To the Irvine 11: You Are Not Alone!

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality”
~ Dante Alighieri

Irvine 11 Update and Action!

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA ~ On September 23, 2011, ten students, commonly dubbed the "Irvine 11," were found guilty on two misdemeanor counts: conspiracy to disrupt a meeting and disruption of a meeting. The eleventh student, who was arrested as he was leaving the lecture hall with dozens of other protesters, had his charges dismissed earlier upon completion of community service hours.
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On October 19, 2011, Irvine 11 defense attorneys filed notices of appeal to contest the students' convictions.

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"These students protested for no more than a few minutes in a manner consistent with the norms of student protest at universities. They did not engage in violent conduct or express hate speech. Their prosecution was selective and discriminatory and we are hopeful that the court will overturn their convictions on appeal," stated defense attorney Dan Stormer.

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The students were sentenced to fines, 56 hours of community service, and 3 years of informal probation (reduced to one year if completed by January of 2012). They will be completing some of their community service hours alongside supporters in an upcoming Solidarity Service Day.

Note, Stand with the Eleven is a campaign of community activists, alumni and interfaith leaders who are outraged at the Orange County DA's charges against the Irvine 11, who are dedicated to raising awareness about this case in order to redress this grave injustice.

Take Action Today! Place a phone call or email to one of the following persons to find out how to support the Irvine 11:

Kifah Shah, Stand with the Eleven Campaign
(760) 902-2490,

Dan Stormer or Reem Salahi, Hadsell Stormer Keeny Richardson & Renick, LLP
(626) 585-9600,

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One thought on “To the Irvine 11: You Are Not Alone!”

  1. I do not stand with the disrutpive students.

    The students were wrong to prevent a speaker invited to the campus from speaking and being heard. And the Muslim Student Union acted inappropriately in coordinating this and in misrepresenting its involvement to University officials.

    The discipline for their misconduct was handled by the university and that may have been a sufficient punishment. There may have been no need for criminal prosecution. If the D.A. was wrong, that does not make the students actions something I can support.

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