Last night was the deadline set by the mayor of Boston for the Occupy Boston protest to disperse. The police were moving in, but the protesters did not give up, and when dawn broke over the cold Boston skyline, Occupy Boston had survived.
The protest persisted against the eviction attempt because of its strong numbers. Occupy Boston enjoys the popular support of the people of Boston… and it enjoys the support of a presidential candidate as well.
It wasn’t Barack Obama either. Obama has refused to condemn the use of pepper spray against peaceful protesters. The Obama White House has even had a role in organizing police crackdowns against the Occupation Movement.
It was Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, who went to Boston last night, and joined with the protesters there. She faced possible arrest, and even physical violence by police, to make a stand for freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
At just about the same time that Jill Stein joined the Occupy Boston protest, her campaign issued a statement asking Stein’s supporters to sign a petition in support of the First Amendment and in opposition to police brutality against protesters.
The Republican and the Democratic parties aren’t doing anything like this sort of activism on behalf of American liberty. They don’t stand with the American people in the streets… so why should the American people stand with the Republicans or Democrats in the 2012 presidential election?