Last week I saw something I never thought I’d see. (As a child I was out of the country in 1968.)
Masked Federal agents putting people, who were exercising their right to protest, into unmarked cars and taking them who knows where.
Every American should be very upset about this, regardless of your political views.
As often happens when something really bothers me I set myself some sort of organizing task to give my mind some thinking space. (I’ve been getting really organized in the last 2 months).
I started working on scanning and labeling sketches done last year after cataract surgery. This image popped up. If I’d drawn it today it would be a selfie.
More than anything I can write, this pretty much sums it up.
In a statement about the events unfolding in Portland, OR Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, said:
“What is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the United States. Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping. The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered.
“Under the direction of the Trump administration, militarized federal agents have flaunted court orders protecting the rights of protesters, used sharpshooters to deliberately maim people, and deployed indiscriminate weapons of war — including sonic weapons and dangerous tear gas formulations.
Every American should be upset about this. Speak to your elected officials.