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 indymedia.org. For more information about the School of the Americas go to soaw.org.