Traveling north through Georgia up highway 11, we came into a small town, Monroe, named for the US government president James Monroe. As a small town, the people were typically friendly and polite, as well as living amongst the classic beauty of historic buildings. On the northern end of the town, we noticed a bunch of oils being sold on the side of the street and I took the time to take a break and investigate this potentially counter-economic business. There was a wide gravel lot behind the oils, with a nearby local convenience store, necessary for refreshments from the hot sun. Looking around, I noticed goods besides oils and fragrances, from hats and shirts to incense. A hand-painted sign for the street vendor was available to the side furthest from the convenience store.
Just hours ago, wearily traveling in a new city, out of cash and hungry, my brother Edward and a friend stopped to ask for food and/or work to get by while in Savannah, GA. When asked to leave the shopping center they were resting at, they stopped to buy food at a Subway before vacating the premises. Edward remained outside with his puppy while his female friend bought food but before they could leave, police entered the scene to harass them for earlier panhandling. Edward’s female friend was not harassed since when the police arrived she was not sitting outside on the sidewalk, which in some cities can be construed a crime itself. Edward was arrested for disorderly conduct and for panhandling, one “crime” used as a police officers catchall, the other a petty, victimless crime harming no one, neither of which warrant indefinite caging.
On the way out of Keene, I headed straight for Manhattan to join Andrew Voluntaryist Valish and others in a solidarity protest we’d organized and merged with several other egyptian-american protests. It was a rainy day, but approximately fifty protesters showed up. The local egyptian-american community was quite supportive of their native egyptians, though it was very nationalist. Besides the nationalist egyptian community, supporters were ideologically diverse, from one guy talking about the Illuminati, to anti-war activists, from Socialist Action, to us voluntaryists.
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Someone close to me just asked what’s going on at LOT. It’s an excellent question and one we should have addressed earlier, so here’s a brief run-down:
- Ademo and I wrapped-up the on-the-road portion of our project in Miami in early November
- Our friend Smeg Mclain who had been in town visiting found herself victimized by people wearing TSA badges first-hand. We picked her back up
- We made a much too-short stop in Orlando, to visit some awesome activists
“The fact that people were getting arrested and jailed for acting out against the state, is what finally tipped me over in favor of moving to NH. I hope Ademo’s act of free speech and willingness to not cooperate with the state will inspire somebody else.”
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- Free Ademo! video
- Incident Summary
- How You Can Help
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