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May 26, 2009

Followed the happenings in SF this morning via twitter, reading posts from 1struggle1fight (http://twitter.com/1Struggle1Fight) as they blocked the street and were arrested. It was a strange experience to read posts knowing that the poster would be arrested soon. The last post (presumably before the arrest) was a link to this picture:
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The girl in the middle is named Flik and is being arrested. I like it. I guess partly because she’s short with a long braid, reminding me of someone else… but also because she’s so very young, and willing to get arrested for what she believes. For the first time I find myself looking at events like this wanting to get protective of the ‘kids’ doing the protesting.
By all accounts the cops were being very good about everything (most officers there are gay), so I have no fears for the safety of Flik or any of the others arrested. Hope to hear from the twitterer (tweeter?) soon about how the time in jail went

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    May 27, 2009 4:25 am

    Youth…not so much….
    Though I admire the girls effort, I gotta say I am not in support of anyone under 18 getting arrested for nonviolent protest. Not because they are not worthy of those opinions but because youth correctional facilities are so heinous in their treatment of youth. Where as a jail/holding cell for 18+ its usually stamp the papers and get on with it sometimes charges are pressed, most of the time the charges are dropped. For youth, the correctional facility does not discriminate between a delinquent and someone who chooses civil disobedience and goes for the “scared straight tactic.” Don’t get me wrong, I am all for people standing up for the cause and getting arrested. I just think the treatment of youth does not match the “crime.” –Megan

  2. May 27, 2009 7:27 am

    Re: Youth…not so much….
    Oh they were released in time to make the evening march, which they knew going into it. You don’t get sent to prison for blocking a street. Each got a couple of fines for various things, and sent on their way. Lawyers were already in line to represent them should it go differently, but there were no charges to press that involved jail time so it wasn’t really a worry.
    Of course it’d be different if they were lining up to get thrown in prison for a while. Then they’d be telling the kids to go away.

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