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Riverside County police openly defies judge at Occupy Coachella Valley pre-trial

The Occupy Coachella Valley trial continues today. Here are some of the more interesting developments:

1. AOL/Huffington Post is still fighting to prevent one of their Patch editors from testifying on what she saw that night. We are not only up against the City of Palm Desert and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, but also a multi-billion dollar media company as well. How are we going to compete with high-priced corporate lawyers from Culver City?

2. There is now a “contempt of the court” hearing set because the Riverside County Sheriff’s department has refused the judge’s orders to release the operational information surrounding the police’s crackdown of Occupy Coachella Valley’s protests. Just so we are clear what is happening: the police thinks they are above even the court itself that they are OPENLY DEFYING the judge’s orders. This ought to worry reasonable people when the police they are trusting to uphold the law are openly flaunting it. If I was not aware of what has been going on the past ten years in America, I would be frightened. However, the police’s defiance of the law is frankly not that surprising.

3. In some way, the City of Palm Desert’s attempt to silence legitimate speech has succeeded, with the center of the protests now shifting away from city hall. However, they are wrong to think that they could bully me or anyone into silence for long. The trial, if it proceeds, will itself become a platform upon which we continue this struggle.

4. If I were to attend a school in San Francisco, the requirement to attend the trial will quickly become cost-prohibitive. If it is the city’s plan to ruin my education or bully me into poverty, I will not let them.

Occupy all and occupy together!

An antiwar activist’s letter to himself

The world is all sorts of wrong; we antiwar activists are all lone voices shouting into the wind, decrying the insanity that is the consensus.

In a world addicted to strife and violence, our message of peace is ignored, obscured, and even derided. In a moment of self-doubt, we question the worth of our struggle. No wonder, for our rhetoric and actions — motivated by an intense sense of fairness, justice, and love for all mankind — are condemned as messages of hate and meaningless agitation. We risk our livelihoods and futures in a society inconvenienced by the truth; a society willing to resort to tools of tyranny to suppress our dissension.

Yet we must keep shouting, keep decrying, until our voices become hoarse. And then our actions will speak for us — we must keep acting, keep agitating, keep dissenting until the last ounce of strength and will escapes us. Only when our bodies do fail us, must we finally fall into silence.

But a life’s work for the promotion of peace, non-violence, and non-intervention will not be in vain. For the sum of all our rhetoric and agitation will linger in our ideas. So long that people can be fair, can be just, and can love someone else, our ideas will spread. The permanence of our ideas will outlast our frail bodies — and it is this bit of hope that makes this moral struggle so worthwhile.

I just moved to Los Angeles

I found a nice apartment just a block away from South Park, which technically places me in the official ghetto of South Central Los Angeles.

Actually, I am not sure… this college is just southwest of me (my building is north of Washington, but south of the I-10) and it is considered South Park.

If you are from this area, please let me know. We ought to hang out and agitate together.