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Part 2: Photo Essay: Heroes Fighting for Single Payer Arrested in Philly For Civil Disobedience

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continuation from Part 1 Photo Essay: Heroes Fighting for Single Payer Arrested in Philly For Civil Disobedience


The police prepare-- How many cuffs will be needed.

Lt. Konczyk of the Philly Police Civil Affairs unit gives the protesters the first of the standard three warnings. Konczyk is the same officer who did the count-down for the people arrested at the Army Experience Center Protest on September 12. We think he is the one who ordered the arrest of OEN managing editor, Cheryl Biren, when she was photographing protesters. At the BC/BS protest, I could hear him and see him directing the plain clothes and uniformed police on the scene. The photographer directly behind him is from the Philadelphia Inquirer. A Daily News reporter was also there, new to the health beat-- didn't know who Wendell Potter-- a Philly person-- was. I guess it's better than not having anyone cover health care. The company that owns the Philly Inquirer and Daily News is in bankruptcy, and it's owned by right wingers. Progressives have pretty low expectations from them, except for a few writers, like Will Bunch. I mean, the Inquirer hired on John Yoo and Rick Santorum as columnists. I'm sure they're brilliant writers. NOT!!


Arrests begin. Most of those arrested seemed to be experiencing joy, laughing, being applauded by onlooking protesters who were not engaging in civil disobedience.

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To me, too many of the onlooking protesters were focusing on the handcuffing when they should have been watching for the police to be taking the arrested on their perp walk, and they should have all been cheering them. One teabagger called them traitors. I replied, loudly, "they're heroes," and the crowd picked up on it, echoing my sentiments. But somehow if there was more pre-planning and discipline, even handouts given to the protesters, with instructions, the effect of cheering for those arrested for civil disobedience could have been more powerful. They deserved it. Still, it was clear that those arrested were well prepared. There HAD been a planning meeting earlier in the week.

This sense of joy, of being part of something important and meaningful, while being arrested, is oft reported.


13 were arrested altogether-- 12 of them seemed to be under 25.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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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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