Press Release on “People’s Tribunal”

For immediate release
28 September 2016
Contact Revolution Books Cleveland 216-932-2543

Cleveland : Flag Burner Gregory “Joey” Johnson & RNC 16 to hold theatrical People’s Tribunal and announce intent to sue for Illegal Arrests & Detention During RNC

What: Press Conference/Photo op
When: Thursday September 29, 3:30 pm
Where: Justice Center, 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland (at Lakeside Ave. entrance)

16 people including Gregory “Joey” Johnson, who burned the flag outside the Republican Convention in July and are facing prosecution, say they will be converging in Cleveland on Thursday September 29, for a “People’s Tribunal” to put the system on trial.

In a statement, the RNC 16 said that they will conduct a mock trial outside the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, putting on trial the very police agencies — including the Secret Service, the FBI, the Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, and Cleveland Prosecutor Timothy McGinty — and Alex Jones’ right wing website Infowars, who conspired to suppress Joey Johnson and the Revolution Club’s protest outside the Republican National Convention by attacking and arresting Johnson and 15 other people for burning the American flag, even though Johnson was the named defendant in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Texas v Johnson that held that burning the flag in protest is political speech protected by the First Amendment.

Joey Johnson stated, “In this ‘People’s Tribunal’ mock trial, these pig agencies will be placed in a pig pen and called up to testify one by one. They will be prosecuted using their own words and actions. If all they can do is oink, a pig Latin translator will be provided. We are putting them on trial for violating their own laws, undermining Texas v. Johnson, in order to politically suppress and repress the RNC 16 because of our righteous message, and thereby having a ‘chilling effect’ on people’s freedom to express themselves by burning the flag.”

Johnson will give the closing argument in the People’s Tribunal. Johnson said recently, “I am so proud of Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand for the national anthem. This is not merely because I respect his right to freedom of speech, though this is important. I feel this way because I absolutely hate the American flag, the national anthem, and everything they stand for. In fact, I hate these imperialist symbols of brainwash and plunder so much, I am currently facing charges, along with 15 others, for burning the American flag at both national political conventions just a few weeks ago.”

Johnson stated that he will also announce his intentions to file a civil suit against the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Police Department for damages related to unlawful arrest and assault pursuant to unlawful arrests. Johnson said that he also intends to file for injunctive relief for the “chilling affect” that the police assault, arrests and prosecution of himself and the RNC16 has had on others who may want to burn the flag in protest.

Joey Johnson is available for interviews.
Revolution Books Cleveland 216-932-2543

RNC16 Update: This Thursday, People’s Tribunal in Cleveland!

The RNC 16 are converging in Cleveland for a People’s Tribunal to indict and try the various pigs and pig agencies responsible.

Thursday, September 29, 3:30 pm

at the INJustice Center, 1200 Ontario St.,Cleveland –Lakeside entrance

facebook event

The RNC 16—the people including Joey Johnson who burned the flag at the Republican National Convention—are converging in Cleveland for a People’s Tribunal at the courthouse on Thursday, September 29, 3:30 pm (at the INJustice Center, 1200 Ontario St., Cleveland). We will indict the various pigs and pig agencies responsible; they will be subpoenaed to arrive at the court in their full pig regalia… Homeland Security pig, Secret Service pig, FBI pig, Alex Jones Infowar pig, Cleveland Police Chief pig Calvin Williams, Cleveland prosecutor pig Timothy McGinty, and others. They will be placed in a pig pen and called up to testify one by one. We will prosecute them using their own words and actions. If all they can do is oink, a pig Latin translator will be provided. Joey Johnson will give the closing arguments. The jury will listen to all the evidence and then give their verdict, at which time the pigs will squeal in horror as they watch the RNC 16 once again burn the American rag. We will then deliver the verdict to the appropriate guilty parties and announce our plans to SUE ALL OF THEM FOR THEIR ILLEGAL ACTS AGAINST THE RNC 16!

Read more about it!

Be part of this action!  What you can do:

  • Script writing and research
  • Play a character (ie- one of the pigs, prosecutors, FBI agent, Homeland Security, etc, pig translator)
  • Prop making (ie- building a pig pen)
  • Costumes (judges robe, pig hats, pig masks)
  • Videographers
  • Getting out the word through social media and more
  • Raising and donating funds to make all this happen
  • Contacting the media
  • Setting up speaking engagements

Get involved! Contact  216-932-2543





RNC Flag Burning Defendants File for Dismissal of Charges

15 September 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Revolution Club Media
646 450 4701

RNC Flag Burning Defendants File for Dismissal of Charges Their Attorneys Call “Unconstitutional” and “Unacceptable”

Protesters arrested July 20 outside the Republican convention as a flag was burned filed Wednesday to dismiss criminal misdemeanor charges on constitutional grounds. At the protest, organized by The Revolution Club, Gregory “Joey” Johnson, who fought and won the 1989 Supreme Court decision that it is legal to burn the U.S. flag, burned a flag and was arrested with 15 others.

Today their attorneys detailed the “content-based policing” they are discovering. They said, “Flag burning is protected free speech activity. The City of Cleveland had a duty to protect the rights of these protesters, including their right to burn the flag – but instead the Cleveland Police violated their constitutional rights and threw them in jail,” said Michael Nelson, president of the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP and one of the attorneys who filed motions to dismiss on behalf of the RNC protesters.

More than 40 attorneys with the NAACP and the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and other affiliated lawyers have “volunteered to defend these protesters against the criminal charges on a pro bono basis,” the group said.

Raphael Kadaris, a defendant arrested July 20 and profiled by MSNBC, is available for interviews.

Drop the Charges Against Notorious Flag Burner Joey Johnson and the RNC16!

Cleveland Cops Accused of Lying About Flag-Burning Protesters Catching Fire

The defendants, collectively known as the RNC16, released this statement:

On July 20, 2016, the theme inside the Republican National Convention was “Make America #1 Again.” Outside, with the whole world watching, Gregory “Joey” Johnson and members of the Revolution Club and other protestors gathered to burn the American flag. Johnson said “America First? It’s always BEEN first: at genocide, at slavery, exploitation, destruction of the environment, torture, coup d’états, invasions … we’re standing here with the people of the world today.”

Joey had to cut short what he was saying over the bullhorn because the police were already assaulting us, trying to force their way into our circle of protest to stop an act of constitutionally protected speech – the Supreme Court decision upholding this even bears his name!

The police assaulted us! Everyone can see this on the videos that are widely available. Yet besides all the people scooped up and charged with misdemeanors, there are also two Revolution Club members who were charged with felonies for allegedly assaulting the police AFTER the police assaulted a peaceful protest. The prosecutor took it to a grand jury and increased the felony charges – while in Cleveland, the cop who murdered Tamir Rice was not even indicted.

Joey and another defendant are charged with assaulting a member of the media when they supposedly got burned by the flag. These fake ass reporters were Alex Jones’ Infowars operatives who actually brag on video about assaulting Joey and doing everything they could to stop the flag burning as unAmerican! The fact that these charges have not been dismissed shows this is a vindictive and politically motivated prosecution.

We uphold the right to burn the flag. We also want to stress that it was absolutely RIGHT to burn the flag. The fascist Trump says “Make America Great Again.” Clinton says it’s already great. We were out there to cut through the BS and get out the truth by burning the American flag – America has NEVER been great!

For days during the RNC, the Revolution Club was in the streets of Cleveland hammering home this point: Was America great when it carried out genocide of Native Americans? Was America great when it kidnapped and enslaved Africans? Was America great during a century of Jim Crow segregation and lynch-mob terror? Is it great right NOW when its police are terrorizing, brutalizing and gunning down Black and Brown people and the murderers never go to jail?! Is America great right NOW as the flag flies over hundreds of ICE detention facilities housing thousands of immigrants? Our message was unmistakable – the flag is the brand for a global network of exploitation and wealth extraction and a military armada, CIA black sites and mass graves from My Lai to Fallujah.

Gregory “Joey” Johnson and the Revolution Club are fighting for a radically different future.We are a disciplined force with a clear message that we took to the streets of Cleveland “America Was Never Great. We Need to Overthrow this System.”

IT was RIGHT to burn that filthy rag.

We demand the charges be dropped immediately against all the protestors arrested that day at the RNC.

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Members of the Revolution Club & RNC 16 September 15 2016

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Thursday, Sept 1: Join the Committee to Drop the Charges against Joey Johnson and the RNC16

Revolution Books just received this invitation to be part of a new committee forming to support Joey Johnson and the RNC16. Join us this Thursday! facebook event

Thursday, September 1st at 7 pm
Room 135 in the Main Classroom Building
Cleveland State University

It is part of the African American Cultural Center on the Chester side of the building, off E. 22nd

We are calling on people in Northeast Ohio to join the fight to Drop the Charges against Joey Johnson and RNC 16. Burning the American flag was righteous and necessary to counter the Make American Great Again fascist mantra coming from the RNC.

These defendants must be supported, and the authorities must not be allowed to get away with circumventing, distorting, punishing, and criminalizing this defining act of protest. Pre-trials have begun and are continuing for the defendants who are coming in from all over the country. An aggressive legal defense is being mounted. There is lots of work to be done. You are needed NOW to be part of waging and winning this battle.

At the meeting on Thursday, we will discuss the importance of this case and why it’s urgent to build a defense committee to take up various tasks to fight for the demand that all charges be dropped. Your participation is valued, please come and bring others who are interested.

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