Jeremy Marks Defense Committee Newsletter: Statewide Speaking Tour Announced

The Jeremy Marks Defense Committee has been hard at work organizing and participating in events to help spread the word about Jeremy’s case. Read about past and upcoming events, including the launch of a statewide speaking tour for Rochelle Pittman, Jeremy’s mother, to promote awareness about the case and build the movement for Jeremy’s defense. Let's keep up the pressure!

Jeremy and his brother at a recent fundraiser for his case.

Here's what Shanne Valdez-Johnson, a supporter from Irvine, Calif., said about Jeremy's case:

"The fact that Jeremy is being charged for videotaping a brutal arrest, in other words having evidence of how some cops take advantage of their position, is unbelievable and ridiculous. The cops should be the ones in trouble, not him!"

This is just one example of the hundreds of emails of support we have received.

Upcoming Events

Rochelle Pittman will be speaking on various campuses and community forums throughout the state in the coming weeks and months. We would like to invite everyone to attend these events and bring friends to promote the justice campaign. The first speaking engagement will be hosted by Students Fight Back at Long Beach City College on Monday, March 14, 1:00 pm, in the E Building.

On March 19, Rochelle and Jeremy will march against the wars on the people at home and abroad at a mass anti-war demonstration as part of the Anti-Police Brutality Contingent. March 19 will be the second stop on Rochelle’s speaking tour as she speaks to thousands of progressive people about Jeremy’s case. Join Rochelle and Jeremy in the Anti-Police Brutality Contingent at the March 19 demonstration against the wars. We will gather at Hollywood and Vine at 12 noon to rally before the march.

If you would like to set up a meeting at your school, church, neighborhood, home, or with your organization please contact us at 213-251-1025.

Recent Events

On Feb. 24, Jeremy had his first pre-trial hearing where the intent to file a motion to have the case dismissed was announced. Members of the Jeremy Marks Defense Committee packed the courtroom in support as activists stood outside passing out flyers and collecting dozens of signatures in support of Jeremy. The next hearing will take place on March 21, 8 a.m. 

Jeremy and his family along with organizers of the Jeremy Marks Defense Committee and community members gathered for a night of spoken word poetry to raise funds for Jeremy’s legal defense. Hundreds of people attended and the fundraiser was a huge success. Scores of signatures were gathered in support of Jeremy at the fundraiser and literature about the case was distributed.

Donate today: We need your support

All of this activity in support of Jeremy is necessary. We want to do even more, but we cannot do it without your support.

We are asking once again that make a financial contribution to the Jeremy Marks Defense Committee. Click here to make a donation to support Jeremy.

Your support is greatly appreciated and will have a direct impact on keeping Jeremy out of prison. We are currently developing a speaking tour with Rochelle Pittman, Jeremy’s mother, to raise awareness about the case and gain broad-based support.

Every dollar you donate will go directly to Jeremy's legal defense fund and to help the grassroots justice campaign. Click here to make a much needed donation.


(All donations will be directed through the ANSWER Coalition's fiscal sponsor, Progress Unity. Any donation of $50 or more is tax deductible. You can also donate by check: mail to PUF/Jeremy Marks at 137 N. Virgil Ave., #201, Los Angeles, CA 90004, or phone: call 213-251-1025.)

How you can get involved in the case

• Forward the petition to drop the charges against Jeremy to everyone you know.
• Invite Rochelle Pittman, Jeremy’s mother, to speak at your event/home.
• Volunteer to work with Jeremy’s Defense Committee.

We are dedicated to working alongside Jeremy and his family until all of the charges are dropped. With your continued participation and support, true justice will prevail!

The Jeremy Marks Defense Committee is a campaign of the ANSWER Coalition in partnership with other social justice organizations.

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