Murtari’s Aggressive Gandhi-like Action

Dateline: USA
By: John Murtari
Via: The Honor Network

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Many of you are familiar with John Murtari from our news bulletins from his hunger strike in prison in the past. It seems that once he was released John didn’t take the hard lesson given to him by the state in allowing wives to move to the other coast of the US with his son. He has continued to call on Hillary Clinton to act in a very non-violent but aggressive way, one that even those who feel that it won’t succeed can still admire in a man better than ourselves in his seriousness and commitment. Here is his send out:

Good People & People of Faith,
                                                        This will be my longest jail time as part of a NonViolent Action for Family Rights. In the past Federal Magistrate DiBianco had assigned a max of 10 days for any single offense — my longest sentence of 30 days for three incidents. Federal Magistrate Peebles, newly assigned to handle my activity, is taking a much firmer approach.I’ve been held in jail since Jan. 29th and my trial isn’t until March 31st. I’m facing Criminal Contempt for disobeying his order to stop my actions.Stop using kid’s chalk to write “I LOVE YOU” to my son and “SEN CLINTON HELP US” on the ground outside the Syracuse Federal Building. I did it twice, so I’ll have already done 30 days for each incident prior to my trial — and I’m pretty sure he plans to add on even more. The max he can give me is 6 months for each incident. Is it worth it? Should parents stop thinking of doing something like this?

Public Action to change Public Opinion I think everyone agrees we would get some good media coverage and maybe a National story if a steady stream of parents began to come to Syracuse. If they come to write “I LOVE YOU” to their kids and accept arrest (realistically, you would probably only get a ticket and be released, but anyone would have to be ready for jail).

A sequence of arrests would fascinate the media and certainly cause them to ask questions. Including questions to Sen. Clinton and her staff — why won’t you meet with these peaceful & loving parents about Family Rights?

We are not Criminals Peaceful Civil Disobedience is an essential part of NonViolent Action. How should we feel about ourselves and how should we be treated? If the year was 1955 would you assign the same amount of criminal intent to these two offenders: a black man writing “I AM EQUAL” with chalk versus a vandal who writes profanity?

Before being arrested on the 29th I wrote a letter to Judge Peebles trying to explain my motivation. I hope it represents ideas many of us share.

Is it Worth it?
Boy, haven’t I had a chance to think about that one! Jail is no fun and I’ll be missing Spring Break with my son. The Judge denied my request for a change in trial date. What if no other parents join the effort? Is it worth it?

Is there a God that loves us even more than we love our own children? Faith has always been a foundation of NonViolent Action. Especially at the beginning of a Civil Rights movement.

We all remember the name of the black lady, Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the back of the bus. She provided a trigger for the bus boycott and for the hundreds of “freedom riders” that followed. Blacks who sat in the front of the bus and accepted jail with dignity.

Was she the first one? No. You can be sure there were others before her. Arrested, jailed and nobody remembers their names. Homes burned down by the KKK for being an uppity ni$$er and we don’t know them.

Am I willing to be a no name? Are you? Is it worth it? How great of a Civil Right is the ability to be presumed FIT & EQUAL parents unless found guilty in a criminal court of harming our children with malintent?

For more of click: http://www.akidsright.org/civil.htm

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