Late last night, a couple former Columbia household names–Reggie Gossett CC ’06 and Illyana Mendez-Penate–found themselves on the way to prison after a party for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a transgender rights advocacy group. The SRLP press release says members of the SRLP were trying to stop police officers from violently detaining a black man outside of the bar. Though the group was peaceful and “on the sidewalk,” two were still “violently arrested,” and after, the police sprayed pepper spray to disperse the group. The two are currently being represented by Dean Spade, BC ’97 and Columbia Law School lecturer.
SRLP is protesting their arraignment today at 9:30 at 100 Centre Street, but if you miss that and you want to get them out of jail, call (212) 335-9000 and ask for the early complaint bureau.
Update: Columbia Queer Alliance has just released an official statement condemning the SRLP arrests.