I sit treasured in my day and thoughts of yesterday even as I read the news, trying to, wanting to stay with the peace I feel inside, the reaching into essence, and balancing that with awareness of the news....
Joan posted the following along with the poem by John Donne - For Whom the Bell Tolls. I place her post here because it is perhaps the most important issue of our time. I want universal health care, but I realize that without free, honest, and open speech we have nothing, and it is more essential at this time to honor all our needs, not just the physical. What is physical health without the ability to speak freely, defend and be a voice for those less fortunate and unjustly treated?
For Whom the Bell Tolls
by John DonneNo man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
The article is at: http://www.alternet.org/rights/86810/
Here is the beginning:
Charged with "unlawful free speech," the defendants were part of a larger group that appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on January 11 -- the day marking six years of indefinite detention and torture at Guantanamo. "I knelt and prayed on the steps of the Supreme Court wearing an orange jumpsuit and black hood to be present for FnuFazaldad," said Tim Nolan, a nurse practitioner from Asheville, NC who provides health care for people with HIV.
Defendants and witnesses argued that they did not expect to be arrested at the Supreme Court, "an internationally known temple to free speech." Ashley Casale, a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, told the court, "I am 19 -- the youngest person in this courtroom--and I come on behalf of all the prisoners at Guantanamo who were younger than I am now when they were detained. According to the U.S. Constitution we have a right to petition the government for a redress of grievances and Guantanamo Bay prison is beyond grievous."
Historian Michael S. Foley, a professor at the City University of New York, teaches the U.S. Constitution to undergraduates. He testified that if "you told me that the defendants would be arrested for 'unlawful free speech' just twenty feet from where the Justices decide First Amendment cases, I'd say you were 'crazy.'"