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Let us entertain you! Ride our rollercoaster: Here comes a Stay. No here comes an execution.   A Stay? No! The camera pans to area behind the journalist and zooms in on protesters in the dark. Sirens sound and a stream of blue lights. More troopers and local police!

"The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the court is denied."

We have given him a physical and we are giving him a little cocktail now: sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride.

And remember: We have the maze, the tasers, and the bullets--the keys to the prison!

Are we not the people of the United States or are we on Death Row too--sentenced to harassment, torture and death if we dare think, question, witness and protest?   Look world! Look at what democracy means in the United States! Look at Fascism in the United States! Look at what happens, as Angela Davis notes, when a "political event is reduced to a criminal event in order to affirm the absolute invulnerability of the existing order"! (If They Come for Me in the Morning).


Sign at Occupy Wall Street, NYC photo by Rob Kall

Storm the Bastille!

"Thanks to the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, the expanded powers Congress granted to the NSA, and the new constellations of law enforcement, our First Amendment rights and Fourth Amendment rights have taken a big hit," writes Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, September 10, 2011). The "warrantless spying" of the NSA under Bush II, "has now become legal by an act of Congress. The Foreign Intelligence Court is even more of a rubberstamp than ever before." The Joint Terrorism Task Forces "have turned campus police, city cops, and sheriffs essentially into FBI agents," and Fusion Centers "combine the most local law enforcement with the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA into what the ACLU calls "the total surveillance society.'"

We not only Troy Anthony Davis, with each installment of repressive measures, we are each receiving our sentencing: the Death Penalty! Some of us are on Death Row! The wonton disregard for the health of citizens has sentenced many to death by cancer-inducing chemicals that contaminate our water and air or from the lack of employment, housing, food, the Empire's trade in drugs and weapons, and its enlistment of our young to fight in its arenas of war.

And yet, we have protested and witnessed the atrocities of the Iron Heel in designated spaces while it has dared us to move!

Storm the Bastille!

Imagine if in the dark, on the grounds of that Georgia prison, U.S. citizens straightened up and moved collectively forward--in the dark, U.S. citizens approaching the prison doors.   Hundreds of thousands of angry workers before us, hundreds of thousand civil rights marchers before us, joined with millions around the world.

Storm the Bastille!

If we had the courage to move beyond the barricades, if we had the courage to defy the plutocracy and its legions of armed thugs, if we had the courage to defy the senseless rage of the Empire, we would say no more petitions and pleading to the deaf. We are organizing with our brothers and sisters in Germany, in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Iceland, France, England, Chile, and Guatemala.

There we are, among the world's millions! There we are strong in numbers! We are organizing, organizing, organizing to create a government that serves the people! We are organizing, organizing, organizing until one day, to echo Sergio Vieira, "colonialism and imperialism/are only words which are found/in a dictionary of archaic terms" ("Four Parts for A Poem on Education").

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Dr. Lenore J. Daniels, Black Commentator, Editorial Board and Columnist, Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory

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If we do not dare everything, the fulfillment of... by Lenore Daniels on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 8:45:48 AM