Peace Mom's Easter Stand

Cindy Sheehan on the meaning of Easter in Crawford, and New York's lousy jails

You were arrested for trying to deliver a petition to U.N. Ambassador John Bolton. State Department officials said they didn't let you in because you insisted on bringing a media crew. That was a bunch of bullshit. We even said, just take this piece of paper and we'll leave. We said come on, we have events in D.C. that we need to be at tonight, we don't want to be arrested. Just anybody, take the paper and we'll go, and they wouldn't even take the paper. I think that's one reason I was kept in jail. So they could lie about it. It was the same thing with [my arrest] at the State of the Union Address. They said that I unfurled a banner, that I refused to leave, that I was being loud. It was just all bullshit, and then I was in jail so I couldn't say no, that's not right.

Are you willing to be arrested again? If they try to violate my rights, then, yes. But I'm not really into these planned arrests any more. You know, you have your permit zone here and then you step out of it, get a slap on the wrist and then get let out—I don't know how much good that does. But if they want to arrest me for exercising my freedom of speech, I'll do it over and over again.

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