Build a Puppet, Go to Jail

Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 12:14:04 -0800
From: Jim Warren
Subject: an announcement of proud parents! [NOT humorous]

Doesn't it make you proud to be an American, knowing that our government's "School of the Americas" has provided funding and military training for some of the most vicious military officers and police in Latin America's police states?

And make ya even more proud that our own police -- in the City of Brotherly Love, where our Liberty Bell is proudly tauted to tourists -- will arrest people for merely building large paper-mache' puppets and protest signs *intended* for political demonstrations ... even when the police confiscate and/or destroy them before they're ever used? And then hold them on bails of up to $500,000?

Here's a SILLY idea: "[Government] shall make no law ... abridging... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances"!

(The Constitution may be perfect, but it's a helluva lot better than what they're using nowadays!)


	Bill Seekins and Diane Paget
		         Are Pleased to Announce
				the Arrest
			of Their Daughter, Laurel Rose
			  on Monday, July 31, 2000
			in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
	          Protesting The School of the Americas.

		Laurel was the first protester to be arrested
		as part of a series of protests at the 2000
		Republican Convention.  She was released on her
		own recognizance the evening of her arrest. And
		will be going to court on September 16th.

		Later arrestees were not so fortunate and over 300
		people are still being held in Phildalphia jails
		with bails ranging from $10,000 to $500,000.  Some
	       for the crime of building giant puppets and protest
               signs, which were destroyed by the police before
               they were used.

		For more information about the Phildelphia protests
		or next week's protests at the Democratic National
		Convention in Los Angeles visit the Independent Media
		Center's web site at  For more information
		about the School of the Americas go to