There are two new petitions! Read them, sign them, and pass it on. It’s as easy as that. And with the total effort time clocking in at less than two minutes, it’s the simplest thing you can do to get your voice heard.

Change.org, where we have hosted the petitions, will automatically send a message to the OC DA, and the Attorney General, for each signature. Let’s flood their offices!

Petition #1

Join the “Irvine 11” in calling for the immediate dismissal of the Orange County District Attorney’s office from their case on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct. In the year-long criminal investigation, the OC DA secretly issued illegal subpoenas and obtained broad search warrants in its alleged felony investigation. In the course of this investigation, the OC DA acquired and relied upon both private and privileged information, in direct violation to the Irvine 11’s constitutional rights. Further, the OC DA acted with discriminatory intent as evidenced by internal documents labeling the case as the “UCI Muslim case” and by public statements made by District Attorney Tony Rackauckus and his chief of staff, Susan Schroeder, insinuating that the students were anti-Semitic and comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan.

>> SIGN PETITION #1 <<

To:  Tony Rackauckas (Orange County District Attorney)

On February 8th, 2010, Israeli ambassador Michael Oren spoke at UC Irvine. During his speech, 10 students individually spoke out and were arrested. An eleventh student was arrested as he attempted to leave the room along with a number of other students. All eleven students acted peacefully and did not resist arrest. No person or property was damaged in the course of the protest and Oren was able to complete his speech. The Irvine 11 have already been subjected to extensive administrative proceedings other and faced harsh repercussions.

Despite the university’s internal proceedings, the your office has subpoenaed six UCI Muslim students and compelled them to testify before a grand jury. A grand jury, with its secrecy provisions, can only exacerbate fear and division among the students at the University.

The apparent intention of the your office to file criminal charges against the Irvine 11, and possibly against other students including those subpoenaed, is excessive in extreme. Not only is the possibility of criminal charges extreme, but it also unprecedented and creates a chilling effect on student activism and student protest nationwide. Universities have the cherished tradition of being free marketplaces of ideas where students are encouraged to voice their opinions on a range of significant issues. For this reason, it is highly unjust and vindictive to criminally reprimand students for protesting in a non-violent and non-threatening manner.

As a concerned community member, I ask that you immediately remove yourself from this case, as has been recommended by the Irvine 11′s attorneys.

Sincerely,
Click Here to Sign

Petition #2 | This petition is now closed.

Join the “Irvine 11” in calling for the immediate dismissal of the Orange County District Attorney’s office from their case on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct. Ask California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, to step-in and take over the case.

>> SIGN PETITION #2 <<

To:  Kamala Harris (California Attorney General)

On February 8, 2010, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren spoke at UC Irvine. During his speech, 10 students individually stood up and expressed their dissent and then attempted to leave the room. They were all arrested and cited. An eleventh student was arrested as he left the room along with a large number of attendees. All eleven students acted peacefully and did not resist arrest. No person or property was damaged in the course of their protests, no violence ensued, and Ambassador Oren completed his speech stating at one point that he wished those who had left would have stayed. The eleven students, subsequently dubbed “Irvine 11”, underwent extensive administrative proceedings by their respective universities.

Despite the universities’ internal proceedings, the Orange County District Attorney’s office recently filed two misdemeanor charges against all 11 students – a California Penal Code 403 charge of a disturbance of a meeting and PC 182 charge of conspiracy. In the year-long criminal investigation, the OC DA secretly issued illegal subpoenas and obtained broad search warrants in its alleged felony investigation. The OC DA also impaneled a Grand Jury and compelled the testimony of witnesses. In the course of its investigation, the OC DA acquired and relied upon both private and privileged information, in direct violation to the Irvine 11’s constitutional rights. Further, the OC DA acted with discriminatory intent as evidenced by internal documents labeling the case as the “UCI Muslim case” and by public statements made by District Attorney Tony Rackauckus and his chief of staff, Susan Schroeder, insinuating that the students were anti-Semitic and comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan.

The OC DA has clearly demonstrated that it harbors a bias and conflict against the “Irvine 11” that would preclude it from exercising its discretionary functions in an evenhanded manner. Where prosecutorial impartiality is fundamental to our system of justice, the OC DA’s conflict has prejudicially tainted the investigation and current prosecution of the “Irvine 11”. This conflict cannot be remedied.

The “Irvine 11” deserve fair and evenhanded treatment. As a concerned citizen, I ask that you take over this case in place of Orange County District Attorney Rackauckas and his office.

Sincerely,
Click Here to Sign

42 Responses to “Sign the New Petitions”

  1. Devra Weber says:

    Associate Professor of History, UC Riverside

  2. Please drop the charges.

  3. Flora meyer says:

    Is time we stop the double standard that we keep between muslim student and jewish student! If this was 11 jewish student protesting a arab ambassador nothing should have been done to them Please drop the charges!

  4. sam shafik says:

    Please drop the charges.

  5. Ayah Bany-Mohammed says:

    Sentencing the 11 students to 6 months in jail for protesting is too harsh.

    • Sandra Martinez says:

      The drunk driver who killed my brother received 6 months in jail. Now the D A wants to give the Irvine 11 students 6 months in jail for using their 1st amendment rights? Where’s the justice in that??

  6. Marwan Mokhtar says:

    Turns out we don’t have equal rights?

    Drop the charges.

  7. Hello,

    Please drop charges.
    Frankly it is beyond absurd. if we stand fairness and justice then we must stand with Irvine 11.

  8. Amina Hersi says:

    Please drop these Charges! Lets not be hypocrites! Ensure their freedom of speech.

  9. franchezska zamora says:

    To file such harsh charges is beyond absurd, it is our 1st amendment right to speak out. Please drop all charges on these students.

  10. Patrick Crawford says:

    As a former District Attorney myself, I must say that these charges are totally absurd. My office was very busy protecting the public from domestic violence and serious crimes. One wonders what the DA is doing all day that gives him/her time to pursue what looks like a political agenda of sorts. Law schools are the loci of vigorous debates, for peete’s sake! They get heated as a matter of course.

  11. Israel is a criminal state. Its Zionist leadership should be tried for war crimes committed against the indigenous Palestinian population. Michael Oren is one of these criminals.

  12. Mughees Minhas says:

    Drop the charges. They are disproportionate and excessive.

  13. Emily Woods says:

    If the Westboro Baptist Church is allowed to disrupt military funerals with their hate speech, these concerned students can certainly interrupt Michael Oren as he defends Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

  14. Andrew Paul Gutierrez says:

    The double standard makes absolutely no sense. Israel is a democracy only for some — it is a rogue apartheid state that daily commits crimes against Palestinians, and routinely ignores UN resolutions against it. The students had every right to protest Oren’s cynical spin on the Gaza massacre (see the UN Goldstone Report about war crimes). The Orange County DA’s office is totally off base on this matter.

    Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

  15. Dr. James Marra says:

    I’m not an attorney and I’m likely way off base, but… It looks like Sec. 302 is basically a misdemeanor disturbing the peace offense. So, what are these folks doing? Subpoenaing emails and going door-to-door to get testimonials. Really? Apparently Irvine doesn’t have much of a case backlog. Perhaps the Irvine DA office could use some fat trimming to help with the CA budget problem. By the way, I’m not convinced that this is a clear or simple issue. The clause “…authority of law…” can be considered with respect to the First Amendment right protecting free speech. Sec. 302 strikes me as a badly written law, in this case selectively enforced, and wastefully investigated. In any event, I have been told by more than one attorney that disturbing the peace statutes are often used for “contempt of cop” episodes. Perhaps here we have a “contempt of ideology” event.

  16. Truth & Honor says:

    If this isn’t PROOF POSITIVE that Israel has infiltrated and taken over our country… WHAT IS?

    Do you think Israel would arrest their own youth for critisizing one of our GOYIM official’s during a speech?
    NOT A CHANCE!

    Who do these people think they are?

    Our presidents have been criticised since I’ve been an adult for one thing or another but we can’t criticise an Israeli in our own country now?

    Our people need to WAKE UP to this REAL THREAT facing our country, our freedom, and our rights!

    This DA should be kicked out of office, and the FBI should investigate why he feels the need to charge college kids for these ridiculous charges!

  17. Safwan Ibrahim says:

    Prosecuting the Irvine 11 for peacefully protesting a speech is going against everything this country stands for, everything it’s soldiers fought and died for, and everything we hope to preserve for our children.

  18. Carol Grayson says:

    Drop the charges…protect freedom of speech!

  19. Guler Ozgenc says:

    Michael Oren should be investigated for at least 3 things: discrimination people, putting his political agenda ahead of his duty, and disrepecting 1st amendment rights.

  20. N. Dessouky says:

    .. Arab countries are fighting for freedom of speech and asking for their countries a democracy as that found in America..and surprisingly it turned out that America need to realize democracy as well ..

  21. the petition is closed!

    • Irvine 11 says:

      Now that the Irvine 11 attended the arraignment, we’ll be updating our petitions and action items shortly! Thanks for your support and please visit us again soon.

    • they are trying to scare the next group that disagrees with a politician or polical group

  22. District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas seems to be going on a witch hunt after those who were merely exercising their constitutional right of freedom of speech. I believe he is unable to do his job in an unbiased, and objective manner, and therefore should be removed from this case.

  23. freedom of speech?? free world?? where are the principales of true democracy?

  24. Alex N. says:

    No Justice, No Peace…

  25. People who challenge skewed norms and speak against injustice should be hailed as heroes. That’s exactly what these harmless students of UCI did. Why are we prosecuting them?

  26. Daniel Giles says:

    Please drop the charges, and I’m sorry that I’m too late to sign the petitions.
    It seems like, or at least I was taught, that the US Constitution is the supreme law of the land. The first amendment guarantees freedom of speech, with exceptions (advocacy of illegal action, fighting words, obscenity, and commercial speech, none of which were used here). It seems like a counter suit is in order, for violation of the Irvine 11′s freedom of speech. Ok, to be moved out of the room is one thing, but to be arrested and charged for actions clearly protected by the first amendment is wrong, illogical, and demonstrates a clear misunderstanding or possible disregard of the constitution.

    In love,
    Daniel

  27. Sorry only now have I heard of this. These cases are not very discussed here in Europe.
    It is sad to see that some people are so obsessed looking for antisemitism in others, that they don’t even realize that they are the anti-islamic!
    Ridiculous…

  28. Lorena Vasquez says:

    Is so sad to hear such stories. Charges should get drop

  29. nermin nazim says:

    I am so disappointed at the double standards and the ethics that we all thought America was teaching the world but not adopting anymore. What a shame.

  30. Israel has massacred thousands of Palestine’s and now we are prosecuting people that stood up against this war criminal. What is wrong with this picture? What happened to “One nation under God with liberty and justice for all”? Muslims should be entitled to the same rights as the rest of Americans. The charges against these students must be drop, because our American rights are being violated. And for those of you who don’t stand up for these students remember no one will stand up for you tomorrow. “United we stand” “Divided we fail”. Peace!

  31. Tamin Mohammad says:

    6 months of jail for speaking? If it was intended to be fair, the officials should have removed the protestors from the area or something. I guarantee the students there knew punishments would be unjust. Notice how none of the muslim women protested? This is making the entire campus look bad, as well as staff, Irvine has lost a lot of respect after this for sure. Might as well keep whatever’s left of it.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Tweets that mention Sign the Petition | Stand with the Eleven -- Topsy.com - [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Donaldinho Donaldson, From A Left Wing. From A Left Wing said: Please ...
  2. Stand with the Eleven - Pashtun Community - [...] is against the DA's office to file criminal charges against the Eleven. Please sign the petition! Sign ...
  3. Irvine 11 and the Suppression of Speech: Explanation of the Charges and the Legal Stakes | Deaf Walls - [...] short piece and sign the petition supporting the students, and further actions as outlined by the website of the ...
  4. Zio-Nazi Propagating Murder and Free Speech | SHOAH - [...] for the Irvine 11 — Stand With the Eleven — has put up a petition on its website (www.irvine11.com/sign/) ...
  5. US students face jail time for disrupting Israeli official’s speech 2Mar11 - [...] for the Irvine 11 — Stand With the Eleven — has put up a petition on its website (www.irvine11.com/sign/) ...
  6. US STUDENTS FACE JAIL TIME FOR DISRUPTING ISRAELI OFFICIAL’S SPEECH | Intifada Palestine - [...] for the Irvine 11 — Stand With the Eleven — has put up a petition on its website (www.irvine11.com/sign/) ...
  7. US STUDENTS FACE JAIL TIME FOR DISRUPTING ISRAELI OFFICIAL’S SPEECH - [...] for the Irvine 11 — Stand With the Eleven — has put up a petition on its website (www.irvine11.com/sign/) ...
  8. GLOBAL McCARTHYISM « Desertpeace - [...] for the Irvine 11 — Stand With the Eleven — has put up a petition on its website (www.irvine11.com/sign/) ...
  9. Right to Education Campaign » US students face jail time for disrupting Israeli official’s speech - [...] for the Irvine 11 — Stand With the Eleven — has put up a petition on its website (www.irvine11.com/sign/) ...
  10. US students face jail time for disrupting Israeli official’s speech | Sandhaanu News Media - English - [...] for the Irvine 11 — Stand With the Eleven — has put up a petition on its website (www.irvine11.com/sign/) ...

Leave a Reply