Wednesday, June 11 — 7 p.m.
J. Tony Serra: his life,
work & convictions!
Book release celebration & reading–
wine & roses will abound!
J. Tony Serra will present his new “chromatic, metaphoric autobiography” Tony Serra: The Green, Yellow and Purple Years in the Life of a Radical Lawyer (Grizzly Peak Press, 2014). Written while in Federal prison for tax resistance, Tony goes into his defense of Black Panthers, S.L.A., New World Liberation Front, Nuestra Familia, Earth First, Hells Angels, Mafia and Native Americans, and his thoroughgoing anti-establishment ideology. We suspect that Tony is one sincere & committed cat, and a wonderful raconteur to boot. Our kinda guy!
He may also delve a bit into Walking the Circle: Prison Chronicles as well as the Paulette Frankl’s Lust for Justice: The Radical Life & Law of Tony Serra.
For decades, Serra has been a champion of individuals prosecuted by the American legal system for speaking, acting and living in ways that the State and its enforcers deem dangerous to the public good– and to the continuation of the State.
Serra recently took on the defense of Raymond Chow, arrested in the corruption case that has been built against Leland Yee. On taking the case, Serra met the press to say, “The government created the crime, the government financed the crime, and the government ensnared my client. We will put the government on rightfully on trial.”
Time & again in his career, Tony Serra has turned the spotlight on the prosecution and its witnesses to reveal the motives and methods of a system that looks out for its own interests first, while giving lip service to and taking cover behind its claim to be serving the interests of the people.
Time & again in his life, Tony Serra has turned his back without a thought on self-interest but never, it seems, on his principles which seem the air he breathes.
In his foreward to Lust for Justice, attorney Gerry Spence says of Serra, “He doesn’t respect those who aren’t deserving of respect and isn’t hesitant to say so. He will fight an often evil, broken, judicial system like a mongoose fights snakes. He will defy the IRS on moral grounds and go to prison. He looks for a fight as if his breathing will stop without one.”
We look forward to spending an evening with Tony, and hope you’ll join us.
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