We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

HR 347 'Trespass Bill' Criminalizes Protest [revised comments]

Click here to access article by Jeanine Molloff from Huffington Post.

The author provides the details contained in this bill that is awaiting Obama's signature.
H. R. 347 makes protest of any type potentially a federal offense with anywhere from a year to 10 years in federal prison, providing it occurs in the presence of elites brandishing Secret Service protection, or during an officially defined 'National Special Security Event' ....
The ruling One Percent is obviously very frightened of the 99 Percent: they continue to enact police state laws to control and punish dissent. This latest bill adds to a growing list including the Patriot Acts and the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that is creating the framework for a police state.
In this age of ever increasing police militarization and shrinking civil liberties both here at home and worldwide; the U.S. government under President Obama has morphed into a third Bush term. No longer content to stonewall the public with empty slogans issuing from 'empty suits' -- the political class has degraded to writing obviously illegitimate 'laws' in a desperate attempt to crush any dissent.
To provide cover for their construction of a police state, the media of the One Percent like to run articles like this puff piece entitled, "Liberal Democrats will not abandon the cause of human rights and liberty".