Read This Before You Protest:
An open letter to those who want to protest
against the government and the elites

By: Chris O'Connor, Public Defender, Portland, OR.


PREFACE

This article has been made necessary because some of our readers who have been caught passing out our flyer have been surrounded, ridiculed and even physically assaulted by those who think they are "doing service for God" by harassing those of us who are protesting against the linkage the leaders of the church have made with the American New World Order System. To these courageous few we offer the counsel of Chris O'Connor, Public Defender, Portland, OR.

Many of you will, no doubt, wonder why we have taken the time to provide you with this rather horrid and nasty description of what to expect if you decide to act as God's "WITNESS" against the impious alliance the church has made with the American New World Order System by handing out our leaflet. But a certain amount of honesty is required of us in this matter. Jesus did the same with His disciples when He warned them:

"... they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you [beat you up] ...

"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake ..." (Matthew 10:17-18)

YES! - There is a price to be paid if you wish to be a disciple of Christ!

Nonetheless, we urge you to take a stand against what's happening today, especially as it relates to the shameful alliance that today's American church has made with the American Empire; have the courage of Sophie Scholl: Pass out our flyer, leave it in libraries, affix it to trees and posts, put it on the wind-shields of cars, especially those in church parking lots.

Sophie Scholl

At the age of 21 Sophie was executed by guillotine after being convicted of high treason. Her crime was publishing some anti-war leaflets that were printed by the White Rose (a non-violent resistance group that encouraged people to passively resist the Nazis) in 1943 at Munich University. Eventually a copy of the leaflet made it out of Germany and millions of copies were made and then dropped by plane over parts of Germany. Its was re-entitled The Manifesto of Munich Students.

Do you possess the courage that Sophie possessed? ARE YOU WILLING TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER AND PASS IT OUT? [Please see our article, "We Are Your Conscience: The White Rose Society."]

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"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

William Blum, an investigative journalist in Washington, DC, writes in his excellent book, Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower:

"Overtly and covertly, legally and illegally, the military-industrial complex [in the United States] has joined forces with the prison-industrial complex, linked further to the omnipresent national security-police complex, all clasping hands tightly in a war on the American people and the Bill of Rights. This 'AUTHORITY JUGGERNAUT' - enamored with its own perpetuation, glorification and enrichment - has convinced the American public that without its storm troopers all hell would break loose and the safety and security of the citizenry would be on a life-support machine. In this undertaking, it has had the indispensable assistance of intimidated legislatures, an uniconoclastic judiciary and a compliant media."

Tragically, it is precisely with this "AUTHORITY JUGGERNAUT" that today's American church has allied itself.

The unholy alliance the church has made with the American Super-state

We have been called as "WITNESSES" against this alliance. [We URGE you to take the time – and it will take a lot of time – to study Chapter VI of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Distinction between Israel and the Church," Chapter VII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Great Escape, Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture" and Chapter VIII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "Tribulation and Judgment" – particularly Part 6 ("The Two Witnesses") and Part 7 ("Parables and Ciphers").]

You should know, however, that while it is not so much against the "AUTHORITY JUGGERNAUT" itself that we have been called to bear witness, but rather against the unholy alliance the church has made with it, the police and the FBI will probably not make such a distinction.

As a result, there will be a price for you to pay if you blow the trumpet of God "to warn the people," and I would be remiss in not warning you about that cost. STILL, despite that very real cost, the Bible requires us as Christ's disciples to -

"... speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

"If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

"Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

"He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. (Ezekiel 33:1-6)

What follows is a description by Chris O'Connor, Portland, Oregon's Public Defender, of the minimum price you will probably be forced to pay at some time or another if you continue to protest.

-- Antipas

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By: Chris O'Connor

Chris O'Connor speaking to people at the courthouse

Local public defender Chris O'Connor (Portland, Oregon) is in the pages of the Mercury every week for stepping up to help protect the civil rights of some poor soul or another. I realize this guest article about what to expect when protesting against the government and the elites—and the crimes you're most likely to be arrested for—is too long for many internet attention spans; but it's so interesting and worthwhile that I didn't want to cut it down. Listen up!

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Dear Protesters:

I don't disagree with many of your goals and aims. I think that the banks and large corporations and mortgage fraudsters that made a killing off the crash need a few less bailouts and a few more criminal charges to thin out their ranks. But I am nothing if not a realistic and practical person. I want you to temper your idealism and righteous rage with a nice slap of reality. So if, in fact, you gather enough people and present your version of Tahrir on the Willamette [meaning Portland], things are going to get bad. And I want to give you a heads up about some things you may not have been thinking about.

Things are going to get bad if you decide to protest.

So you want to protest against the government and/or the elites?

Unfortunately, I think the lawyers will be eating well after all this, and there is a high chance that you will be enjoying some of the fine meals at the county jail. [Please see our article, "An Inventory of Practices that Chill Free Speech."]

I don't say this to be mean, anti-democratic, or because I want you to suffer. I say this for two sets of reasons:

  • The first set of reasons is practical, and it has to do with a realistic view of the police and their relative freedom to beat the crap out of you.
  • The second is legal and focuses on the many, many legal tools the city council and state legislature have given to the local 'peace' officers. 

Both need to be on your mind if you are planning on protesting.

Part One:

It's going to hurt and no one will care.

  • It Is Going To Hurt.
  • Jail Deputies Will Be Looking In Your Ass.
  • No One Will Care.

You need to be 100 percent realistic about the fact that getting arrested is going to hurt.

  • You are going to be dealing with some physical pain. Never forget that in this city a police officer can literally shoot you in the back with a rifle as you surrender and still get his paycheck for years.
  • So don't be surprised when they bust out the beanbag guns, chemical sprays and gases and riot shields.

    The results of the use of beanbag guns and "pain compliance" administered by police on protesters.

    Like the early South Park episode taught us, all an officer has to say is "He was coming right at me" and the district attorney will apologize to the grand jury and the officer for wasting their time with this whole silly case. The officer's sergeant might even buy him a drink after the debrief. Your bruises from the batons will go away in a few weeks.

    If you would like a nice chant, please consider using the names Jim Chasse, Keaton Otis, Aaron Campbell, Jack Collins, Deontae Keller, Richard "Dickie" Dow, Jose Meija Poot, Kendra James, and James Jahar Perez. Those are just a few of the people killed by Portland Police. Look them up. They were not even focused on reforming or resetting the social order. Compared to them, you are a real threat to public safety.

  • GRAVE OF KEATON OTIS

    Otis was just 25 years old when he died, shot by police after a routine traffic stop in Northeast Portland; others listed above were shot and killed by the police for similar misdemeanors.

  • Be realistic about who is going to win a fight. Don't pull away when they try to put the zip-tie hand cuffs on you. You will be shoved, your arms will be twisted until you think your elbow or shoulder is going to pop, you will be taken to the ground and in some cases you may be injured. No one with any say will care. The officers will go home at night confident that the DA, the police higher-ups and the media have their backs.

    As many people of color, the homeless, and generally poor folks in our town have found out, the police have friends with all the money, jails, and guns, so they get to do what they want. You do not. [Please see our article, "Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?"]

  • As many people of color, the homeless, and generally poor folks in our town have found out, the police have friends with all the money, jails, and guns, so they get to do what they want. You do not.

  • When you get down to the station and are subjected to your first full body search, you will be humiliated. You will spend uncomfortable hours being processed sitting on uncomfortable benches. The deputy will want you to lean over with your pants down and stare at your anus while you cough so that they can be sure you are not sneaking in any anti-government manifestos. They get to literally lock you in a cage and decide when and if to feed you. Their motivations are getting paid, keeping themselves physically safe, and getting along with their coworkers. Even the nice and kind jailers aren't going to go out of their way to help you out.

Strip searched and then locked up in a cage; OFFENSIVE? - Yes! - but this is what you are in for!

  • If you're lucky, you will be released with orders to report to court in the morning. Then you can indignantly spend the following weeks dealing with stupid legal charges and bragging to your friends about how it was totally worth it. The cops who arrested you will use their overtime checks to buy a new jet ski and park it in their garage. They will also brag to their friends that it was totally worth it.

    Your employment opportunities will be severely restricted.

    Maybe there will be some lawsuits in the coming years about whether that horse should have been used to break your toes, but the money won't make up for the fact that you can't get a job because of your resisting arrest conviction and your probation terms.

    Maybe you will be the Vaclav Havel of your generation and be a rock star president when the old regime collapses. But most likely you will lose your job at the coffee shop because of your jail time or many court appearances. If you are of an academic bent, perhaps you won't be admitted to the Oregon State Bar because of your criminal history. Make sure it's worth it.

Part Two:

The legal stuff is going to be as annoying as hell and you will be dealing with it for months and years and decades to come. Know what you are in for.

You know the basics. The government will try to keep you down even after the beatdown with an illusory 'justice' system.

Let me tell you about a few local ordinances and state laws you are going to have to become very familiar with very quick. I'll give you nine laws to start with.

State and City Statutes That May Be Used to Arrest You:

You know the basics. The government will try to keep you down even after the beatdown with an illusory 'justice' system.

  1. Disorderly Conduct In the Second Degree: Among other alternate theories of Disorderly Conduct, it's a crime if you engage in behavior with the intent to cause public annoyance or inconvenience. [Think of the many, many different ways this can be interpreted for the benefit of the police.]

    An alternative way you can get in trouble with this is by obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic on a public way. If you step into the street for even a second, that's a good excuse to arrest you. Also, the law makes it illegal to congregate with other persons in a public place while refusing to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse. Which is the point, I know, but please be aware that they will treat it as a crime if they want to arrest you.

  2. Interference with A Peace Officer: There are two ways to screw yourself with this one.
    • First, it is a crime if you refuse to obey a lawful order of a cop who you know is a cop. So say the cop says, "I am issuing you a legal order to clear out of this park." And you don't. If the order is lawful and the jury thinks you refused to obey it, you may have a bit of a problem.
    • But wait, there's more! Another version of this crime makes it illegal to prevent a cop from carrying out their lawful duties with regards to another person. So don't step in front of a cop who is trying to pepper spray a group of cowering young women. That's a crime.
  1. Resisting Arrest: Say a police officer is arresting your friend and you pull on the your friend's sleeve and say, "Don't arrest her!" Bam.
  1. Harassment: Don't subject another person (like a police officer or park ranger or noise enforcement guy to offensive physical contact. That would be shoving, pushing, spitting on and similar types of conduct.
  1. Attempted Assault of a Public Safety Officer: Assault is causing physical injury to another person. It is a felony to cause physical injury to a police officer. It is a misdemeanor if you 'attempt' to do so. [Officer to fellow officer: "Look out! He's got a book! He's coming right at me!"]
  1. Offensive Littering: Don't degrade the beauty or appearance of property.
  1. Depositing Burning Material on A Roadway: It's pretty clear: "No one shall, at any time, throw away any lighted tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, matches or other lighted material, on any forestland, private road, public highway or railroad right of way within this state." Rubbing out a cigarette butt or tossing it in the gutter is going to get someone in trouble if the officer is looking for trouble.
  1. Sit Lie II: Blah blah blah sidewalks. Blah Blah freedom of assembly. Even thinking of how to explain the needlessly complex sidewalk obstruction ordinance is putting me to sleep. Just don't block the sidewalk.
  1. Erecting a Structure: No erecting structures in a public right of way or non-park public property in the city of Portland! A tarp between two shopping carts is a structure, as many individuals experiencing homelessness can tell you. Your tent and tepee are, in fact, structures.

Part Three:

Part Three: Some Recommendations Based On A Combination of Part One and Part Two.

I'm a cynical bastard. Years of reading thousands of police reports will do that to you. It is frustrating to constantly deal with otherwise intelligent people who don't understand that when the police say "We will use your statements against you in court" the police officer is saying that whatever you say will in fact be used against you in court. I make no apologies for shaking my head at you. I am old and grouchy and burned out, apparently. But I suspect that I will not get hit in the head with a baton in the next four days.

So my recommendations are as follows:

  • Stay home.
  • Play some X-box. I could play Left For Dead 2 all weekend. Great game.
  • If you do decide to protest against the government and/or elites, take nothing you don't want to lose. I'd suggest a bus ticket, sharpied phone numbers on your arm, and cash.
  • Don't sit down, don't talk.
  • Don't speak to cops. Don't make eye contact with them. It can upset them.
  • If you get arrested, you don't have to speak to the cops. I suggest you demand an attorney. You don't have to give them your name, but they can hold you until they figure it out. Also, don't lie about your name. That is a crime in and of itself.
  • Stay near the cameras.
  • Especially stay in the view of the cameras that are automatically uploading to the internet.
  • Leave your fancy smart phone at home. If you do show up with it, put a password on it. Because if that cop seizes it, the pictures of him 'escorting' your friend may not be there when you get it back.

Good luck.

Yours in solidarity,
Chris O'Connor

YES! - There is a price to be paid if you wish to be a disciple of Christ!

Still, we URGE you to have the courage to pass out our flyer! Affix it to trees, walls and poles; leave it scattered around the library and on local college campuses; pass it out in unemployment offices, in union halls; pass it out on the steps of city hall; affix it to cars in church parking lots.

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God bless you all.

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas

NOTE TO READERS

We have decided to "off-put" leaving the country in the hope that by staying (at least for a while longer) we can persuade Christians here to take the kind of stand that Sophie Scholl and the White Rose took in Germany against the Hitler regime. WE ASK YOU TO JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT - have the courage of Sophie Scholl: Pass out our flyer, leave it in libraries, affix it to trees and posts, put it on the wind-shields of cars, especially those in church parking lots.

Sophie Scholl

At the age of 21 Sophie was executed by guillotine after being convicted of high treason. Her crime was publishing some anti-war leaflets that were printed by the White Rose (a non-violent resistance group that encouraged people to passively resist the Nazis) in 1943 at Munich University. Eventually a copy of the leaflet made it out of Germany and millions of copies were made and then dropped by plane over parts of Germany. Its was re-entitled The Manifesto of Munich Students.

Do you possess the courage that Sophie possessed? ARE YOU WILLING TO DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER AND PASS IT OUT? [Please see our article, "We Are Your Conscience: The White Rose Society."]

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IN ADDITION, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, PRINT THEM OUT YOURSELF, AND STUDY THEM CAREFULLY; SHARE THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS.

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FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.

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Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden, near employment offices, wherever you can.


Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):

We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank" insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned - a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners in the abject poverty that American corporations have imposed on the peoples and nations the American military machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order," Inside the American New World Order System" and "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago."]

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