From Trudy Bond:
On December 10, 2005 the city of Toledo was shut down and freedom of speech was declared dead. This martial law was not the result of a threat of nuclear attack or terrorist “chatter” but rather a decision by the city administration, the police and the judicial system in Toledo that protecting a small group of white supremacists was worth sacrificing first amendment rights.
As a result, ANYONE – who assembled ANYWHERE IN THE CITY OF TOLEDO FOR ANY PURPOSE outside of the city sanctioned perimeter for the Neo-Nazi rally could be threatened with arrest and jail, and some people actually were arrested, as we explain below. According to Judge Thomas Osowik’s ruling, this right to assemble was suspended indefinitely until the city’s lawsuit was settled. And ironically, the City administration dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, December 12, two days after December 10, as it had served its illegal purpose.
Now, we in the community are facing several court battles. There are the cases of 7 young people from Chicago, including two juveniles who were arrested only for allegedly violating an unlawful, unconstitutional restraining order of which they were unaware. The fact that the city of Toledo was under martial law had not been publicized. They were jailed from Saturday until Monday afternoon without bail, and have civil and criminal charges pending
against them, in spite of having committed no illegal actions.
Then there are 6 individuals from Lansing, Michigan who have a variety of “disorderly conduct” charges for such crimes as shouting profanities at the Nazis and criminal charges which stem from their presence at the actual “sanctioned” neo-nazi demonstration.
Those present at the counter-demonstration agree that they witnessed no violence or even “disorderly conduct,” except by the police, whose outrageous and dangerous tactics included several unprovoked charges into the crowd by platoons of cops on horseback.
All of these people are being defended by one attorney, Terry Lodge. With no assistance from any organization (not even the state or local ACLU), Terry faces a huge task and at this point is protecting the rights of all of us single-handedly. The civil contempt charges will go to trial in a few weeks, and it is likely that there will be several jury trials on the bogus criminal charges. Such things take many hours of preparation in advance, and careful attention to detail at the actual trial. A typical criminal jury trial in Toledo Municipal Court can cost $2,500.00 to $7,500.00 in lawyer fees alone; with such a large number of defendants, the burden of defending vital free speech concerns becomes immense.
Legal fees for those of us involved in civil disobedience have never been an issue with Terry. We have paid what we could and he has been most gracious in accepting what we could pay; for many that has meant pro bono. However, with 13 defendants, most of whom are unable to pay, money is essential to cover potential fines and court costs as well as a minimal portion of
Terry’s hundreds of hours that will be spent in protecting the First Amendment.
The Freedoms we often take for granted: freedom of speech, association, and the right to assemble are under fire in Toledo. All of us have a stake in making sure that the reprehensible viewpoints of a distinct minority aren’t allowed to be made into the excuse for shutting down the freedoms of others.
Please support this ongoing fight to protect our freedoms. Donations can be sent to Terry J. Lodge, IOLTA Account, 316 N. Michigan St., Suite 520, Toledo, OH 43624-1627.
In Solidarity and Resistance,
Alito’s ugly association
His membership in a racist, reactionary group at Princeton reveals the unsavory face of conservatism.
By Joe Conason
Jan. 13, 2006 | It’s easy to tell when conservatives feel most embarrassed by a particular political revelation because indignation immediately swells while memory grows dim. Whatever the outcome of Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination, his membership in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton is the kind of issue that conservatives clearly prefer to avoid.
They don’t like to be reminded of their historical opposition to civil rights, their continuing hostility to the advancement of minorities, or their bad habit of coddling and cultivating bigots.
That is why Sen. Orrin Hatch angrily demanded to know why anyone would dare ask Alito about CAP, why Sen. Lindsay Graham theatrically apologized to Alito and his family about the controversy, and why author Dinesh D’Souza, who once edited the organization’s magazine, dismissed the subject as a “diversion.” That is why Fox News and the conservative media are exploiting his wife’s tears to suggest that those questions were somehow illegitimate.
That is also why Alito himself has claimed to be unable to recall his decision to join the reactionary group of wealthy Princeton graduates (founded in 1972), which became notorious for its opposition to women and minorities on campus, its vicious bigotry against homosexuals, and its defense of the interests of affluent white male alumni and their sons. A convenient credential back when he was applying for a post in the Reagan administration, where his rÃ©sumÃ© would be perused only by like-minded right-wingers, membership in CAP became troublesome under the hot lights of a Supreme Court nomination hearing.
Together we are stronger, more powerful, reach more people than moveon.org or any other organizations.
Let’s make it happen. I wrote an article a few days ago along these lines. I’ve emailed to a few leaders in the progressive movement. They agree. Let me know if you’ll get on board. We need to pick a day, a time and then let our readers know about it. If we pull together on this, we can show the media, show the congress that we’re serious. Please contact me if you have any ideas, if you’re willing to get on board! for this.
As usual, I’ve inluded links to new articles we’ve run.
Rob Kall, OpEdNews.com
Bush Could Seize Absolute Control Of U.S. Government
President George W. Bush has signed executive orders giving him sole authority to impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus and ignore the Posse Comitatus Act that prohibits deployment of U.S. troops on American streets. This would give him absolute dictatorial power over the government with no checks and balances.
Grandmothers Against The War Go To Criminal Court
These brave women were arrested after they attempted to enlist in the military.
Do The American People WANT A King?
The ancient Israelites chose to have a king “to lead us in warfare and fight our battles”. Is this what the American people are doing?
Hugh Thompson And My Lai, Broke Ranks And Did The Right Thing
Hugh Thompson rescued Vietnamese victims of infamous William Calley, who was tried for war crimes.
Why Did Bush Run Around The Low-Hurdle Of FISA And Wiretap Without After-the-fact Permission?
Stop Being A Whiny Defeatist And STOP ALITO
What we must do to defeat all Alito is simply to DO something about it. Talk has no value whatsoever unless the person you are talking TO is a United States senator.
Those Despicable, Cowardly Democrats What Ever Happened To Separation Of Church And State?
I cannot understand why not one of the Democrats raised the critical issue of separation of church and state! Talk about ignoring the elephant in the room!
Every Generation Has Its Heroes, And Every War Wants Them
Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, Ã£Immoral means cannot bring moral ends, for the ends are pre-existent in the means.Ã¤ The brief statement goes beyond making judgment calls about moral and immoral methods. It reveals a plainer truth that explains the movementÃ¢s commitment to nonviolence: means and ends cannot be separated.
Mrs. Alito Sheds A Tear, And Another Repug Hides Under His Wife’s Skirt
Martha-Ann Alito comes to Sammy’s rescue and takes the heat off the nominee, rousing sympathy and support for Bush’s lying future justice.
Bush And Republicans Vs. Rule Of Law
Article responds to the spin campaign by Bush Republicans of White House illegal wiretapping. It puts the scandal in historical and Constitutional context.
Progressive Rock / Progressive Thought – Part 2
It’s 1967. Classicalism and the Moody Blues commence the nuptials that spawned a genre now slowly, painfully, re-emerging.
The Erosion Of Trust
Today, when we desperately need to trust our government, trust, that essential moral resource has, like the federal surplus, been squandered to serve private greed and ambition.
The US Is A Laughingstock
Our pResident shamelessly declares that he is above the law, and no one does anything about it.
ATroop Withdrawal Argument — Tailored For George Bush
Gerald Rellick postulates that King George will put an end to the madness in Iraq if it means saving face (and his miserable skin)….
‘Daily Voting News’ For January 12, 2006
a run-down of the days elections/voting news from across the country and overseas.
War Lies And Journalistic Constipation
So, what would we have to think if we were to discover that the New York Times has been sitting on a story about who it was that Dearlove met with Ã¶ and that it was not “national security aides”?
The Countdown To War With Iran
Behind the nonsense about IranÃ¢s Ã£nuclear weapons programsÃ¤ is the vital need of the western financial system to underwrite its burgeoning $9 trillion in debt with the one commodity that will keep the listing Greenback afloat… oil.
CHENEY/BUSH NEOCON EXPERIMENT HAS FAILED
An out-of-touch leader presides over a lost foreig
n war and a mo
rass of influence peddling and bribery, as the secret police struggle to keep a lid on growing dissent: Eric Margolis, Toronto Star
Jonathan Simon is spot on.
Surely one of the most amazing aspects of the election fraud issue is how so many otherwise smart liberals and progressives fail to see what is right in front of their faces — this includes Al Franken, Paul Begalla, Arianna Huffington, Bernie Sanders, every Democrat in the Senate, and with the exception of Rush Holt, John Conyers and a very few others, virtually every Democrat in the House. And so the Democrats, and allied organizations such as PFAW and Move-On prattle on about how they will surely take over the Congress “next time.”
So once again, Lucy props up the football, and says, “c’mon, Charlie Brown, let’s see if you can kick it this time.”
What’s wrong with these people? Don’t they know how to recognize plain-fact evidence? Can’t they follow a simple argument to its compelling conclusion? Answer: yes they know, and yes they can. They just refuse. My best guess is that they simply can’t bring themselves to face up to the enormity of the Bush/GOP crime against our democracy.
Germany, c. 1938: “Yes, I know things are tough for us Jews, but surely you can’t believe those stories about death camps. After all, this is our country too!” Some of those who believed the stories and who acted accordingly are now, along with their descendents, our neighbors and compatriots. Those who “couldn’t believe,” perished in the holocaust.
Don’t get your hopes up. The suits against Diebold are going nowhere. Remember the right-wing judiciary? If the plaintiffs win, the case will be thrown out on appeal. Even if a judgment for the plaintiffs is upheld, who will know about it? Sure, Fitrakis and Wasserman, bless ’em, will crow about it, and the progressive blogosphere will shout about it. But what difference will that make?
If we managed to crawl out of this hole, this is how it will happen: it will finally dawn on the poobahs on Wall Street, and through them a few significant voices in the MSM, that they are sinking the ship that they are riding on. And when the great ship goes down, those in the luxury cabins will be as doomed as those in steerage.
Bush’s “pioneers” are, in their own way, as blind to the economic shipwreck ahead as the aforementioned progressives are to election fraud. But the evidence in both cases is compelling. The housing bubble is about to burst, China is abandoning the dollar, we are at peak oil and energy prices are bound to skyrocket. And the 95% of humanity living outside our borders has just about had it with our imperial fantasies and may, at any time, decide to shut down our economy without firing a shot. Europe, OPEC and the Pacific Rim can do it, and they know it even if the Busheviks don’t. (See “The Vulnerable Giant” www.crisispapers.org/essays/vulnerable.htm ).
All this is slowly dawning on a few fat-cat movers and shakers, a very few of whom seem to realize that all their wealth is derived, ultimately, from the education, skill and labor of the rest of us, and from our shared infrastructure, institutions, and political traditions, most notably, the rule of law — all of which are being outsourced, dismantled, and “drowned” in Grover Norquist’s “bathtub.” The recent impeachment editorial in Barrons may suggest that this realization may be dawning on a few of the elites. And so, where the law, the Constitution, simple justice and morality have failed, enlightened self-interest by the powerful and wealthy may yet bail us out. If and when these powers-that-be finally decide to pull the plug on Bush, Inc., they can bring it down, simply by spreading the word, far and wide, that since 2000 (and perhaps before) elections have been irrelevant and that the regime no longer governs “with the consent of the governed.” They, unlike us, have the media access and control to do just that.
But will they wake up in time to rescue our common political-economic enterprise? That’s where we in the progressive blososphere come in. Our voices of protest are weak, but they are grounded in evidence and hard reality. We must write and publish relentlessly, wake up our sleeping and credulous “allies” (Franken, Huffington, Sanders, MoveOn, et al), tell the Democrats that they will get no support from us unless and until they address and deal with the ballot fraud issue, and we must encourage and then publicize any defections from Bushism in the media and among the affluent elites.As I have noted many times before, the Busheviks and their allies have the wealth and the power, and they control the message. Thus the cause of us dissidents is hopeless: as hopeless as the causes of General George Washington, of Mohandas Gandhi, of Nelson Mandella, of Andrei Sakharov, of Martin Luther King. Somehow, mysteriously, unexpectedly, the forces of history provided opportunities, and they had the wisdom to take advantage of these opportunities. I find no leaders of such stature and wisdom in evidence today, and yet those opportunities may soon be before us.
“The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.” (Martin Luther King).