Two weeks ago we sent an action alert about the unfair targeting of activists in New York City. The response was tremendous. Hundreds of people made calls last week and successfully pressured the DA’s office to take the unusual step of inviting Kate Barnhart and her lawyer to a 40-minute meeting.
One can hardly find a more caring, morally upright, and socially responsible person than Kate–someone who has devoted her life to working with homeless LGBT youth and at the same time takes care of her elderly father with Alzheimer’s.
Both Kate and her lawyer thought the meeting went well, so it was an unpleasant surprise that the DA is still refusing to drop the case and officially re-filed the charges against Kate. The DA decided not to go through the process of re-arresting Kate or having Kate turn herself in, but simply to calling Kate to return to court to re-open the case on Sept 15.
This gives us time to organize in support of Kate Barnhart.
Healthcare-NOW! is asking for you to three things right now to raise awareness about this unfair targeting of a health activist.
1) Call the DA and tell them to drop the charges against Kate Barnhart – (212) 335-9400.
2) Mark your calendars to join Kate at a demonstration outside of the NYC Courthouse on September 15. More details coming.
We have to organize loudly against the unfair treatment of Kate. These kind of actions from the DA set very bad precedent for activists fighting for justice in the future.