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Driving 50 Miles to Protest a War CriminalJune 21, 2011
CODEPINK OC & LA
Los Angeles, CA
Today, two activists from Orange County, CA, Sharon Tipton and Kurt A. drove 50 miles to protest Jay Bybee, sitting in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena. The courtroom was packed for an important case - AZ 's attempt to enact a Jim Crow law:
The En Banc case brought together eleven judges instead of the usual three or four! As I walked in, I noticed a smile on Judge Bybee's face, and wondered if it was due to recognition and because he could quit waiting - the account ability activists were finally here.
Some of us accountability activists have become Bybee's dogged companions. Susan Harman loudly encouraged Bybee's impeachment in San Francisco last week during his stint on the 9th Circuit there. And not a visit to Pasadena has gone without either Susan or myself reminding the other judges that Bybee is a suspected war criminal, and that they should refer him for IMPEACHMENT! That there were ten other of his judge peers in the courtroom was a bonus.
Next time Bybee visits, I plan to fast in solidarity with the detainee's in Gitmo for the entire time he is in Pasadena. The issue is important enough! It's essential for our conscience to not allow suspected war criminals in whatever office they inhabit to know that we, at least, know they are breaking the law, and the moral code of (quickly becoming in)decency.
Thanks for all your support!