Tag Archives: constitutional rights

Free Jordan – hearing Thurs 5/21 10am – Fed. Ct

This is an update from James Mouritsen:

Jordan Halliday has consistently refused to testify before a federal grand jury that wants to know all about his friends, family, and associates in the animal rights community. Jordan has been held in jail (currently in Cache County) for more than two months (67 days, so far) because of his principled stand against coerced testimony that the government wants from him.

Today, Thursday, May 21 at 10 a.m., in Judge Campbell’s Court in the Federal Courthouse at the corner of 400 South and Main Street in downtown SLC, is an open, public hearing on Jordan’s “Grumbles” Motion, in which he asks Judge Campbell to release him, as he has shown that he will not change his mind about his refusal to testify. Jordan will be present, and is expected to testify.

All are invited to show support and solidarity with this brave young man in his principled stand. There will be a legal, civil, demonstration outside, beginning approximately 930am. All who wish to attend the hearing, in Judge Campbell’s court, beginning at 10am, are welcome.

Contact James Mouritsen, Ljames121@hotmail.com or 801 809-1630 with further questions.

Utah’s Radical Cheerleaders – Video at Equality Rally

I am a member of Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs which participated in the Equality Rally on Saturday.

Below is a video that Lionel Trepanier took and edited into a really nice piece.

Equality Rally – End of March

Equality Rally Video

I took this video of a friend attempting to engage counter protesters. Pretty eye-opening.

Equality Rally Photos

These are photos I took at yesterday’s Equality Rally. I was there as not only a supporter, but also with Utah’s Radical Cheerleaders, Pom Poms Not Bomb Bombs. There are some photos, too, of the counter protesters.

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Equality Rally News

I will be posting my own photos and videos later today. Below are news items I have found on the Equality Rally and Vigil held yesterday in Salt Lake City in tandem with the National Call to Action. You can view the comments to these news articles by clicking on the link.

Deseret News

Hundreds take to S.L. streets to protest, support Prop. 8 ban on gay marriage
By Ethan Thomas, Aaron Falk and Joseph M. Dougherty
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Greens condemn brutal ‘police state’ raids, arrests of peaceful protesters and journalists

Greens condemn brutal ‘police state’ raids, arrests of peaceful protesters and journalists outside the GOP convention in St. Paul


For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

Green Party members are among those targeted; trumped-up charges are meant to intimidate and crush political dissent, say Greens, who urge media covering the convention to report the brutal treatment of fellow journalists

Combined effort by local police and Feds reveals that Bush’s domestic spy program is aimed at Americans exercising their lawful rights

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders strongly condemned the brutal police assaults, raids, and arrests on dubious charges targeted at peaceful protesters gathering near the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Among those arrested and brutalized are journalists, including Amy Goodman and other Democracy Now! staff (http://www.democracynow.org), and antiwar and progressive activists.

Police have attacked nonviolent demonstrators with concussion grenades, tear gas, pepper spray, and tasers and have raided meetings and activists’ homes.

Police raided the home of Michael Whelan, a long-time Green Party supporter whose Arise Bookstore once housed the party’s local office (see Green Party of Minnesota press release, Sept. 1, http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=99).

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Amy Goodman, of Democracy Now!, Unlawfully Arrested at RNC


September 1, 2008

Dennis Moynihan 917-549-5000
Mike Burke 646-552-5107

ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time. Police violently manhandled Goodman, yanking her arm, as they arrested her. Video of her arrest can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ
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Santa Arrested for Demanding Impeachment!

Santa Arrested for Demanding Impeachment!

Santa in the middle of a protest for honest government 3 demanding justice
Santa in the middle                                             3 demanding justice

of a protest for honest government

Posted by Jodin Morey, Impeach For Peace

Portland Indy Media –Santa Arrested in PDX for Demanding Impeachment
(and Offering Candy Canes, Constitution to the Cops)

On the picket lines today—for the 21st Thursday— in front of the Portland OR office of Rep. Earl Blumenauer, three of the Impeach Group’s pickets were arrested: Santa and two elves. “Santa” was Joe Walsh, a Veterans for Peace member and sparkplug for regulars in red impeachment shirts responding to the Oregon congressman’s refusal to co-sponsor Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s HRes 799 to impeach Vice President Cheney.

Blumenauer has indicated seniority on the House Ways & Means committee is more important than his oath of office and the Constitution despite Democratic state and his district’s leaders recent demands he co-sponsor impeachment. In his only town hall meeting with constituents during the fall recess, he ignored impeachment demands by 40 out of 45 speakers and a packed audience on its feet chanting “Impeach Now!” His excuse up to recently has been the eight-point mantra ordered by House Democratic leadership and the Democratic Leadership Council to explain why they want impeachment off the table.

So for a Christmas touch in the weekly Impeach group’s demonstrations, Walsh decided to dress as Santa. After sealing the front door of the building with duct tape, he joined two elves in rockers to hold up impeachment signs and read a Christmas manifesto to Blumenauer—as demonstrators sang parodies of Christmas carols composed by the group’s Codepink members. Soon, a half-dozen police cruisers arrived. Walsh explained their purpose and attempted to give them candy canes along with a lecture about the Constitution and Blumenauer’s two-term refusal to take any action about Bush’s and Cheney’s high crimes rising to the Constitutional standards of impeachment.

For a look at additional coverage, see: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/12/370199.shtml

Portland has 157 activist groups and was dubbed “Little Beirut” by the Bush family who rarely visit the city now unless they stay at airport hotels, ringed with police because of descending hordes of demonstrators. Republican Senator Gordon Smith’s Portland office has been peacefully besieged in relays, with demonstrators cuffed, held in jail for 6-8 hours and usually fined $100 or assigned 30 days of community service.

Instead of previous manhandling of pickets and using pepper spray and concussion grenades, however, today the police for the first time dealt gingerly with Santa’s big scene. No horses. No batons. No riot gear. No Blackwater attitudes. For nearly an hour, officers tried cajoling Santa and his elves to either return to the group’s usual peaceful strolls or to open at least open the doors a crack so Blumenauer staffers and visitors wouldn’t have to enter/exit by the rear door. The changed behavior by the police was attributed to five years of expensive victories by citizens in class-action suits against the city, by the usually peaceful nature of constant demonstrations, and by the ouster of one chief from Los Angeles for a Portland police veteran familiar with the First Amendment and the city’s usually peaceful rallies and marches.

After 30 minutes—when Walsh and the elves had made their point—the police arrested them. The prefunctory assembly line trial ought to be something because the judge will have to read charges that Santa and the elves were arrested while offering candy canes, the Constitution, and Blumenauer’s record to the police and passersby.

Santa sends a message

A message read just before Santa was arrested in front of Blumenauer’s office in Portland, Oregon on the 21st Thursday of protest for impeachment:Woe to you Bush and Cheney,
Pray that Congress calls you to account.

If and when you leave office we will wait for you.
In every speech, we will be there,
In every restaurant we will be there,
In every baseball game,
you will see and hear us,

We will point our terrorized finger, than
turn our backs on you,

We will shout as loud as possible:

There goes the torturer,
the killer of children, the assassin of the Constitution,

There goes the destroyer of hope,
For the rest of your life, you will know our anger.

Pray that you are called to account for your wicked deeds now and not later.
Shame awaits you two, and redemption will be ours.

A warning to you Rep. Blumenauer:

Stand up for the Constitution or look for unemployment in
Ho ho ho


Tasers: A Form of Torture?

A man who posted a YouTube video of himself being tasered by a Utah Highway Patrol Officer has generated controversy according to an article in today’s Deseret News – mostly due to the comments that people have made in response to it.
(NOTE: I personally do not condone the violent commments made in response to the video clip but think it's important to reveal the torture methods being used by police in the United States.)

Here is more information on the use of tasers as torture in recent news:

Published on Sunday, November 25, 2007 by CBS News
UN: Tasers Are A Form Of Torture
“Stun Guns” Are Under Fire After Six Deaths This Week; Rallies Held Demanding They Be Banned
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