By Yvette Coil
I tried to think of a way to open this letter without sounding as if we invented the wheel on “how to get arrested protesting.” So please don’t think that’s what I’m writing about.
It has taken me a long while to type this out, as my right arm, my writing hand, has a pinched nerve from the zip ties that were put on me Sunday.
Four of us were arrested Sunday; Aaron Brooks, Sable Foster, Bill Arthrell and myself. Bill is a Cleveland inner city history teacher, KSU graduate. He is fine and he can take care of himself and his court costs. Aaron and Sable are less fortunate in that they might not be able to take care of thier own court costs. That’s why I’m writing. Aaron is a local musician, a member of Kent State Anti-War Committee and a very good friend of mine. Sable is a KSU student and a member of KSU’s Womens Liberation Collective.
Both Aaron and Sable took a stand Sunday to say enough is enough in regards to war. Aaron, some of you might recall, played some music on the patio during the end of Winter Soldier. He was with me and the other 4 Kent State students who have family in the military, or are veterans themselves, that attended Winter Soldier in March.
You will have your opinions on whether or not we should have done what we did and I respect that. I just felt you should know that Kent, with its rich activist history, still has state employees who would love to erase what happened on May 4, 1970, and as of last Sunday are still practicing injustice in the name of the law.
We are all due in court on Thursday at 8:15 am.
As far as protesting and getting arrested, the three of us agree that the question we had to ask ourselves is “if not now, when?” I know I’m tired of going to protest march after protest march, leaving and seeing nothing change. I doubt what any of us did Sunday changed anything in the world, but I know it changed something in me. I am not afraid of jail, nor court, nor excessive fines. For the first time in my life I feel free.
I hope that watching the video I’m sending and reading the news article will help you ask yourself “If not now, when?”
[For the video and AfterDowningStreet.org, go here.]