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Rob Kall Radio Show Podcast: Cindy Sheehan, Talking About Protest and The Joy of Getting Arrested


Rob Kall Radio Show Podcast: Cindy Sheehan, talking about protest and The Joy of Getting Arrested
By Rob Kall | Op Ed News

As part of a continuing series of discussions, I had a great conversation with Cindy Sheehan about getting arrested -- the joy, nobility and logistics.

Getting arrested as a protester engaging in civil disobedience is often described by those who have been through the experience as a joyful experience. I've been interviewing protesters to get their perspective and to learn their attitudes and strategies for engaging in the process. Tonight, I'll be talking to Cindy Sheehan.

Last week I spoke to Daniel Ellsberg, partly about getting arrested as a noble, honorable, joyful experience. I'll be talking with Cindy about it tonight. Looks like I'm going to write a book about it. And yes, that does mean I WILL be getting arrested. I'm starting to look forward to it. First, I'll be getting great advice from experts-- that I'll share in the book. You see, I believe we face times when the congress is out of control, unresponsive, non-accountable and protest-- civil disobedience-- could be the only way to change that situation. To help make it happen in a big way, we need a much bigger conversation about civil disobedience, about getting arrested, why it is a noble, honorable thing, a heroic, and perhaps necessary thing we need to do for our children, our future, for humanity. Because we are at war with corporations and the wealthy and as far as they're concerned, they've already won.

Here's the link to the interview. It will be available until Jan. 22.
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Today's nonviolent actions which end in arrest are often civil resistance, not civil disobedience. We are engaging in acts where we are trying to highlight the criminal acts of government. We are the ones who are actually being obedient, both to our own morals and a higher law.

Also, many of us don't go into these actions with the goal of "getting arrested," but we realize that might be the likely outcome. Our goal is directly challenge and confront those responsbile for illegal and immoral policies. And many times a court case follows which provides an opportunity to further plead our cause follows, and simply stating civil disobedience and an intention to get arrested undermines that trial.

However, Rob, I am glad you have come to the point where you will intensify your resistance!

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