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Jane Hamsher, Bill McKibben And Others Arrested At White House Tar Sands Protest

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 20, 2011

Jane Arrested at the White House Tar Sands Protest (photo by @josh_nelson)

Jane Hamsher, Dan Choi, and Bill McKibben were continuing their ongoing Powershift action “What To Do When The President Is Not That Into You” by taking part in the Tar Sands protest in front of the White House this morning.

Jane was livestreaming the event and attempting to live-tweet it as well, but those plans were interrupted by the mass arrests of her, Bill McKibben, and several other participants.

More as we know it.

9 Responses to “Jane Hamsher, Bill McKibben And Others Arrested At White House Tar Sands Protest”

  1. luci1119 said

    Wowwwwwwwwww, I can’t believe them.

  2. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

    • So you really think that arresting people for exercising their First Amendment rights is a good thing?

      Thanks for your tacit admission that you do not believe in democracy. Carry on!

  3. Charles II said

    Jane is walking the walk.

    I just finished Dorothy Day’s autobiography, The Long Loneliness, in which she describes being arrested for protesting Wilson over Suffrage and ending up in a hellhole. The detainees went on a hunger strike.

    Plus ca change…

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  5. Anything for attention and to try to get the money rolling in

    • Charles II said

      Yes, that’s why everyone works so hard to go to jail.

      You should try it some time.

      • No kidding. Particularly when this sort of peaceful protest was typically treated, even during the hyper-paranoid Bush Years when the War on Terror was used to excuse all sorts of tramplings on the Constitution and human beings, as something that rated only a fine, a ticket, and a quick release:

        http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2011/08/21/us-park-police-seek-to-intimidate-oil-pipeline-protesters/

      • Charles II said

        Yes, it’s an abuse of the law, PW. I believe (but can’t find a source to substantiate the belief) that the tactic of jailing White House protestors for offenses that are normally dealt with more leniently has been used before– as I mentioned, it was used as long ago as 1917– but it’s clearly an abuse of power.

        I hope Obama gets a lot of negative press for it. When the people at the top refuse to allow assembly for the purpose of redress of grievances, they have made of themselves monarchs.

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