Occupy DC Arrested: Take Action [Video]
By Eric Lotke
January 30, 2012 - 12:44pm ET
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I'm a middle-aged, middle-class PTA dad who participates in Occupy DC because I want a better country for our kids.
On Sunday, the National Park Service brutally tased a peaceful, young Occupy DC demonstrator. This was a prelude to their threatened crackdown of Occupy DC today at noon.
Watch the video here (warning: it's graphic). And please join me in petitioning the National Park Service to leave Occupy DC alone.
Then pass this to others—because the media will be at Occupy DC today, and the more signers we have, the more they can report that the public's on our side. Sign here.
Until now, Occupy DC has been protected from eviction because the National Park Service—not the DC police—have jurisdiction over us. The National Park Service said publicly, "We don’t have any issues with these folks" and "The core of their First Amendment activity is that they occupy the site."
But last week, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa politicized the Park Service—holding hearings where he pressured them to crack down on Occupy DC under the pretext of enforcing camping regulations. The Park Service quickly buckled.
We need to create our own pressure. Click here to tell the National Park Service that First Amendment rights trump camping rules.
Then, pass this to others so we can show the media a public outpouring.
Occupy DC in McPherson Square (15th and K Streets NW) is fighting the good fight in our nation's capital -- protesting the Koch brothers, both political parties, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (last night) for being part of a broken political system that is hurting our democracy. What happens today is key to our survival. Please stand with us in solidarity.
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