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Posted by wmmbb in US Politics.

Along with other protesters, Dr Cornel West was arrested on the steps of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. The sign he carried read: “Poverty is the Greatest Violence of All”.

According to the following report carried by Global Grind of the press release from the October 2011 Movement, political signs are illegal on the steps of the Supreme Court. Well, that is interesting in the light of the First Amendment.

The You Tube video includes the arrest of Dr West and others on the court steps, where at least in this part of the world, the deals often get done:

The press release is as follows:

The October2011.org Movement that is occupying Freedom Plaza, led an impromptu march of 250 people up Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S.Supreme Court where Dr. Cornel West climbed on the steps of the Supreme Court and denounced court decisions that have produced money-based elections that empower corporations. Dr. West was holding a sign that said “Poverty is the Greatest Violence of All.” He was arrested because holding political signs on the Supreme Court steps is illegal.

Dr. West spoke to more than 500 people on Freedom Plaza where he said that “if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he would be on Freedom Plaza.” West described how the struggle against, poverty, war and injustice continues and confidence that the people will succeed. He applauded the occupation as “an inclusive social revolution for all of us” and a “leaderless-leader-filled movement” where people are “finding their own political voices rather than echoing others.”

Kevin Zeese, an organizer of October2011.org said: “It is a fitting tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for Dr. West and the others to risk arrest protesting the unfair wealth divide and the Supreme Court empowering money over voters. In the battle for a real, participatory democracy getting money out of politics is a critical step.”

October2011.org seeks to end corporate rule and shift power to the people. The occupation of Freedom Plaza began on October 6th, the beginning of the 11th year of the Afghanistan War and a new federal fiscal year that promises austerity for everything except militarism and war. Among those arrested with Dr. West were Tarak Kauff of Veterans for Peace, Ellen Davidson of the Indypendent newspaper, filmmaker Dennis Trainor, Jr. and Maria Allwine an independent political activist. The movement towards economic justice continues…

Both Cornel West and Travis Smiley have been travelling on a poverty tour across the US. Dr West was interviewed on Travis Smiley’s PBS:


Watch Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

(You can watch this video on my alternative blog – which I like, although nobody else seems to watch.)

The extraordinary, if not unbelievable, statistic that Dr West quotes about the extent of poverty in the US is that 42% of all children are living in or near poverty.


Cornel West posted the following message on his release:

I thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and prayers. I emerged from jail with a stronger fortitude and greater determination to fight for justice. Our criminal justice system is the night side of American society. It needs fundamental transformation. The community with my 19 disturbers of the peace, including my dear brother Raheem DeVaughn, was majestic. Let us continue to try to change the world.

However no charges will be laid against the arrested protesters. How does that work?



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