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Jul 16, 2008

Holy founding fathers! What is it about the First Amendment that confuses today’s political elite and their police agents?

Amendment Number One is a pretty straightforward declaration of the people’s fundamental political rights: freedom to speak out publicly, to assemble, to confront officials with our grievances. It does not say that these freedoms can be eliminated anytime they might pose an inconvenience or embarrassment to those in charge. Yet it’s become commonplace for the secret service and police to exclude even the mildest protest from presidential campaign events.

This year, only three days after July 4th – when America loudly celebrated its freedom from autocracy – a 60-year-old librarian named Carol Kreck attended a John McCain “town hall meeting” in Denver. Held at a city-owned hall, the event was billed as open to the public. But it was not open to Ms. Kreck. She stood quietly in the public plaza outside the hall holding a handmade sign that simply said: "McCain = Bush.”

Her silent (and polite) exercise of First Amendment rights, however, so offended Republican officials that McCain’s secret service detail had her arrested for “trespassing” and escorted off the public premises. Democracy was morphed into autocracy.

Democrats are doing it too. Just before July 4th, it was learned that those arranging the party’s summer convention in Denver would restrict citizen demonstrations to a fenced-off enclosure. These “freedom cages,” as they’ve been dubbed, will be out of sight and out of earshot of the Democratic delegates and dignitaries – so as not to muss up their reverie with any, you know, democracy.

When the parties and police can limit our “freedoms” to protest that can’t be seen or heard we no longer have those freedoms – and it’s time for a little rebellion, just as Thomas Jefferson said would be necessary every now and then.

“Help defend Carol Kreck,” www.secure.progressnowaction.org, July 8, 2008.

“The Democratic Convention; Degrees of Comfort,” www.nytimes.com, July 2, 2008.

Source: JimHightower.com

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Feb 3, 2008
On Monday, February 4, 2008 at 8:30AM, actor Andrew Koenig will attend his scheduled arraignment in Department N on the first floor of the Pasadena Courthouse located at 300 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101.  He will be represented in Court by Pasadena’s former Mayor Bill Paparian.

On January 1, 2008 during the Pasadena Rose Parade, Andrew Koenig walked into the Parade, stood directly in front of the Beijing float, and held up a sign declaring: “China - Free Burma” - in both English and Chinese.  In a matter of seconds, he was arrested and removed from the parade.
 
"The elected president of Burma and Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, - who has never been allowed to assume authority and remains under house arrest by the military government - was once asked what people outside of Burma could do to help their cause," said humanitarian Andrew Koenig, who has visited refugees in Burma. "Her response was 'Use your freedom to promote ours'. So that's what I did."
The people of Burma have been imprisoned, tortured, raped,blown up and killed by their own government.  Despite this, China, a trading partner of weapons with Burma's (Myanmar’s) military regime, sits in on the United Nations Security Council and refuses to take a stand with the rest of the world against these atrocities and condemn Burma.  China continues to prepare for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing that is set to open on August 8, 2008, which falls exactly 20 years after the infamous day Burmese military forces massacred more than 1,000 civilians who were demonstrating for democratic rule.

Following his court appointment, Andrew Koenig, the actor best known for his role on Growing Pains will be holding a press conference to answer questions from the media.

For further information, please contact Bill Paparian at 626/795-1750.

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