Interview with Deb Van Poolen – KSKQ 89.5 FM

This morning on KSKQ 89.5 FM we interview Deb Van Poolen, an activist and “artistic witness” about her experiences.  In March 2014, Van Poolen attended the trial of Cecily McMillian, an Occupy Wall Street demonstrator who was found guilty this week of second-degree assault following a months-long trial from a 2012 altercation she had with the New York Police Department. Cecily McMillan faces up to seven years in prison as a result of the conviction.  She is currently being held without bail, her sentencing is May 19.

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Cecily McMillan was arrested in March 2012 during Occupy anniversary celebrations near Zuccotti Park. According to police, McMillan had elbowed an officer in the face. She says she struck out instinctively after her breast was grabbed from behind by an officer, then suffered a seizure as officers pinned her down. .  McMillan was hauled off in an ambulance, and eventually charged with a felony for injuring the arresting officer, Grantley Bovell of NYPD.

While in the courtroom Van Poolen sketched McMillan, her attorneys Martin Stolar and Rebecca Heinegg, Judge Zweibel and potential jurors.

Deb Van Poolen will be speaking on Sunday, May 11th, 6:00 PM at the Grass Shack Hawaiian Café in Phoenix, Oregon.

Deb Van Poolen making art

Deb’s Artistic Witness projects focus on human and environmental rights violations that go unreported or misrepresented in mainstream media.  Some of the topics she’ll cover:

  • Courtroom Artist at the Court Martial of Private Chelsea Manning
  • Indefinite detention at Guantanamo
  • Occupation of Palestine

Sponsors include: Citizens for Peace & Justice, Peace House, WILPF, Rogue Valley Veterans for Peace & Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice.