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Great news! I was honored by Young Americans for Liberty as their Best Blogger of the Year (2011-2012)!

Great news! I was honored by Young Americans for Liberty as their Best Blogger of the Year (2011-2012)!

If you are a liberty-loving student, please read our posts and find out more about our mission at www.yaliberty.org.

About Young Americans for Liberty

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses. With more than 300 chapters and 26,000 student activists nationwide, YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of liberty and the Constitution.

This is not a new beginning but a continuation of a youth movement already brewing in this country. Our objective is to facilitate its success.

Memorial Day

So, I received an award from the Veterans for Peace for “outstanding service” in activism.

The text on the plaque reads: “We cherish your leadership and devoted service to protect individual liberty and Constitutional rights. We salute your devotion to peace, social justice, and [O]ccupy movement.”

I was also recognized by the Mayor and City Council of Cathedral City, as well as the California State Assembly for the same.

I think the last one is rather funny. California recognizes my work in the Occupy movement after arresting me, charging me, dragging me through trial for the same actions.

May Day Rally in Los Angeles

Occupy Los Angeles’ May Day rally at Pershing Square. At least, nine police helicopters hovered over the protesters with a sizable police presence on the ground surrounding the area.

It was really festive, calm, with Occupy Los Angeles organizers expressing solidarity with labor unions and other groups. Right after they reiterated that “no one should speak for you,” they handed out lyrics to some song and ordered everyone to sing it. I handed out the lyrics, “Here are some words for your mouth.”

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 could get 180 days in jail for occupying

Tell me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like:

Four of the five Occupy Coachella Valley protesters accused of camping in a Palm Desert park without a permit as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement could face up to 180 days in jail, if convicted.

Mary Elizabeth Walker, 22, Stephen Finger, 58, Jayel Aheram, a 27-year-old who is known as Jack Lee Noftsger III, all of Palm Desert, Dustin David Powell, 29, and Ryan Cartwright, 21, both of Palm Springs, face a misdemeanor charge of unlawful assembly.

All but Aheram have pleaded not guilty, because his arraignment is not scheduled until Jan. 17.

Cartwright faces two additional counts of resisting a police officer, which means he could face up to a year in prison.

FILE PHOTO: Jayel Aheram, an organizer of the Occupy Coachella Valley group, protests in Palm Desert, Calif. on Oct. 24, 2011.

I was also told that the sheriff’s department printed out copies of my Facebook statuses as part of their police report. Can we say creepy?