Over 2,600 Activists Arrested
in the US Since 2009
By BILL QUIGLEY
The United States is moving inexorably toward war
in the Middle East, and it is moving in this direction
with the same iron-like determination that it moved toward
war with Iraq eight years ago. In addition, as it finesses
the Muslim world under the sights of its gun barrels,
it is utilizing the same depraved cunning and pernicious
subterfuge that it used to maneuver Iraq into its crosshairs
almost a decade ago
As one observes the developing situation, one begins
to realize that there is NOTHING the Muslim world can
do to escape what the U.S. has planned for it; no amount
of squirming, no amount of writhing, no amount of shifting
and turning can deliver the Muslim world from what the
U.S. intends to do to it.
Moreover, anyone who in any way dissents from the
cruel policies of the American New World Order System
now stand in great jeopardy of being locked up – and this
is true of those who dissent against America's policies
at home as well as America's policies abroad.
The list is endless of those who are being affected
- whether members of black activist groups protesting
the living conditions of poor blacks throughout the country,
peace activists protesting the murderous foreign policy
of the United States, economic activists protesting against
the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank, etc.; all
these activists are sitting in (or have sat in) jail not
so much because they engaged in criminal activities as
such, but because they proved to be too much of a political
nuisance to the elites.
To be sure, most are imprisoned under color of the
criminal code; but for the most part, the criminal charges
against them are nothing more than trumped up lies - charges
that have no real bearing as to why they are actually
This phenomenon - the growing penchant of the elites
to lock up their opponents behind prison doors - while
a relatively new phenomenon insofar as the American homeland
is concerned, is one that the American elites have been
using against their opponents throughout the American
Imperial System for many years now - a proclivity that
has resulted in the creation of an offshore archipelago
of torture and imprisonment. [Please see our article,
of John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Represents"
for an insight as to how this system has been working
in the slave-states of the American New World Order System;
please also see "The
Death Squads: Bringing in the Kingdom of God through Terror,
Torture and Death."]
What follows is partial
list of people who have been arrested in the so-called
"homeland" since the beginning of 2009; the list was compiled
by Bill Quigley; Quigley is a professor of law at Loyola
University New Orleans and Associate Legal Director at
the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Oh, that Christians possessed the same kind of courage
that those listed below have – the
courage to stand up and protest the alliance that the
church has made with the American New World Order System.
Since the beginning of 2009, there have been over two thousand
six hundred arrests of activists protesting in the US. Research
shows over 670 people have been arrested in protests inside
the US already in 2011, over 1290 were arrested in 2010, and
665 arrested in 2009. These figures
certainly underestimate the number actually arrested as arrests
in US protests are rarely covered by the mainstream media outlets
which focus so intently on arrests of protestors in other countries.
[Please see our article, "Are
US Presidents Afraid of the CIA" – an article which
explains why Obama, despite his liberal proclivities, is afraid
to reign in America's police-state apparatus.]
Arrests at protest have been increasing each year since 2009.
Those arrested include people protesting US wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq, Guantanamo, strip mining, home foreclosures, nuclear
weapons, immigration policies, police brutality, mistreatment
of hotel workers, budget cutbacks, Blackwater, the mistreatment
of Bradley Manning, and right wing efforts to cut back collective
Information on these arrests has been taken primarily from
the newsletter The Nuclear Resister, which has been publishing
reports of anti-nuclear resistance arrests since 1980, and anti-war
actions since 1990.
In the list below I give the date of the protest arrest and
a brief summary of the reason for the protest; also I provide
the name of the organization that sponsored the protest.
Again, this is only a partial list of those who have been arrested
in protests across the country.
January 1, 2011. Nine women, ages 40 to 91, who brought
solar panels to the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor were
arrested for blocking the driveway at Entergy Corporation.
Shut It Down.
January 5, 2011 and February 2, 2011. Five arrests were
made of peace activists protesting at Vandenberg Air Force
base, including a veteran of WWII. Vandenberg Witness.
January 11, 2011. Ten people protesting against the continued
human rights violation of Guantanamo prison trying to deliver
a letter to a federal judge were arrested at the federal
building in Chicago, Illinois.
January 15, 2011. Twelve people protesting against Trident
nuclear weapons at the Kitsap-Bangor naval base outside
of Seattle, Washington were arrested – six on state charges
of blocking the highway and six others on federal charges
of trespass for crossing onto the base. Ground Zero Center
for Nonviolent Action.
January 17, 2011. Marking the anniversary of Martin Luther
King Jr.'s birthday, people protested outside the Lockheed
Martin Valley Forge Pennsylvania office where eight people
were arrested. Brandywine Peace Community.
March 19, 2011. One hundred thirteen people protesting
the eighth anniversary of the war in Iraq, lead by Veterans
for Peace, were arrested at White House. Veterans for Peace.
March 28, 2011. Seven people defending a family against
eviction and protesting home foreclosures were arrested
in Rochester, NY, including a 70 year old neighbor in her
pajamas. Take Back the Land.
April 11, 2011. Forty one people, including the Mayor
and many of the members of the District of Columbia city
council, protesting Congressional action limiting how the
District of Columbia could spend its own money were arrested
in Washington DC.
April 15, 2011. Eight teenage girl students, some as young
as fourteen, were arrested after they refused to leave their
public school Catherine Ferguson Academy, which is specially
designated for pregnant and mothering teens in Detroit.
Also with the young women were children and teachers. The
school is targeted for closure due to budget cutbacks.
January 18, 2010. Seven people commemorating Martin Luther
King's birthday wore sandwich board messages saying "Make
War No More," "It's about Justice," and "its About Peace,"
outside of Lockheed Martin's main entrance in Merion Pennsylvania
until they were arrested. Brandywine Peace Community.
January 31, 2010. Eight people were arrested trying to
protest at Vandenberg Air Force base in California, one
of those arrested, an octogenarian, was brought to the hospital
for injuries suffered in the arrest. A few days later,
seven protestors were arrested at the same spot. A month
later, four more protestors were arrested. Vandenberg Witness.
April 2, 2010. Eleven people on a Good Friday walk for
peace and justice were arrested outside the USS Intrepid
in New York city after they began reading the names of 250
Iraqi, American and Afghan war dead. Pax Christi New York.
April 7, 2010. Three people, including a 12 year old girl,
were arrested inside a US Senators office in Des Moines,
Iowa with a banner "No More $$$ For War." The mother of
the 12 year old girl was called into the police station
and issued a citation the next day for contributing to the
delinquency of a minor. Voices for Creative Nonviolence
and Des Moines Catholic Worker.
May 3, 2010. Twenty two people protesting nuclear weapons
were arrested at Grand Central Station in New York city
after unfurling banners saying "Nuclear Weapons = Terrorism,"
and "Talk Less, Disarm More." War Resisters League.
June 8, 2010. Six peace advocates were arraigned in federal
court in Des Moines, Iowa for numerous actions protesting
in US Senators offices for the previous several months.
One activist, a grandmother and hog farmer, held weekly
die-ins in Senators' offices and was arrested frequently.
Once, when police asked her to leave, she replied that she
was dead and couldn't leave. Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
July 5, 2010. Thirty six people protesting for a nuclear
free future were arrested at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex
in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – thirteen of federal trespass charges
and twenty-three on state charges for blocking a highway.
Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.
August 15, 2010. A twenty two year old female student
at Michigan State University who pitched an apple pie at
a US Senator during an anti-war protest was arrested and
charged with federal felony charges of forcible assault
on a federal officer. Another anti-war activist was also
arrested and charged with the same crime.
September 27, 2010. One hundred fourteen people protesting
mountaintop removal coal mining were arrested at the White
House after a conference of people from West Virginia, Virginia,
Kentucky and Tennessee. Prior to this protest, forty-nine
activists in the Climate Ground Zero Campaign have served
jail time for taking action against strip-mining in Appalachia.
Climate Ground Zero.
November 21, 2010. Three people were arrested on federal
charges and twenty-four more on state charges at the School
of Americas/WHINSEC protest in Columbus Georgia outside
the gates of Fort Benning. Six others were arrested at
a protest against a private prison housing immigrants in
rural Georgia. School of Americas Watch. ACLU Immigrant
December 16, 2010. One hundred thirty one protestors,
including numerous veterans, gathered in the snow outside
the White House challenging the war in Afghanistan, the
cover-up of war crimes and the prosecution of Bradley Manning
and Wikileaks were arrested for failing to clear the sidewalk.
In a parallel New York City protest, several others were
also arrested. Veterans for Peace.
January 2009, seventeen people, clad in black mourning
clothes and white masks, were arrested in the US Senate
Building for reading the names of the dead in ongoing US
wars and unfurling banners stating "The Audacity of War
Crimes," "Iraq," "Afghanistan," "Palestine," and "We Will
Not Be Silent."
January 26, 2009, six human rights advocates were sentenced
to two to six months of federal prison or home arrest in
federal court in Columbus Georgia for challenging training
of Latin American human rights abusers at the US Army School
of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) by walking onto Fort Benning.
School of Americas Watch.
January 2009, a former Army specialist who refused to graduate
with his Airborne Division because he realized he could
not kill anybody was arrested and jailed at Fort Bragg,
North Carolina. The former soldier had been ordered home
in May 2002 to await discharge papers. Courage to Resist.
March 1, 2009, six anti-nuclear activists protesting the
55th anniversary of the US nuclear bomb detonation at Bikini
Atoll were arrested at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Kitsap,
Washington after they knelt in the roadway. Ground Zero
Community and Pacific Life Community.
March 4, 2009, nine people seeking to present a letter
to CEO of Alliant Technologies outlining how weapons manufacturers
were prosecuted as war criminals at the end of WWII were
arrested in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Alliant Action.
March 18, 2009, seven women, ranging in ages from 65 to
89, some in wheelchairs and walkers, were arrested protesting
the war in Iraq after wrapping yellow crime scene tape around
a military recruiting center and blocking the entrance for
an hour in New York City. Grannie Peace Brigade.
March 19, 2009, three people protesting the war in Iraq
were arrested in Washington DC. In one instance a US Army
veteran scaled the front of the Veterans Administration
building and unfurled a banner saying "Veterans Say NO to
War and Occupation." Protests against the war in Iraq in
Chicago resulted in an arrest there after banner drop.
March 19-21, 2009, protests against the war in Iraq in
San Francisco resulted in twenty-two arrests at a die-in
in the financial district, eleven more for blocking a street
outside the Civic Center, and ten more at the Saturday march
when Palestinian marchers were confronted by pro-Israel
counter protestors resulting in police using batons and
March 31, 2009, four people were arrested in Brattleboro,
Vermont, for standing in silent opposition to the Vermont
Yankee nuclear power reactor.
March 31, 2009, an anti-nuclear protestor was convicted
of trespassing at the Los Alamos nuclear weapons facility
and sentenced to two days in jail, community service and
probation. Trinity House Catholic Worker.
April 3, 2009, four people protesting injustices on Wall
Street and in Afghanistan and Iraq were arrested in New
York, NY, for marching down the center of the street. Bail
Out the People Movement.
April 9, 2009, fourteen people were arrested at Creech
Air Force outside Las Vegas Nevada base protesting against
the US use of drones in lethal attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan
and Iraq. Nevada Desert Experience.
April 10, 2009, eight people were arrested while kneeling
and praying for peace at the Pentagon. Another, clad in
an orange jumpsuit and black hood, was arrested at the White
House where he was chained to the fence protesting the human
rights abuses of Guantanamo. Jonah House.
April 10, 2009, sixteen people were arrested while protesting
the war profiteer Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Brandywine Peace Community.
April 17, 2009. A man protesting US polices of violence,
racism and poverty-production was sentenced to six months
in prison for hammering out some windows in the US Military
Recruiting Center in Lancaster Pennsylvania.
April 23, 2009, four people protesting lies by military
recruiters were arrested after locking themselves to the
door at the military recruiting center in Minnesota. Three
others were arrested at the Knollwood Plaza after disrupting
the recruitment center so much it had to be closed. Another
woman was arrested near a recruiting center after placing
a "Don't Enlist" sticker on a police car. Antiwar committee.
April 28, 2009, a US Army veteran who refused to fight
in Iraq was court-martialed in Fort Stewart, Georgia and
sentenced to one year in prison. Courage to Resist.
April 29, 2009, twenty-two people were arrested after trying
to serve a Notice of Foreclosure for Moral Bankruptcy on
Blackwater/Xe, the mercenary company responsible for so
many deaths in Iraq, at its compound in Mount Carmel, Illinois.
Des Moines Catholic Worker Community.
July 22, 2009, four people protesting against Boeing's
role in the production of drones, which have killed more
than 700 people in Afghanistan and Pakistan, were arrested
inside the Boeing lobby in Chicago, Illinois. Christian
August 4, 2009, four shareholders who sought to speak at
the shareholders meeting of depleted uranium munitions producer
Alliant Techsystems were arrested when they approached the
microphone in Eden Prairie Minnesota. Alliant Action.
August 6, 2009, a 75 year old priest, protesting the 64th
anniversary of the US dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima,
was arrested outside of Greeley Colorado where he cut the
fence around a nuclear missile silo, hung peace banners,
prayed and tried to break open the hatch on the silo.
August 6, 2009, two people were arrested at the Pentagon
entrance on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing carrying
a banner stating "Remember the Pain, Remember the Sin, Reclaim
the Future." Jonah House.
August 6, 2009, twenty two people protesting the horror
of Hiroshima were arrested in Livermore California when
they blocked the entrance to the Lawrence Livermore weapons
lab. Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment.
August 6, 2009, nine people at a vigil for peace and nonviolence
were arrested for walking onto Lockheed Martin property
at Valley Forge Pennsylvania and spreading sunflower seeds,
an international symbol for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Brandywine Peace Community.
August 10, 2009, nine persons calling for the abolition
of nuclear weapons were arrested at Bangor Naval base, home
to the Trident submarine, twenty miles from Seattle Washington.
Ground Zero Community.
August 14, 2009, a US Army Sergeant who refused to go to
Afghanistan and who asked for conscientious objector status
was found guilty of disobeying lawful orders and going AWOL
at a trial in Fort Hood. He was sentenced to one year in
prison and given a bad conduct discharge.
August 17, 2009. Four people were arrested outside the
Boalt Hall classroom where they were protesting John Yoo,
who coauthored the memos authorizing torture on people in
Guantanamo during the Bush administration.
September 12, 2009, seven people who were protesting against
the use of the high-tech bloodless arcade Army Experience
Center in Philadelphia were arrested. Seven other protestors
were arrested there earlier in the year. Shut Down the
September 27, 2009, twenty one people protesting against
the Nevada Test Site were arrested at the Mercury gate.
At an action to "Ground the Drones" protesting the increasing
use of lethal drones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan,
another eleven people were arrested. Code Pink. Pace e
Bene. Nevada Desert Experience.
September 28, 2009, four women, ages 66 to 90, walked past
security guards at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant protesting
inadequate safety at the plant. Carrying signs saying "Yom
Kippur, September 28, Time to Atone, Shut Down Vermont Yankee,"
this was the seventh set of arrests at the nuclear plant
or its corporate headquarters since 2005.
September, 2009, the US Army accepted the resignation of
Lieutenant, who refused to fight in Iraq because he believed
the war violates international law, and gave him a discharge
under other than honorable conditions. Courage to Resist.
October 1, 2009. A well known mixed martial arts fighter
was sentenced to 90 days of work release and a fine of $28,000
for spraying symbols on an Army recruiting center and the
Washington State Capitol building to help raise consciousness
about the illegal war in Iraq.
October 2, 2009. Four people trying to deliver a document
titled "Employee Liabilities of Weapons Manufacturers under
International Law" to the weapons manufacturer Alliant Technologies
were arrested in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Alliant Action.
October 5, 2009, a couple, who married the day before and
who were carrying a banner saying "Just Married; Love Disarms,"
were arrested during a peace protest at Lockheed-Martin
in Sunnyvale California. A priest was also arrested as
the three gave out leaflets to workers entering the war
contractor work site. Albuquerque New Mexico Catholic Worker.
October 5, 2009, sixty one people were arrested while protesting
the ninth year of the US war in Afghanistan in front of
the White House. Some of the arrested were in orange jumpsuits
and chained to the fence. Secret Service officers assaulted
other protestors, pushing and pulling them away from the
protest site, bruising some. No Good War and Jonah House.
October 7, 2009, twelve protestors against the war in Afghanistan
were arrested in Rochester, NY. Some of the arrested were
treated at the hospital after being struck by police. Rochester
Students for a Democratic Society.
October 11, 2009. Two women who held up banners when Tiger
Woods was ready to putt, saying "President Obama – End Bush's
War," and "End the Afghan Quagmire," were handcuffed and
escorted away from the President's Cup golf tournament in
November 2, 2009. Five people calling for nuclear disarmament
cut through the fence around the Naval Base Kitsap which
houses the Trident nuclear submarines and nuclear warheads
outside of Seattle Washington. The five walked through
the base until they found the storage area for nuclear weapons
and cut two more fences to get inside where they put up
banners and spread sunflower seeds until they were arrested.
Disarm Now Plowshares.
November 4, 2009. Eight protestors, including one who
was 91 years old, were arrested at the Strategic Space Symposium
in Omaha Nebraska while holding a "Space Weapons=Death"
banner. Des Moines and Omaha Catholic Worker.
November 15, 2009. Five people protesting against US torture
practices at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where military interrogators
are trained were arrested. Torture on Trial.
December 1, 2009. Protestors at 100 cities across the
country challenged President Obama's talk at West Point
to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Six were arrested at
West Point, eleven in Minneapolis, and three in Madison
December 10, 2009. Six people protesting the use of lethal
drones were forcibly escorted out of the 11th Annual Unmanned
Aerial Systems Conference outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Trinity Nuclear Abolition and Code Pink.
Bill Quigley is a professor of law at Loyola University
New Orleans and Associate Legal Director at the Center
for Constitutional Rights. More information about many
of these arrests can be found at www.nukeresister.org.
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