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Adam Kokesh brutally arrested for dancing at Jefferson memorial

June 1, 2011

Video taken on May 28, 2011. 5 people, including Adam Kokesh, host of RT’s “Adam vs. The Man”, are seen arrested for participating in a silent group dancing event at the Jefferson Memorial last Saturday.

The event was organized by civil disobedience activist Edward Dickey (seen in the video) in light of a misdemeanor arrest that was made in April, 2008 which resulted in a lawsuit against the D.C. National Park Service. In 2009, U.S. District Judge John Bates dismissed the lawsuit, claiming that the silent dancing “undermines an atmosphere of calm, tranquility and reverence” and that it is an illegal demonstration. The Judge Writes:

“A prohibition on expressive activities in a nonpublic forum does not violate the First Amendment if it is viewpoint neutral and is ‘reasonable in lights of the use to which the forum is dedicated.”

I will point out, as many people have before me, that “the use to which to forum is dedicated” is to hold reverence to Thomas Jefferson. The man who based his political platform on individual freedom and protection from government powers. The man who was a famous advocate of civil disobedience and rebellion. The man who is now post-mortally witnessing peacefully disobedient men being body slammed, choked, and detained by park police.

In retaliation, Adam is organizing another silent dancing event at the memorial this Saturday, June 4th. As of today, over 2000 people are listed as attending. This is an important demonstration to show that we are not afraid of the D.C. park police, and to honor Jefferson’s own words which enshrine disobedience as legitimate and necessary to preserve a free society.

“A little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical…It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

-Thomas Jefferson


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