My friends and two stellar activists for human rights, Adam and Pete are facing trial in Greenfield, Massachusetts today for filming the police in the course of their duties. The prosecutor calls this felony wiretapping and resisting arrest. But photography is not a crime! The same prosecutor has already dropped several of the charges that had been piled on Pete and Adam. Get the full story here:
I’m very worried about these guys because I know they are beautiful human beings with the best of intentions and willpower to match anyone you can think of. Maybe I’ve got PTSD over my own experience with police pillaging, but I am worried about these guys. I wish them only the best and my services are at the ready to support them.
I also question the high stakes nature of this kind of activism. Pete and Adam are young and single. But time in jail is nothing to laugh at. Prison is the new slavery. A lot of people, including the decision-makers, don’t care about you. See, for example, the conditions in one admitted Phoenix concentration camp.
It looks like Jason Talley is broadcasting at least some parts of the trial and pre-trial live on ustream. I’m watching live. What about you?