Last night I spent a few hours in a holding cell. I was there for crossing the street (jay walking) and going through Mayor Bloomberg's guards and other police officials and officers (disorderly conduct). This was all during a protest to stop the Mayor from contracting with the USDA to kill geese in the 5 boroughs parks and public lands.
The act of crossing the street and going through the guards was not directly to protest in favor of keeping the geese alive and free, but to prove government is slowly restricting the definition of freedom.
When the first 3 individuals for the protest arrived, we spoke with several officials of the mayor's security. They told us there was a holding pen for us around the corner, which was very small, under a tree, and no where near the Mayor's home, or even remotely close to where the Mayor could see or hear us. Keep in mind this protest was without permit which I feel to be a protest, it must be done without a permit. SO, NYPD decided to prepare for an illegal protest by supplying us with barricades and a substantial police force to "protect" us. I feel that freedom gives us the right to protest anywhere and anytime for any purpose we as individuals or as a group feel worthy. Anywhere includes the Mayor's front doorstep to the White House lawn, yes this means the other side of the fence.
The official in charge of speaking to us could not give us a legal reason why we could not be in front of the Mayor's home, and eventually gave us the excuse that it was for "security purposes". "security purposes" can be created in an instant for the police to deem anyone in that area as a criminal, regardless of what she or he is doing in that area. So I breeched security and walked right by the Mayor's home, I basically did the same thing that I was doing hours earlier, only this time more people where watching, more police were around, and barricades were in place, and the Mayor wasn't there at the time of my offense, but he was there when I did the same things earlier in the day. Explain that.
As for my hunger strike, I'm just getting thru 24 hours and feel fine. The temptations are everywhere, but I keep my mind on others who are less fortunate. Their story is more important, their lives are what matter, how we treat them with respect, and give them assistance and rehabilitation to lead better lives is what we are working for.
We are not attempting to rid this world of those who are less empathetic and compassionate, we are attempting to teach others to be empathetic and compassionate, this goes for the reform of prisoners, as well as the reform of officials calling the shots.