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135 Arrested For Civil Disobedience at White House; 40 Sec. Video and Ray McGovern Interview

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This is the first installment of a collection of images, videos and impressions of the action at the White House today by OpEdNews.com Editor in Chief Rob Kall and Managing Editor Cheryl Biren.


Today, 131 rebels were arrested for civil disobedience at the snow covered gates of the White House, including Daniel Ellsberg, Ray McGovern, Chris Hedges, Margaret Flowers, Coleen Rowley, Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans and scores of veterans and supporters from WWII, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan... The message chanted in the freezing, 22 degree F snowy day was "Obama, Troops Out. End the War."


People who have engaged in civil disobedience routinely describe how it can literally produce a "high" like a religious experience. Here, you can see the people, knowing they are going to be arrested, virtually all of them having been arrested before-- thoroughly enjoying themselves. From Left to right: Top Row: Ray McGovern, Daniel Ellsberg, Chris Hedges, Margaret Flowers. Bottom Row: Debra Sweet, Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin (Photo by Rob Kall)




At the White House gate, one protester used a bicycle lock to lock himself to the gate. Another used a chain with links at least half an inch in diameter chained himself to a post. Apparently, the handcuffs many had intended to use to chain themselves to the fence were confiscated.

Protesters coordinated the protest with the DC police, discussing details and logistics.

The first to be arrested appeared the most elder and frail-- a kindness by the police, considering that a lot of snow was coming down and it was a soggy 22 degrees F-- after over three hours exposed the elements. Several protesters refused to walk, so they were dragged by the police to be photographed, put on a bus and later released.

I spoke to Ray McGovern, a bit before ten tonight, to find out what happened to the protesters. His report and comments on the protest are below:

We were put on a bus, then taken to the Park police depot, searched, groped more in depth than ever before.

Gave personal data, and had to choose whether to pay $100 and plead guilty or plead not guilty and go to court (later.) I chose the latter.

Commenting on the turnout and the number of people participating in civil disobedience, McGovern commented, "It's more than anyone really expected. I was glad we did it.

I asked Ray about what he hoped to see come of the exercise in civil disobedience. He replied, "There's a saying that hope is the twin. Augustin said that hope has two daughters-- anger and courage.
What we have seen in our policy is a lot of anger, But anger is not enough, you've got to have courage.

The basic flaw in the body politic is that it is malnourished on genuine information, so the attitude that expresses itself by people saying Americans can't handle the truth. Well that isn't very clear because Americans haven't been given the truth. So the jury is out on whether or not Americans can handle the truth. But the issue is now joined because there is a fifth estate, namely Wikileaks and sites like it that are making information available to US citizens.

Once the citizenry becomes informed, in an unbiased way, about what is really going on, perhaps they'll do something.

Once the citizenry realized our military are being brutalized themselves.

There are more deaths from suicide than they are for war.

We want people to ask themselves what we're doing out there.

Hoping to be faithful and bring attention to this and leave it in the hands of the higher power that people's hearts will be touched, they will realize the one thing we've turned a blind eye to the thousands of other prisoners who have been tortured by other Iraqis. That we've killed at the very least 100,000 civilians... by the most stringent estimates.

Others who participated in the civil disobedience action expressed hope that the example set here would encourage others, across the country to take action at a time when elected officials are no longer accountable.


 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Yes, it does. As I watched the resisters standing ... by Sheila Parks on Thursday, Dec 16, 2010 at 10:07:08 PM
This was civil resistance, not civil disobedience.... by Pete Perry on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:38:56 AM
Dear Pete,Thanks for this distinction. I really di... by Sheila Parks on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 3:17:15 PM
I have been saying all along that it is biased inf... by Allen Oliver on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 8:33:53 AM
'In wilderness is preservation of the world.'p.s.T... by Ned Lud on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 11:02:11 AM
This was a peaceful protest, civilized resistance ... by Otay on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 1:31:36 PM
with at least 100 people, and no one was arrested.... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 5:15:39 PM
I totally wish I could have joined them. This is s... by Linda C. Martin on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 1:33:55 PM
I've taken the liberty of posting the link of this... by Dak on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 1:37:37 PM
Kudos to our real heros. I try to do one act of ci... by kay solomon on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 1:45:00 PM
I have a friend who's been saying for years, "If y... by Techknowledgie on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:23:17 PM
only what is enforced. That should be obvious as y... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 5:57:45 PM
We should think about taking on the media, maybe o... by Joe Walsh on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 2:50:34 PM
On another blog I suggested that it would be a goo... by Marika on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 10:53:12 AM
Article one, ..." the right of the people peaceabl... by shirley reese on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 3:58:26 PM
I don't understand where the "disobedience" comes ... by Techknowledgie on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:19:07 PM
Dam* straight, Tech;"I really don't understand the... by Otay on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 12:10:54 PM
There were many people there that didn't get arres... by Elaine Brower on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:22:26 PM
We are here.Elaine, thank you.your friend,Ned Lud... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Dec 19, 2010 at 7:04:55 AM
I am so sorry to hear about those that got arreste... by Debbie S on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:22:39 PM
but gangs can murder border guards and we need to ... by Michael Morris on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:22:57 PM
There won't be peace without justice. Keep gettin... by Joe Giambrone on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 4:55:30 PM
The DC police need to read the US Constitution Bil... by frank69 on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 5:09:48 PM
would be fired. At least Hitlers' SS were able to... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 6:07:35 PM
Why Are the So Many Demonstrators Smiling? People ... by Jay Janson on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 6:20:16 PM
Would you have people be miserable all the time, e... by Rob Kall on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 7:46:51 PM
It's easy for the privileged "activists" in the US... by Gary Kutcher on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 6:01:45 PM
There was nothing "privileged" about the majority ... by Cheryl Biren on Monday, Dec 20, 2010 at 4:05:39 PM
Cheryl.Methinks that you entirely missed my point.... by Gary Kutcher on Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 at 6:14:43 PM
disgusted by the obama administration. talking to ... by Cheryl Biren on Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 at 6:30:35 PM
i understood what you were saying, i was simply re... by Cheryl Biren on Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 at 10:47:46 PM
"The message chanted in the freezing, 22 degree F ... by Rixar13 on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 9:32:18 PM
135 Arrested For Civil Disobedience at White House... by Rixar13 on Friday, Dec 17, 2010 at 9:35:00 PM
Rob Kall wrote: "Protesters coordinated the protes... by Deacon Solomon on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 12:09:53 AM
I mentioned this because it is not uncommon. I gue... by Rob Kall on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 7:46:05 AM
I did not hear a thing about this from the msm. I ... by Peter Duveen on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 9:06:10 AM
Rob writes: "The police are not the enemy."Talk a... by Deacon Solomon on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 10:14:46 AM
I know they are people-- that some are honest and ... by Rob Kall on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 10:37:32 AM
I'm sorry I called attention to your seeming hypoc... by Deacon Solomon on Sunday, Dec 19, 2010 at 3:17:15 AM
You both are seeing things, legitimately, from you... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Dec 19, 2010 at 6:36:32 AM
That's complete bullshit. OpEdNews didn't "stage-m... by Cheryl Biren on Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 at 7:56:46 AM
regarding "One day you will learn about the police... by Cheryl Biren on Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 at 8:26:52 AM
see his quotes in our quotation database. Part of ... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 at 8:01:25 AM
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Shame on you. There is a vast difference between ... by Sheila Samples on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 12:08:39 PM
The last meaningful "uprising" of the people in th... by Mary Pitt on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 12:45:34 PM
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conditioned to believe that, but didn't they just ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 11:34:36 AM
since this was so well coordinated and agreed to w... by Bugger on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 5:44:35 PM
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Thanks, and forgive me for being so naive and trus... by Bugger on Sunday, Dec 19, 2010 at 9:52:14 AM
illegal orders, the police would not have arrested... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Sunday, Dec 19, 2010 at 3:22:28 PM
We have learned from the Civil Rights, Anti-Vietna... by Paul Roden on Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010 at 9:05:20 AM
These wonderful souls are the perfect example of w... by Elizabeth Grieco on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 8:26:28 AM
but maybe just the beginning of awareness..... the... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 10:03:40 AM
What exactly is civil disobedience? Is it a place... by Sylvia Barksdale on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 2:36:08 PM
Civil disobedience is intentionally breaking the l... by Paul Roden on Thursday, Dec 23, 2010 at 6:52:52 AM
KUDOS to "The Gang!" Wish I could have been there... by John Russell on Saturday, Dec 18, 2010 at 11:55:31 PM
If there is an oz. of decency in our government... by GUY P. FRASER on Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010 at 3:47:08 PM
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