I’m a big fan of the currently rampant viral meme we’re calling Sgt. Pepper Spray.. (click for the group page on Facebook).
UC Davis, occupy movement, this cop pepper sprayed peaceful protestors as they SAT on the ground-did I mention ‘peacefully’?
There are United States documents disallowing us to start aggression with our national war machines; that was ignored (middle East). Currently, police forces are, again, ignoring our, officially sanctioned, American rights such as the ‘right to assemble or petition the government for “redress of grievances”.. Here’s the First Amendment.
The Occupy movement comes to us through a long lineage of passive engagement from a philosophy posited by Henry David Thoreau, “On civil Disobedience“. We can look to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and the Hippy Movement (Abby Hoffman was cool) for sucessful examples of this philosophy carried out in the real world. Change happens quickly.
Today we have social media as a medium of protest. COUNT ME IN!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TURKEY!
- UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident from 4 Angles (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Know Your Meme’s ‘Casually Pepper Spray Everything Cop’ captures public reaction (bizjournals.com)
- Pepper spray and free speech (hollyonthehill.wordpress.com)
- Pepper-spraying cop gets Photoshop justice: Xeni’s Guardian op-ed on meme-ing of UC Davis police brutality (boingboing.net)
- Martha Stewart’s Pepper Sprays Her Turkey (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- UC Davis Protesters Agreed To Be Pepper Sprayed (caseyhendrickson.wordpress.com)
- Pepper Spray Cop, Lt. John Pike – symbol of a banal, bureaucratic and surreal evil, an unflattering picture of man as moral monster. (prof77.wordpress.com)