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January 30, 2012
I am impressed by Jabriera Handy's story of her experience in jail and her work today as a youth organizer ("Occupy right to question youth jail plan," Jan. 23). Remarkably, she does not sound bitter, but rather, at a young age, has turned her experience into fuel for activism. Baltimore does not need a youth jail. My only bone to pick with what she writes is her reluctance to approve of civil disobedience as a form of protest against the planned jail. I don't know the details of how the Occupy folks conducted themselves, but civil disobedience is a time-honored, dignified form of speech.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Carrie Evans, the executive director of Equality Maryland, was arrested at an immigration reform rally in Washington on Thursday afternoon, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization said. The arrest wasn't surprising , as Evans had announced earlier this week that she planned to participate in a collective act of civil disobedience in front of the White House with marchers from Casa de Maryland and other social justice organizations. The event Thursday, which began in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, was dubbed the #FightforFamilies march.
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By Kent John Chabotar | November 10, 2003
Respect the laws of the state but let your first loyalty be to God's purposes. If you feel impelled by strong conviction to break the law, search your conscience deeply. Ask your meeting for the prayerful support which will give you strength as a right way becomes clear. - Quaker Faith & Practice (Britain Yearly Meeting) GREENSBORO, N.C. - The national media have focused a spotlight on Guilford College in recent weeks because of actions by a student, junior Nathaniel T. Heatwole, claiming "civil disobedience" as his motive in connection with allegedly taking dangerous weapons aboard aircraft.
NEWS
June 3, 2014
Your editorial urging Edward Snowden to return and face the consequences of his civil disobedience would have been appropriate as recently as 15 years ago ( "Snowden speaks," May 30). Back then, there was a country called the United States of America that did not practice torture, conduct secret trials, detain suspects indefinitely and execute citizens without trial. Unfortunately, if you want Mr. Snowden to return to that country, you'll have to provide him with a time machine.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2003
In response to concerns about how eight war protesters were treated after they were arrested this month in Towson, Maryland Sen. James Brochin wrote a letter to Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan asking officers to be more sensitive to acts of civil disobedience. Eight war protesters were arrested March 1 at Towson Town Center and charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. After their arrest, they said they spent 14 hours shackled in a Baltimore County police lockup without food, access to a phone or to a judge.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN REPORTER | September 27, 2006
WASHINGTON --The Rev. Andrew Foster Connors remained calm yesterday as a police officer put his hands in white plastic handcuffs and searched his pockets after he crossed a police line outside the U.S. Capitol. Less than an hour later, the Rev. Roger Scott Powers was also led away in handcuffs from the interfaith demonstration against the war in Iraq in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. The two Presbyterian ministers from Baltimore were among 71 people who were detained yesterday as they protested the war in Iraq - and continued Baltimore's long tradition of civil disobedience against wars.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 3, 1998
LOS ANGELES -- The regulars at the Studio Lounge in Hollywood are cabbies, retired government employees, old soldiers. The white-haired guy at the end of the bar, Jim Fults, served in Korea.They are much more likely to be Republicans than rebels. But that was before the politicians decided that as of Jan. 1, smoking in virtually every bar, nightclub and hotel lobby in California is illegal."This is still America," Fults said as he defiantly lighted his third cigarette in five minutes Thursday, the first day of the new year and the new law, the toughest anti-smoking measure in the United States.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | April 7, 2003
The instructions were clear: Do not wear a hood. If you are dragged by police you could be choked. No shoelaces. You might have to give them up in jail. Be sure to eat breakfast and dress warmly with layers. Extra shirts can be used as pillows. With brief training, the group that now calls itself the Garmatz 40 went to the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Courthouse in downtown Baltimore last month and prepared to become the largest collection of anti-war protesters in the city to be arrested for civil disobedience since the Vietnam era. They succeeded.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Carrie Evans, the executive director of Equality Maryland, was arrested at an immigration reform rally in Washington on Thursday afternoon, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization said. The arrest wasn't surprising , as Evans had announced earlier this week that she planned to participate in a collective act of civil disobedience in front of the White House with marchers from Casa de Maryland and other social justice organizations. The event Thursday, which began in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, was dubbed the #FightforFamilies march.
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By Deborah Bach and Deborah Bach,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | April 14, 2000
WASHINGTON -- It's not difficult to spot Han Shan. Just look for the guy with the cell phone attached to his ear. Shan carries two of them, and the calls come and go almost constantly. Pacing and talking at the downtown Washington space where activist groups have converged in preparation for Monday's World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meeting, Shan stands out amid the sea of piercings and dreadlocks. Clean-cut in a crisp blue shirt, his brown hair cropped and tidy, the 27-year-old looks more like a mover and shaker on the ladder up than a political agitator.
NEWS
May 29, 2014
Accused National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was handed a golden opportunity to justify himself Wednesday when he was asked by NBC's Brian Williams whether the American public should view his unauthorized release of thousands of classified U.S. government documents to the media as a principled act of civil disobedience or as a betrayal of his country — and he blew it. The interview, taped last week, took place at a hotel in Moscow, where...
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June 27, 2013
The longer former National Security Agency contract employee Edward Snowden stays holed up in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport while Russian President Vladimir Putin cynically proclaims him a martyr to freedom of speech and expression, the less Mr. Snowden looks like a hero and the more he looks like a traitor, a spy and a rogue employee intent on betraying his country's secrets for the self-aggrandizing rewards of...
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June 21, 2013
The NSA's claim about how surveillance programs have thwarted terrorists ("Programs disrupted 50 plots, NSA says," June 19) warrants further scrutiny as does the claim by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger that the leaker did "tremendous damage. " On the matter of 50 plots being thwarted, the specifics should be revealed to the public. Were these "plots" significant, or do they include planned civil disobedience by the Occupy movement or tea party? Was this NSA program necessary in each of the supposed 50 plots?
NEWS
June 20, 2013
Did Maryland legalize recreational marijuana use when I wasn't paying attention? It's the only explanation for Del. Jon Cardin's rant, "Maryland's lawless sheriffs" (June 17). Law officers have been selectively enforcing laws since Day 1. Maryland had over 500 auto deaths last year, but the speed limits on her roads are not enforced. At any given time on her major roadways speed limit compliance is lucky to be 5 percent, and this is not a news flash. Civil disobedience is a weapon used to get bad laws repealed.
NEWS
January 30, 2012
The ultimatum by the Obama Administration's Department of Health and Human Services to Christian church groups (and by implication Christian medical personal) to abandon their faith exposes further its increasingly totalitarian pagan character ("Fight over birth control," Jan. 26). This state-against-the-church conflict increasingly resembles aspects of German church history of the 1930s. Until 1934, most German churches supported Chancellor Adolf Hitler'spromise to restore Germany'seconomy and honor.
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By Mike Adams and Mike Adams,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 20, 2003
WASHINGTON - As the world's mightiest military machine prepared to unleash its fury on Iraq, Suzanne Fontanesi stood in front of the White House and prayed for all the world's soldiers. "Protect all combatants throughout the world," she said. "Protect them with the shield of your strength and keep them safe from all evil and harm. May the power of your love enable them to them to return home in safety, that with all who love them, they may ever praise you for your loving care." Yesterday, before the bombing in Iraq began, anti-war protesters took their battle to the halls of Congress and to Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1998
It was 30 years ago yesterday that a group of nine Catholic activists broke into the offices of the Selective Service on Frederick Road in Catonsville, seized draft records and burned them in the parking lot using homemade napalm.The action on May 17, 1968, by the Catonsville Nine, who were arrested and tried in federal court in Baltimore, became a nationwide cause celebre that led to as many as 100 similar actions in protest of the Vietnam War.The leaders were siblings who were Roman Catholic priests, Daniel and Philip Berrigan, who became known colloquially as the Berrigan brothers.
NEWS
January 30, 2012
I am impressed by Jabriera Handy's story of her experience in jail and her work today as a youth organizer ("Occupy right to question youth jail plan," Jan. 23). Remarkably, she does not sound bitter, but rather, at a young age, has turned her experience into fuel for activism. Baltimore does not need a youth jail. My only bone to pick with what she writes is her reluctance to approve of civil disobedience as a form of protest against the planned jail. I don't know the details of how the Occupy folks conducted themselves, but civil disobedience is a time-honored, dignified form of speech.
NEWS
December 19, 2011
The Sun in its recent editorial ("Time for Phase II," Dec. 14), tells us that Occupy Baltimore protesters need to become "mainstream," that camping out in downtown Baltimore accomplished nothing and city residents were "perplexed" by the actions of the protesters. Some of the tactics the protesters used may have seemed over-the-top, but they created an awareness of issues that likely would not have been noticed using conventional, mainstream methods of protest. The civil rights movement and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s relied on nonviolent, civil disobedience to accomplish their goals of equality for African Americans and an end to the war in Vietnam.
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