Thanks, But No Tanks – City Council Presentation

This is the future that the continued militarization of the Keene Police Department holds for the citizens of Keene. One only needs to watch the news or read a newspaper for further proof that a BearCat truly has no proper place in a peaceful society. As a government accountability activist in Arizona, I have closely witnessed the development of several up close and personal examples of police militarization and high level “government” corruption. One such instance took place when infamous Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio teamed up with reality actor Steven Seagal for an extra special episode of Steven Seagal: Lawman, the actor’s current A&E gig. They raided the home of Jesus Sanchez Llovera because, as a chicken farmer, he was suspected of “cockfighting”, which is illegal in the state of Arizona. Seagal drove the MCSO tank into Llovera’s home, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. The Llovera family’s dog was executed in the raid, as were the chickens the raid was supposedly executed to protect.

Another example of the effects of a growing police state on a community was the murder of two time veteran and father Jose Guerena by the SWAT team in Tuscon, AZ. On the morning of May 5th, 2011, Guerena’s wife Vanessa saw men dressed in all black standing outside her home with automatic weapons. She screamed for her husband, who subsequently woke up and grabbed his gun, telling his wife to take their four year old son and hide in the closet. Unfortunately, the armed gang of thugs surrounding the Guerena’s home shot at him 71 times and left him there for dead; after surviving Iraq and Afghanistan, Jose Guerena bled to death on the floor of his own home, at the hands of his own government, as his wife and son watched in horror. The safety on his weapon had never even been deactivated.

Finally, one only needs to look at the violence initiated against the peaceful people at Occupy protests across the country for proof that militarization of police has no place in peaceful society. On the first night of the Occupy Phoenix protests in October, I along with a few hundred other protestors were directed to an enclosed park where we were told we could spend the night. As the evening wore on, we began to notice that the park was surrounded by hundreds of police vehicles and that police were setting up a tear gas truck. They had decided that we could not spend the night after all, and the incident ended with an army dressed in full black military gear and face masks turning off all power to the park and kidnapping 45 individuals in the dark. It was just as intimidating as they intended it to be and an experience I won’t soon forget.

Sadly, this is the reality of police militarization. It is also worth mentioning the question of who is paying for all of this? One only has to look at each and every one of their tax records to answer that. A large portion of the federal tax you pay goes to national defense, and is trickling down from the federal government to protect from “enemies foreign and domestic” thus initiating a war against anyone who is tired of having their rights violated, their freedoms stolen, and their property “repossessed” by the United States Government. The irony lies in the fact that we as a people are actively participating in our own destruction through both the legitimization and funding of our own slavery. As free human beings we have a moral obligation to withdraw our support of and consent to tyranny. I moved to Keene to escape the effects of police militarization and we must not allow this in our city.  Personally, I neither support nor consent to a BearCat being driven through my backyard nor through that of my peaceful neighbors.  I genuinely hope that the entire city of Keene will serve as an example for the rest of the country and have the courage to say “Thanks, but no tanks”.

Rebel With A Cause – How I Become A Voluntaryist

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I was always a rebel.

One of my earliest memories is of my mom telling me that touching the hot iron would result in burning my finger. Subsequently, I attempted to touch the iron with just my fingernail. Much to my disappointment, I got burned, but the experience didn’t dissuade my affinity for questioning the status quo and inventing innovative ways to subvert authority. My parents are both employed at institutes for “higher” education and always emphasized that earning good grades, going to a good (preferably Ivy League) college, and getting a good job is the way to achieve a good life. To them, such values are intrinsic and thus uniformly the best thing for every individual. I had different ideas. Continue reading

Chalk The Entire System

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For everyone who has asked me why I did it, and for Wes, who is in the Valley Street cage for doing what he thought was right.

Last Monday, January 9, I was arrested at the Manchester District Court for chalking “Free Ademo” on the front of the building, right under the sign that says “Manchester District Court”. I began creating my artwork on the wall as soon as I arrived at the courthouse, late as usual for the sentencing of my friends Ademo Freeman from CopBlock.org and Wesley G, a liberty activist from Manchester. Everyone was already inside, yet I decided to go ahead and exercise my freedom of expression although I knew there was a possibility I would face the criminal gang members (LEO’s) on my own. Fortunately, my friends came to the rescue as you can watch in the video below.

Complicating matters however is the arbitrary nature of bureaucrats who believe it is somehow okay to chalk on horizontal public property, but not vertical public property. And don’t feel stupid, I don’t understand this crap either. In fact, it is impossible to understand because the fraudulent system imposed upon us all makes the law of the land completely and totally arbitrary. Do you realize what this is saying? It is saying that you or I can be thrown in a cage at any time based on laws which are literally being made up as we go along. There is no longer an accepted standard. The prison system is a multimillion dollar industry owned by people who are trading favor for favor with the federal government. They are making millions off of human suffering. It must not continue.

So why did I do it? Because it was the right thing to do. Not because I thought it would keep anyone out of the cage, not because I thought it would change the system, not because I thought it would be good video, not because it was my style of activism, not because I even thought that anyone was watching. I really don’t know how much more clearly I can say it. My friends were going to be sentenced to time in a cage for chalking, so I chalked on the wall of the offending building where this was happening. “The Constitution” might call it a rightful redress of grievances, I consider it my small contribution to moral and proper non-violent demonstration of vigilante justice. As Martin Luther King once said “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”.

The violation of one individual’s rights equals the violation of all individual rights as freedom is both reciprocal and based on the axiom of each of our own lives. Like Martin Luther King, I too have a dream; that in such situations in the future fifty activists, a hundred, a thousand, a million, will peacefully chalk a building in defense of one of our own. The day that happens is the day that we as a people will be truly free.

Join us in the peaceful evolution at ShireSociety.com.

Learn more about chalking freedom at CopBlock.org/chalk

My arrest vid:

Chalking with the Quartzsite Reform Movement, Oct. 1 2011 for National Chalk the Police Day:

A recap of my recent experiments with peaceful evolution…

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

Standing up for individual rights and challenging the statist quo can begin with something as small as parking tickets.  Courtesy of Fr33manTV

 

“Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” – Gandhi

Challenging right to carry laws on university campuses with Bradley Jardis and Tommy Mozingo, video courtesy of CopBlock.org


“We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyfull of words and do not know a thing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monadock High School Outreach, courtesy of CopBlock.org

 

“A citizen’s right to film public officials in the discharge of their duties in a public space is a basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment.” – Glik v. the State of Massachusetts

At a New Hampshire Supreme Court public hearing on cameras in NH courthouses, courtesy of Liberty Rapsher

And from CopBlock.org

 

Shire Choir Caroling Christmas Eve at the Keene Police Department, again from CopBlock.org

 

– Much thanks to FreeKeene.com for content