From the March to the Cell: Washington, D.C. 9/15/07 by Guinea: The 1930’s Smut Peddler

Thanks for your courage and patriotism and that of the others who were arrested for civil disobedience. Without your civil disobedience there would have been no news coverage of this huge event. It’s shameful that our media is that blatantly dishonest in its reporting of the news. Love to you all. ~ Lo

Guinea: The 1930’s Smut Peddler

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Guinea’s blog post

I don’t know where to begin but I’ll just give you what I got…. It started off at the White House with friends of old and new. As soon as I arrived I placed a 9/11 Truth bumper sticker on a D.C officer’s patrol car . There was your speakers as usual there, also your stickers, posters, and people handing out flyers. Then the march began with a crowd ranging as far with no end in sight. Shouts, chants and songs along the way to the U.S. Capitol. On the sides of the march there were counter pro-war protesters, which were so easily drowned out by our loud voices, calling them cowards for not being there fighting the war they support so much. Also D.C.’s finest thought it would be cute to drive their motorcycles through our march coming in through the front of the march.

So we arrive at the Capitol Building. Standing right up front along the barricades…. hollering at the police for siding with the enemy… A staged die in took place outside the barricade to represent the fallen brothers and sisters we lost to this war. All of a sudden a group of officers with shields and the whole nine, started shoving at me and those around me… so of course no one stood for that shit, because we were permitted to be there. Next thing you know… one by one people hopped the barricades and were also detained one by one. The Iraq Veterans Against the War kicked things off as others from the crowd hopped over as well, including myself. As they detained me, friends of mine started a chant “Let Guinea Go!” which spread out and was pretty loud.

They brought us up to the top, around the side, of the Capitol, where we were being detained for the time being… it started off as a small bunch of us continuing our chants and songs… which ended up being from what I am told 196 of us.

Some may say that I’m an idiot for hopping the barricade and some already have, haha, but I was with nothing but the finest of people. They put us on a bus to the holding cell which actually fit a room of 196 people. Some of us slipped our hand out and were helping each other slip out of the plastic ties, used as handcuffs from behind our backs. We were treated pretty good by some but by other officers, they were nothing but the dumbest of Nazis.

Amongst us were people of all shapes and sizes, 2 deaf men, though hearing impaired were obviously not mentally impaired, standing up for what they believe in. Col. Ann Wright sitting next to me, you may remember her from owning Bill O’Reilly on his own fake news show and Iraq Veterans Against the War’s Geoffrey Millard, Vietnam veterans, members of the Code Pink organization, an elderly woman, age 84, also jumped the barricade and ended up with us, and many many more unique, bright and courageous patriots. We all made 195 friends that day and all stuck together even in the holding cell… disobeying the officers, when they would tell us to shut up and sit down, everyone stood up and screamed… if someone hollered at an officer for standing there and not processing anyone, and they wanted to take them away to another cell… the whole crowd would stand up and have that person’s back… As the frightened officers, maybe 30 of them, had no choice but to leave the people be. We did the wave, we cheered, ripped apart D.C.’s dumbest with childish humor and outwitting them as well. One was trying to tell us that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wouldn’t act as we did, and has never committed a crime… I guess he thought he was amongst an uneducated crowd, I think we took away all his self esteem and soul after that one, haha… Constant bashing towards the officers as they held us for 12 hours and some still there when I was released, not even beginning the processing until after 6 hours. So right off the bat, they had a feisty bunch on their hands… We had water but no food, and the bathrooms we were allowed to use was a porto-john, which we had to keep open so the officers could watch us. We were making music using our aluminum chairs we were sitting on, stomping and clapping and had all 196 participating. We sang, we chanted, booed, cheered, joked and rebelled… and we stuck by each others side, letting the officers know who they work for and reminding them who pays their bills. As each person was finally processed, which was a long process, we all said our good-byes to the person leaving with a roaring cheer, as each one would walk out the door, they raised their fist, a peace sign or a wave.

Maybe you may look at being arrested as a bad thing… but that was one of the proudest things I have ever been a part of. That was what being an American was all about. Finally being released at around 5am or so, as I left they cheered from the inside and I was greeted from the outside of the building by a cheering little crowd, including my friends who waited for me for 12 hours in the cold. Loyal friends, sorry about that and thank you!

To those that I may or may not ever see again… You won’t be forgotten… and no one could ever take that long moment away from us. True patriotism and one big instant family. Hopefully it was a blueprint for something more extravagant to come in the future.

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny, when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
~Thomas Jefferson

and in fact, they feared us.

see:

September 15, 2007 Antiwar Rally, March and Die-In (long video) + 73 Photos from the Sept. 15 Antiwar Rally + Iraq Veterans Arrested (videos)

Cindy Sheehan: We Have Had Enough! + War Protesters vs. Capitol Police + Rev. Lennox Yearwood: War Is Obsolete! (videos)

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