09 March 2017
Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states 24FEB17
I have participated in many protest, most in the metro D.C. area. All the protest I have attended have been non-violent, I will not participate in and I condemn physical and verbal violence by protesters and police. But I will not allow any local, state or our federal government restrict my right to express my opinion and my right to participate in protest. I have been arrested 4 times for non-violent civil disobedience and protesting without a permit. I was part of the successful class action lawsuit against D.C. a few years ago when over 1000 were arrested illegally during a protest in D.C. The District paid for chief ramsey's fascist police actions. The First amendment restrictions being considered in these 18 states, if passed, will result in the citizens of these states being held financially liable through court cases and fines against the government for violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Many of these proposed restrictions are disguised as public safety regulations, especially addressing protesters blocking streets and highways. The first protest I was arrested at was at the cia in McLean, VA. I went to the protest because I was outraged about U.S. policy in Central America, the training of right wing militias / contras terrorizing the people of these countries and their murdering of Nicaraguans Sergio Hernandez and Pablo Rosales and American Benjamin Linder while they were doing charity work in Nicaragua. During the protest we were trying to block the gates to the cia complex off the G.W. Parkway. Traffic became jammed on the Parkway and spread to the streets and highways around McLean and Northern Virginia leading into D.C. Traffic was backed up for hours. I am proud of being a part of that because it drew attention to America's illegal and immoral involvement with the murderous right wing death squads in Central America. If people were late to work or school because of the protest that pales in contrast to the American government's involvement in the repression, torture and murder of citizens, Americans and other foreigners in Central America and I still offer no apology. This from the +Washington Post ......