In Pakistan, a popular way of showing support is to wear a black arm-band. I would go buy a black suit but I think I might break some Pakistan Bar Association or Johnny Cash Appreciation Society rule. So, in the meantime, just more news.
It is heartening, seriously, to see so many people, putting so much time and effort, and standing up by the side of Pakistanis. Some upcoming protests in the United States (thanks to Anil for sending word):
» Washington, D.C.: Demonstration to express opposition to General Parvez Musharraf’s declaration of a State of Emergency on November 3, 2007, his order to suspend the Constitution and his subsequent actions against judges, lawyers, activists, journalists and academics. Where: Pakistan Embassy in Washington, DC When: Sunday, November 11, 2007 from 1-3:30PM.
» NYC: As an expression of solidarity with our beleaguered colleagues at the Pakistani bar, the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers’ Association, in conjunction with other organizations, invite you to attend a public rally in front of the New York County Courthouse, 60 Centre Street on Tuesday, November 13, from 1:00-1:30 p.m.
The crude and brutal suspension of law and the legal system in Pakistan, and the repression of judges and lawyers there, require that we take a moment from our own busy schedules and demonstrate our concern.
Because the images from Pakistan show the violent repression of Pakistani lawyers wearing their customary dark suit and white shirt, we request that you appear on Tuesday in similar attire, though this is not required. What is important is a strong show of support. We hope to see you there and encourage you to distribute this as widely as you can. Thank you.
» Akron, OH: Let’s show our support. Bring yourselves (and even a sign if you wish), and come to the Courthouse. Let’s send this out to your/our list serv(s) to spread the word. It may be last minute, but it is a small sacrifice (infinitesimal) that we are making, compared to that which our fellow lawyers are in Pakistan.
See you Friday at noon in Akron — try to make it there, or anywhere a courthouse can be found!
Please check pkpolitics for international protests.
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