Tmw (and now tmw is today) i go to court for standing in the park after dark.
Yep somehow the US of A thought they could restrict peaceful free speech, assembly and press to only take place during the hours of 5 am to 11 pm.
Paul Revere – just wait for the morning would ya?
so much for “shall not abridge” and so much for arbitrary ordinances weighing in more than Constitutional amendments.
below are some specs about the rally, court, and press conference tmw at the City Court Building in Rochester NY where 28 out of the 48 arrested for standing peacefully in Washington Square Park will stand before the court of justice.
Note that prior the Occupy movement – many folks strolled across this pedestrian park on their way to their cars after a performance at the Geva Theatre let out – AFTER 11 pm and these folks were never rounded up and kept in handcuffs for hours. Note that some folks have slept in this park as they were homeless and others as part of a demonstration against homelessness and they never got arrested. Note that when Occupy Rochester took to the park the chief of police and a ton of officers showed up, closing off the bridge and pulling out the handcuffs and paddy wagons.
So while i stood there – I asked myself “is this land made for you and me?”
and I asked myself “should I stay or should i go now?”
and ill be honest folks – i did wonder and i did worry. I did stroll on over towards the safety sidewalks but then courage came a calling me and found me and asked me a simple question – and she said? “where do you want to stand – on the side of justice or injustice?”
and with that i found courage in my convictions.
And bingo – hardihood (resolute courage and fortitude) found me. (yes i just learned this word and i love it. hardiHOOD – its handy.
Of course my convictions were bolstered when i saw the innocent college Reporter magazine photographer get arrested while standing on the sidewalk and when i looked over on the grass and saw a college professor firmly planted and i learned a young veteran had just been hauled off and i saw folks from all walks of life STANDING and i saw the folks who were standing by tall and firm and encouraging us who could so that we would.
and so i did.
i confess – i stood for the Constitution of the United States and for our flag and what it stands for. Im glad love came and found me and overcame my fear of the unknown and the “what ifs…” cuz as MLK Jr said that aint no way to live – once we have a death of the spirit so we can live a bit longer we are just as good as dead on the day we refused to stand for that which is just, right and good
So i’m hoping the good Judge Johnson will see all the wisdom and truth the pro bono lawyers put together for us – they shine mighty fine singing the praise for our 1st and 14th amendment and for noting the importance of the just good and right agreement between Mayor Richards on behalf of the city of Rochester and the Occupy Rochester folks so they can huddle in the cold tents making a statement with their fortitude and convictions (ahhh hardihood) and… im hoping ill continue to stand. I do have moments of saying crud – someone said 10-15 days in the clink for this, no blue skies for more than a week, no hugs and kisses and walks in the woods. That is so not cool. BUT i remember to have faith in justice – that justice does and can work. We just need to believe… and stand
And look – i aint the only hoper – Thomas Jefferson was one too:
“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dared already to challenge our government to a trail by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
clearly the 1 % should not be running the joint cuz when they do, our civil liberties get the boot and the cops that r getting cut wages and jobs should not be ordered to do the corporations’ dirty work.
And im blessed to live in Rochester cuz its a nice ole place of notable lawbreakers for social justice – Susan B. Anthony and a slew of her female friends voted before it was legal here and were arrested and sent to court. Frederick Douglass published his North Star paper here and gave his kick butt speech in Highland park chastising this country for its abysmal hypocrisy – celebrating the fourth of july Independence day while his brethren and sisters were still in bondage, and the underground railroad ran through Rochester ferreting fretted men and women all the way up to Canada to FREEDOM, and many more – less known but no less important folks gave speeches and held rallies in Washington Square Park and other public spaces
We all gotta know that our fundamental rights should not have a curfew or be quarantined. When free speech, assembly, and press is arbitrarily restricted, enforced, arrested, and suppressed – we gotta start worrying folks.
Since Sacramento has dropped its charges against occupy folks cutting the curfew and since Occupy Rochester Washington Square Park is 24/7 and since Constitutional amendments should supersede local ordinances and since truth and love always prevail – im putting my hardihood up and hoping for a bright day tmw.
At least the troops are coming home! Change is in the air, folks. Every STAND matters.
In the Shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?
Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back,
This land was made for you and me.”
~ Woody Guthrie
and yep – i know i done used these lyrics before but geez they r just so champ they are worth repeating
We reiterate our demands that the Rochester District Attorney’s Office drop all charges.