Freedom to Protest?
By Mumia Abu Jamal at Jun 29, 2009
As politicians rush resolutions through Congress supporting the protesters in
For, it takes only a moment's reflection to recognize that they don't give a tinker's damn about the protesters. This is about using resolutions as a weapon to further mark
As proof of political hypocrisy, one can cock an ear to hear the hiss of silence when protests erupt here in
Think back to the massive street protests against the police murder of Oscar Grant in
Did Congress support these protesters? Well, not yet.
State and local politicians, when they said anything, called for calm, an end to protests -- and some dissed the protesters as "animals."
I don't speak Farsi, but it's my guess that they don't sound too different in tone from
Why? Because that's what states always say.
Protesters here in the
Indeed, we need look no farther than the hallowed halls of Congress itself, specifically Rep. John Lewis, (D.-GA), whose head still sports the scars from the police batons that battered him in Selma, when he protested against American apartheid.
A half a century later, and protesters still get beat downs, from coast to coast, for demonstrating -- and if they don't get beat down physically, they get beaten economically, by lawyers, judges and DA's, who squeeze them -- as they pay for the right to practice the freedom to demonstrate.
The U.S. Congress, which just a few generations ago, supported the brutal, savage reign of repression over
This is politics -- pure and simple -- and about using these protests as pretexts for other, more nefarious goals.
Because of the brutish, bone-headed policies of the Bush Regime,
We have been here before -- and it didn't turn out well the last time.