The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on June 23, 2010, that allows Congress to restrict free speech for Americans. The Supreme Court justices are appointed as guardians of the Constitution, which provides that Congress shall make no law limiting free speech and press, the right to peaceful assembly, and free exercise of religion. Another assault on the First Amendment occurred on June 27, 2010. The 111th Congress voted to give the president's office the right to shut down the Internet in America - for security, of course. Below is a historic speech by a freedom fighter of another time, Frederick Douglass. His "Plea for Free Speech" addresses the importance of freedom of expression, another right that is being taken from Americans, supposedly to save us from terrorism. I have been censored for years to prevent my advocacy to decriminalize mental illness in America and expose The Cochran Firm fraud on minority citizens nationwide. Today, I discovered that my PC is not allowed to use WiFi services at McDonald's restaurants. My PCs are illegally put on a workgroup domain over which I am not the administrator. Then persons who censor my advocacy for equal justice and human rights exercise control over my Internet input. I use the Internet away from home because I experience more interference when working online at home, where my PC is illegally controlled by remote access. See videos of my real-time cyber censorship at my YouTube channel - jkempp703, and read more about censorship to prevent my advocacy to help the least of these, His brethren, throughout my Care2 sharebook and at my blog (see the links below). I pray that you never have to endure assaults on your freedom of expression like I do. I believe government restrictions on the right to communicate freely negate the democratic process and such restrictions are a prelude to outright slavery.
A Plea for Free Speech
by Frederick Douglass (1817?-1895)
Boston is a great city - and Music Hall has a fame almost as extensive as that of Boston. Nowhere more than here have the principles of human freedom been expounded. But for the circumstances already mentioned, it would seem almost presumption for me to say anything here about those principles. And yet, even here, in Boston, the moral atmosphere is dark and heavy. The principles of human liberty, even I correctly apprehended, find but limited support in this hour a trial. The world moves slowly, and Boston is much like the world. We thought the principle of free speech was an accomplished fact. Here, if nowhere else, we thought the right of the people to assemble and to express their opinion was secure. Dr. Channing had defended the right, Mr. Garrison had practically asserted the right, and Theodore Parker had maintained it with steadiness and fidelity to the last.
But here we are to-day contending for what we thought we gained years ago. The mortifying and disgraceful fact stares us in the face, that though Faneuil Hall and Bunker Hill Monument stand, freedom of speech is struck down. No lengthy detail of facts is needed. They are already notorious; far more so than will be wished ten years hence.
The world knows that last Monday a meeting assembled to discuss the question: "How Shall Slavery Be Abolished?" The world also knows that that meeting was invaded, insulted, captured by a mob of gentlemen, and thereafter broken up and dispersed by the order of the mayor, who refused to protect it, though called upon to do so. If this had been a mere outbreak of passion and prejudice among the baser sort, maddened by rum and hounded on by some wily politician to serve some immediate purpose, - a mere exceptional affair, - it might be allowed to rest with what has already been said. But the leaders of the mob were gentlemen. They were men who pride themselves upon their respect for law and order.
These gentlemen brought their respect for the law with them and proclaimed it loudly while in the very act of breaking the law. Theirs was the law of slavery. The law of free speech and the law for the protection of public meetings they trampled under foot, while they greatly magnified the law of slavery.
The scene was an instructive one. Men seldom see such a blending of the gentleman with the rowdy, as was shown on that occasion. It proved that human nature is very much the same, whether in tarpaulin or broadcloth. Nevertheless, when gentlemen approach us in the character of lawless and abandoned loafers, - assuming for the moment their manners and tempers, - they have themselves to blame if they are estimated below their quality.
No right was deemed by the fathers of the Government more sacred than the right of speech. It was in their eyes, as in the eyes of all thoughtful men, the great moral renovator of society and government. Daniel Webster called it a homebred right, a fireside privilege. Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power. Thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, founded in injustice and wrong, are sure to tremble, if men are allowed to reason of righteousness, temperance, and of a judgment to come in their presence. Slavery cannot tolerate free speech. Five years of its exercise would banish the auction block and break every chain in the South. They will have none of it there, for they have the power. But shall it be so here?
Even here in Boston, and among the friends of freedom, we hear two voices: one denouncing the mob that broke up our meeting on Monday as a base and cowardly outrage; and another, deprecating and regretting the holding of such a meeting, by such men, at such a time. We are told that the meeting was ill-timed, and the parties to it unwise.
Why, what is the matter with us? Are we going to palliate and excuse a palpable and flagrant outrage on the right of speech, by implying that only a particular description of persons should exercise that right? Are we, at such a time, when a great principle has been struck down, to quench the moral indignation which the deed excites, by casting reflections upon those on whose persons the outrage has been committed? After all the arguments for liberty to which Boston has listened for more than a quarter of a century, has she yet to learn that the time to assert a right is the time when the right itself is called in question, and that the men of all others to assert it are the men to whom the right has been denied?
It would be no vindication of the right of speech to prove that certain gentlemen of great distinction, eminent for their learning and ability, are allowed to freely express their opinions on all subjects - including the subject of slavery. Such a vindication would need, itself, to be vindicated. It would add insult to injury. Not even an old-fashioned abolition meeting could vindicate that right in Boston just now. There can be no right of speech where any man, however lifted up, or however humble, however young, or however old, is overawed by force, and compelled to suppress his honest sentiments.
Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. It is just as criminal to rob a man of his right to speak and hear as it would be to rob him of his money. I have no doubt that Boston will vindicate this right. But in order to do so, there must be no concessions to the enemy. When a man is allowed to speak because he is rich and powerful, it aggravates the crime of denying the right to the poor and humble.
The principle must rest upon its own proper basis. And until the right is accorded to the humblest as freely as to the most exalted citizen, the government of Boston is but an empty name, and its freedom a mockery. A man's right to speak does not depend upon where he was born or upon his color. The simple quality of manhood is the solid basis of the right - and there let it rest forever. _________
A 14-year-old Georgia child faces terrorism charges for drawing bad art in his special needs class. Shane Finn, an autistic boy, drew a stick figure that was pointing a gun. Autism is a brain disorder that affects American children in increasing numbers. Unfortunately, homelessness, prison, and death continue to be the usual outcome for middle class and poor people with mental dysfunctions in America. In fact, 1.25 million of the 2.3 million Americans behind bars have mental health issues. Read about Shane's introduction to America's mishandling of mental health problems in the article below by Mandi Milenko, of The Weekly Vice:
Sandy Springs, Georgia (The Weekly Vice) -Yet another student's drawing is causing chaos after 14-year-old Shane Finn, an autistic eighth grader with the mental capacity of a third grader, drew stick figures of himself shooting his teacher on a school assignment. He now faces terrorist charges.
According to Ridgeview Charter School officials, the boy turned an assignment in to his teacher with two stick figures drawn on it. One figure labeled "me" was pointing a gun at another figure, labeled "Hartman", which is the teacher's last name.
The child's mother, Karen Finn, stated that the autistic boy has an I.Q of 75 and does not understand that he has done anything wrong. She says that it was drawn where the teacher could easily see it. She admits that he does not have an appropriate way to express anger and frustration and this is obviously stemming from his disability. Though she is not proud of his artwork, she thinks the punishment is too severe and plans to fight the charges.
School authorities state that the boy was suspended. He is being charged with making terrorist threats, which is a felony, and will face a tribunal.
I was shopping in my neighborhood grocery store when a lovely little girl who was about eight years of age walked up to me and punched me hard in my stomach. I doubled over my basket in pain and surprise. The child stood staring at me with pretty eyes.
"Lisa, no!" a woman called and rushed to take her child's hand. "I'm so sorry," the distressed mom said to me. "Lisa is autistic."
"No problem," I told Lisa's mom, and smiled at the little girl. She waved at me as her mother led her away. Lisa's pigtails bounced as she skipped alongside her mom, secured with ribbons that matched her floral sundress.
As they left the cereal section, I considered what could happen to Lisa. When mentally challenged people commit assaults in the U.S.A., they are imprisoned. Parents of autistic children should be on the forefront for decriminalizing mental illness. Shane Finn is not the first autistic child to be criminalized for his dysfunction. The youngest person I know about being Tasered by police was a six-year-old autistic girl who police Tasered in her school. The following information is from the Quotable Quotes strand at Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill:
Children who have Autism are growing up at risk for incarceration. There are disturbing reports about children being tasered and arrested at school.
No one should be punished for having a disability.
Treatment is the alternative to criminalizing mental dysfunctions. Rep. Johnson (TX-30) introduced H.R. 619 to resume Medicaid payments for care in mental institutions (withdrawal of these funds helped cause hospital closings); and H.R. 766 to provide counseling regarding housing and finances for individuals before their release from inpatient or residential institutions. Thank you for helping to raise someone up today. Thank you for joining us in giving ASSISTANCE TO THE INCARCERATED MENTALLY ILL - http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI
The Autism Research Institute reports the following information:
For many years autism was rare - occurring in just five children per 10,000 live births. However, since the early 1990's, the rate of autism has increased exponentially around the world with figures as high as 60 per 10,000. Boys outnumber girls four to one. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism.
It Takes a Village to Raise a Child~Protect the Children
What is the Outlook? Age at intervention has a direct impact on outcome--typically, the earlier a child is treated, the better the prognosis will be. In recent years there has been a marked increase in the percentage of children who can attend school in a typical classroom and live semi-independently in community settings. However, the majority of autistic persons remain impaired in their ability to communicate and socialize.
Many people turn away in apathy and do nothing about the human suffering around us, but these musical offerings are reminders that our children will inherit the world we make for them:
Connie Talbot I Will Always Love You ♥ album Over The Rainbow
~ JOIN THE TELEPHONE CAMPAIGN! Your help is needed to decriminalize mental illness. Grab a phone book and make ten calls to inform religious, civic, and social groups and organizations know about H.R.619 - the congressional bill to resume Medicaid for psychiatric inpatients. It costs no more to treat than to punish people for being sick. Read about this congressional bill at this link: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h619/show
I worry about autistic children like Shane Finn and acute mental patients who have other brain dysfunctions. I know how easy it is for them to be arrested for public displays of their health conditions and then have their sentences lengthened because mentally challenged inmates often fail to respond appropriately to prison guards. My brother, Larry Neal, a schizophrenic heart patient, was secretly arrested and murdered after having spent 20 years as a hospital inpatient. Many police officers and prison guards lack the training and temperaments to be psychiatric caretakers, yet that is too often a role they are expected to perform. Read a short poem about Larry's secret arrest and murder, which authorities REFUSE to investigate or release records about at this link: JUSTICE, A Musical - http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/
We must upgrade our level of concern and available care for mentally dysfunctional Americans. With proper treatment, most would be able to lead wholesome lives. Let's do it for children like Shane Finn. Please get involved.
JAIL IS THE LAST THING MENTAL PATIENTS NEED ... AND TOO OFTEN, JAIL IS THE LAST THING THEY EXPERIENCE. Please join us in our quest to decriminalize mental illness in America. No one should be punished for having a disability.
Below are NINE links, six paragraphs counting this description - five YouTube Videos Showing Cybercensorship and terrorism. They are numbered below. (#1 at Twitter, #2 at AIMI, #3 at my home, #4 I was at DeKalb County Public Library and censored as I tried to upload news at Care2 News Network, and #5 at Care2 Groups ); eleven links in all - Please share with your friends. I am censored wherever I write on the Internet because prison profiteering is big business. So is lawyer fraud, apparently. Read all before opening links, or use your back arrow to return to the post. You don't want to miss any of this cyberstalking and terrorism proof. 1. Twitter Censorship – Tweets Registering 1 hr. back http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nbQcuo0kYM At Twitter, my tweets were backtimed to appear with tweets that posted 1 hour before the time I actually posted them. That means that my tweets were not appearing with current tweets. No one goes through their tweets to see what the people they follow wrote an hour ago. Sometimes, my tweets post three hours back. That is to minimize my advocacy to decriminalize mental illness, eliminate the death penalty, and expose the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal and the Johnnie Cochran Firm Fraud. Those are my usual subjects at Twitter where I am KoffieTime – http://twitter.com/koffietime
2. H.R.619 Advocacy Censored at AIMI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTnBUYoJtk4 At Care2, Mary Neal's video captured censorship regarding H.R.619 - the congressional bill introduced by Rep. Eddie Johnson in Jan. 2009 to resume Medicaid for mentally ill Americans to have hospital insurance. Medicaid was removed as a funding source for mental hospitalization decades ago, and it led to 1.25 million sick people being incarcerated today. H.R.619 has zero news coverage despite its relevance to milions, and Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill members are censored when we post info about the bill online. I am usually censored no matter what human rights issue I write about at Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) at http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI - It often takes many tries before posting news, especially advocacy for H.R.619 and anti-death penalty reports.
3. Neals’ Yard Marked for Harassment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znJS-6qw__8 Mary Neal’s yard is outlined in blue, yellow, and orange paint from the back fence to the middle of the street, but no neighbors’ have that marking. The next day, two helicopters stood still over our rooftop for 30 minutes. (Witness statements and video proof). See more about my censorship to prevent advocacy for human rights for prisoners at http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/
4. Mary Neal Censored at Public Library re: Hank Skinner March 23, 2010 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaTiBU43-Mk At Care2 News Network, Mary Neal’s anti-death penalty article for Hank Skinner was not allowed to post. I wanted so desperately to post my article about Hank Skinner’s pending execution that I braved stalkers who follow me and went to the DeKalb Public Library on March 23 to post my article, “Hank Skinner’s Last Wish – Justice.” http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/hank-skinners-last-wish-justice.html -- The video shows that I repeatedly got a denial of service at Care2 News Network. I did posted it in my Care2 Sharebook and in my FreeSpeakBlog, although cyberstalkers prevented it from posting at Care2 News Network. I have much difficulty posting anti-death penalty news at most online sites. When I do post anti-death penalty news at Care2 News Network, I am prevented from notifying my Care2 friends through my email account at Care2 in time for them to note my articles and push them to front page. Sometimes, I am prevented from notifying Care2 friends about anti-death penalty news for 24 hours or longer. My worse fight about posting anti-death penalty news regarded Thomas Arthur. After being denied the right to send the news via email at Care2, I resorted to using eCards. I sent hundreds of eCards to Care2 friends and others on my mailing list. The cards arrived blank to the addressees - Care2 reported that it had been attacked in the eCard area on September 1, 2009, and gMail also went down. (The same thing happened at Care2 to eCards I sent regarding Cameron Todd Willingham's wrongful execution.) The U.S. Supreme Court granted Skinner a stay of execution about an hour before his scheduled death on March 24, 2010. Praise God. Please share widely. Cyberstalkers destroyed my home computer because they hate my advocacy for human rights for prisoners and deny my First Amendment rights. I rely on you to share this with your friends and groups.
5: "Prison Labor Profits" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icRD77mugaI - They prevent my "MLK Speech Fraud" video from uploading today. I'll get it posted for you. Help us if you can, please - P.O. Box 153, Redan, GA 30074-0153. Cyberstalkers destroy responses to my resume that come to my email accounts because they are afraid for me to work around computers, which is what I do as a legal assistant. Our lawsuit against The Cochran Firm was dismissed with judges deciding that (a) there is no Cochran Firm office in Georgia where we served suit (although there is), and (b) the Neals are "immaterial" people; killing Larry Neal, a handicapped African American, does not matter. Therefore, we do not deserve any records, investigation, or accountability about Larry's death like Michael Vick's dogs got. Police are free to kill mentally ill Americans. Protests by their families are "immaterial." (See http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/ and also see COCHRAN FIRM FRAUD 1 AND 2 at YouTube.) That is how the justice system feels about mentally ill people - especially African Americans. However, they don't like for me to write about it. Is there censorship in America? It all depends on what you want to say. Hospital coverage for mentally ill people was not included in our recently passed national health care bill. Please support H.R.619. It is wrong and futile to punish people for being sick. Homelessness, prison and death must stop being America's answer to mental illness.
Please note that censorship is done across numerous major Internet sites. It is likely the work of outside cyberstalkers. Follow me at Twitter, where I am KoffieTime - http://twitter.com/koffietime
JAIL IS THE LAST THING THAT MENTAL PATIENTS NEED, AND TOO OFTEN, IT IS THE VERY LAST THING THEY EXPERIENCE. Please join our effort to decriminalize mental illness. No one deserves to be punished for having a disability.
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