1/18/13

Aaron Swartz Memorial at Cooper Union

Friends and family of Aaron Swartz are organizing a memorial service tomorrow, Saturday, January 19, from 4:00 to 6 PM in the Great Hall at Cooper Union (Foundation Building) at 7 East 7th Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues) in Manhattan's East Village.

Members of progressive activist organization Demand Progress have broadcast the invitation.

You can RSVP here.

The memorial gathering will be a tribute to Aaron's extraordinary life, as well as a show of support for his legacy and the vital reforms he advocated.  Some of those reforms may not only have prevented his tragic suicide, but saved many other lives as well.

Demand Progress called Aaron's death, beyond being a personal tragedy, the product of prosecutorial overreach.  When he died, Aaron was the subject of a federal criminal prosecution that could have put him in jail for 35 years and subjected him to $1 million in fines -- for a victimless crime.

Seeking to insure that what happened to Aaron never happens again, Demand Progress is drafting new legislation called "Aaron's Law", which it hopes to see introduced in the U.S. Congress.

For more on Aaron’s life and untimely death, see the New York Times article here and Prof. Larry Lessig’s tribute here.

Coverage of the memorial from New York Magazine.

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