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07 Nov 2000
Reflections on going to court and jail for demonstrating at the Raytheon missile plant in Andover, MA
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08 Nov 2000

"the proper place"
09 Nov 2000
hi sean

i wanted to let you know how much i enjoyed reading your notes about protesting at raytheon and your revelations in jail. it's particularly touching for me because my sister has worked at that place for at least 20 years.

i want to share with you something i read yesterday morning ...

"under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. the proper place today, the only place which massachusetts has provided for her freer and less desponding spirits, is in her prisons, to be put out and locked out of the state by her own act, as they have already put themselves out by their principles. ... a minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority... i could not but smile to see how industriously they locked the door on my meditations, which followed them out again without let or hindrance, and *they* were really all that was dangerous. as they could not reach me, they had resolved to punish my body."

< henry david thoreau "on the duty of civil disobedience" 1847

I can relate...
20 Nov 2000
That was powerful, to say the least. I can really feel what you're saying because I can relate in a sense. See, I was never in a actual jail or prison, but I often feel like a prisoner trapped in the ghetto, and trapped in this inner-city mentality. When I'm looking out of my bedroom window, tired and uninspired, I find myself drifting like you, whether it be to a fond memory or a make believe World where everything is alright. I think it's good though, whatever you can do to escape reality even if it's just for a brief second, it kind of puts more sand in your hourglass, of sanity that is. One thing I envy about you is that you get to speak up about what you believe in. I might not agree with the same things you do, but I definitely respect the fact that you feel strongly enough about it to go to jail for your beliefs, thats dope. I wish I could do that, but the voice of someone like me isn't very loud, and with my responsibilities I can't risk getting locked up, even it's just 30 days. Anyway, I really dig what you did. Peace.
17 Dec 2000
Extremely moving. Thank you.