Bibiyan Family Philanthropic Foundation Pledges Support For Cecily McMillan #Justice4Cecily

Founder and President of the Bibiyan Family Philanthropic Foundation, Tom Bibiyan, today announced the foundations official support for the highly controversial Cecily McMillan trial.

NEW YORK, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Formerly arrested with hundreds of others in Union Square, New York City for protesting the Iraq War, Mr. Bibiyan has a long and thorough history of activism in and around the community. During the lead up to Occupy Wall Street,  Tom Bibiyan and the now well-known Bibiyan Family Philanthropic Foundation were among the first to support the protesters who were the catalyst for the entire movement – those participants who assisted in the occupation of Freedom Plaza, DC. With this recent commitment, the foundation further affirms its ties to the people who matter most – the working men and women of this country.

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"With our foundation, the steadfast support for grass roots causes such as Occupy isn't just a slogan or publicity stunt, they're very much real. Believe me, I wish we could have allocated more funds for Cecily, but as someone who's been on the ground with those fighting for a more just world, it's the least we could do. We have been – and will continue to be - committed the underprivileged and oppressed among us."

About Cecily McMillan

Cecily McMillan, a 25-year-old organizer, and has been politically active for over a decade — most notably in the Democratic Socialists for America, the anti-Scott Walker mobilization, and Occupy Wall Street. However, on March 17, 2012, Cecily's attendance at Zuccotti was a point of party, not protest. It was St. Patrick's Day and as a McMillan, she vowed for this one occasion to put down the bullhorn and pick up the beer. Cecily swung by the park to pick up a friend on her way to a nearby pub. Minutes later, she was sexually assaulted while attempting to leave Zuccotti in compliance with police evacuation orders. Seized from behind, she was forcefully grabbed by the breast and ripped backwards. Cecily startled and her arm involuntarily flew backward into the temple of her attacker, who promptly flung her to the ground, where others repeatedly kicked and beat her into a string of seizures. In a world that makes sense, Cecily's attacker would be brought to trial — but unfortunately, her attacker turned out to be a police officer. To add insult to injury, Cecily is being accused of Felony Assault of a Police Officer, a charge that carries up to seven years imprisonment. Two years later, the trauma continues as the constant string of court dates have all but reduced her life to trial and the hope for vindication. 

You can also go to  www.justice4cecily.com for more information. 

About Bibiyan Family Philanthropic Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bibiyan Family Philanthropic Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

Below please find a list of core values that are inherently significant to the foundation and its goals going forward.

Innovation; We want to reward contemporary, high tech companies that use creative and innovative means to address social problems. We intend on giving out grants, awards, and additional accolades to companies or groups that fit.

Humanity; The foundation intends on supporting the most essential of humanitarian causes and organizations. The American Red Cross, and Glasser Pediatric AIDS foundation are two such organizations BFPF remains committed to.

Spirituality; The need for spirituality in our society has never been greater. From all walks of spiritual and religious life, BFPF will continue to support causes rooted in helping the community reach its full spiritual potential. Chabad House of New York and California along with The Center for Buddhism in Los Angeles are just two such examples of organizations we pledge further commitment to.

Liberty & Democracy; To support political movements that dictate liberty, democracy, and fairness for all members of society has become a pivotal point for BFPF and will no doubt continue in the future. Democracy Now, Common Dreams, and the Occupy Movements have all been supported in the past by BFPF.

Media Contact: Tom Bibiyan, Bibiyan Family Philanthropic Foundation, 310-829-7453, info@bibiyan.org

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