link to my past: action years ago does affect today
It is six years, two months, and thirteen days since the above article was printed, and my photograph published. The article documents a peaceful public action I initiated. My action was based on prior knowledge of a 2001″Master Plan” and a 2004 proposal. The action I took was in 2011. It is now 2017. That park has no further fences, space remains shared, and the sounds heard there populate the mind with mixed play found in a dynamic community. It is through action in peace, vision of future, and an ear for grassroot pulses that allow us to move forward. Take the risk to act peacefully and the need for gas cans and suitcases will subside. Do this and know new players may not be aware of existing history. Be gentle with them as you clarify. Be gentle and listen to their ideas.
Note: it was by no means easy for me to speak up, I had just finished a night shift, and knew any action would cause workplace repercussions, regardless of whether or not my job was identified. I took this action as a civilian. I never identified myself as a police officer, until this post. Rest assured, there was reprisal, at work. I know right action was taken. Interestingly enough “right action taken” is the new term tied to the old concept of “rat”. Instead of “ratting someone out” it is being re-coined as “right action taken” I would suggest it is not necessarily a “new” term, for Martin Neimoller spoke about the concept in World War II against Nazi Germany.
My gratitude today is to Martin Neimoller, for speaking up. Today I speak up. Today I express gratitude to the American Immigration Judge for speaking up. Maybe the history that repeats in 2017 will be bravery found in, not only speaking up but, being peacefully proactive.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
Link to all of our past – history repeats – I shall speak because silence is not worth the cost
Link to the relevance in 2017 history repeats – judge speaks up for what is right