“Resurgence of grassroot activism” inspires Sierra Club leaders to adopt civil disobedience tactics”, screamed the call out on Cool Revolution about Bill McKibbon and 47 others getting arrested outside the White House recently.
Maybe I´m just getting old, but I don´t understand some of these people that are protesting and some of these so-called “citizen journalists” who write about these people that are protesting.
While Allison Chin, President of The Sierra Club Board of Directors breathlessly said, “For the first time in its 120-year history, the environmental group Sierra Club engaged in a civil disobedience action,” one ´journalist´ with ´Cool Revolution´breathlessly took it all down.
Sorry Allison, but being arrested in front of The White House is NOT “…civil disobedience.”
The laws in Washington D.C. state that anyone can protest at The White House on the sidewalk as long as they keep moving. In other words, you can walk in circles outside the fence until the cows come home, but you have to keep moving.
What these morons did was set down (which is against the law) and waited for the cops to put the plasty-cuffs on them.
So no one got arrested for protesting…they got arrested for sitting down.
C´mon “citizen journalists”, let´s get the story right.
Meanwhile, some of the other suits elevated themselves to something just below Sainthood status.
“We have joined the ranks of visionaries of the past and present to engage in civil disobedience, knowing that the issue at hand is so critical, it compels the strongest defensible action,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
“Strongest defensible action.” Yah, right. If sitting on your ass on the sidewalk is the “…strongest defensible action…” that you can think of Mikey, then you need to pack it up and go home.
In the 60´s and 70´s activists were willing to die for the cause they believed in. And whether you like it or not, some of them DID give their lives…remember Kent State?
To call sitting on the sidewalk the “…strongest defensible action…” is to make a mockery of your cause and look like the publicity grabbing celebs that you are.
To waste pixels and electrons on this is the reason why “citizen journalists” like Cool Revolution are rapidly losing respect.
- Sierra Club Holds First-Ever Civil Disobedience (newser.com)
- Sierra Club chief, Daryl Hannah, to risk arrest over pipeline (news.yahoo.com)