You can donate in support of their ongoing efforts at www.law.udc.edu/donations.

Thank you,

Joe Libertelli


Dear Alumni,

The SBA would like to invite and encourage you to march with us this Saturday, June 6, 2020, from 1-5 pm.

We will meet near the United States Capitol (SW corner of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW & 3rd Street, SW) at 1 pm. From there, we will walk to the White House. We will hear speeches from UDC Law Dean Renée Hutchins, Alumna Amber Ivey, '17 and others. We will create awareness about the ongoing injustices surrounding our city and our nation. We wish for this protest to be an educational moment. We will provide “Know Your Rights” handouts to the crowd, as well as other important information about police reform and other actions that must take place for social justice to become a reality in our city and in our nation. Help ensure the collective power of our voices is heard by joining us!

This march will be a peaceful protest. As law students and members of the legal academic arena, we will carry ourselves with poise and elegance from start to finish. In this moment, we represent something bigger than our individual selves. Let us honor the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters, by channeling our justified rage into a united and solemn model of nonviolent organizing.

Because our nation is still in the middle of a pandemic, we urge all participants to take caution and stay informed about the current guidance regarding going out in public spaces. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for up to date information on how you can stay safe. At minimum, we ask that you please wear a mask at all times while you are with us.

We hope to see all of you on Saturday, and encourage you to show your UDC Pride by wearing UDC paraphernalia to the march. If you would like to know how you can assist or for any general questions, please contact SBA@udc.edu.


UDC Law Student Bar Association & Black Law Students Association

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHILE PROTESTING

Right to Free Speech…

- You have a first amendment right to peacefully assemble and petition the government.
- You can engage in free speech activity in any public forum (sidewalks, parks, etc.).
- You have the right to hand out flyers on public sidewalks so long as you are not blocking private entrances to buildings.

If Stopped by Police…

- Remain calm.
- Do not run.
- Explain that you are expressing your 1st amendment right to free speech.
- Ask if you are free to leave.

If Under Arrest…

- Do not resist.
- Explain that you first, wish to invoke your right to counsel and second, that you wish to remain silent.
- Do not speak to police or sign any documents without the presence of a lawyer.

Right to Consent Being Searched…

- You have the right to refuse consent to a search of your personal belongings.
- Police can pat you down if they suspect you have a weapon or if you have been arrested.
- You do not have to consent to any further searches.

Right to Photograph & Record…

- You have the right to photograph anything in plain view in a public space.
- You have the right to take note of an officer’s badge number, patrol car information, or police unit if you feel your rights have been violated.
- Police cannot legally demand to see your photos or videos without a warrant.

Right to an Adequate Time to Disperse…

- Police may give a dispersal order if there is a clear and present danger.
- Officers must give a reasonable time and unobstructed path.
- This order must be clear and detailed, including how much time individuals have to disperse, and an explanation of the consequences for failure to disperse.

REPORT ANY COMPLAINTS OF VIOLATION OF RIGHTS TO THE POLICE AGENCY’S INTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION OR CIVILIAN COMPLAINT BOARD.

DC LEGAL ASSISTANCE HOTLINE FOR PROTESTERS:
(202) 888-1731

This material is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney for advice pursuant to any particular issue or problem.


COVID-19 WARNING

TAKING PRECAUTIONS WHILE PROTESTING

The UDC Law Student Bar Association and Black Law Students Association understands the importance of taking measures to protect the health of individuals who engage in protesting.

This Saturday, we ask that attendees:
·    WEAR MASKS
·    BRING HAND SANITIZER OR ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES
·    DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19




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