Of the 19 protesters arrested in front of the Supreme Court on Sunday was animated intellectual and activist Dr. Cornel West. The Resistance movement blog October2011 explained that while occupying Freedom Plaza, an impromptu march of 250 determined citizens made their way to the nation’s highest court where Cornel West climbed on the steps to condemn the Supreme Court for their rulings that have engendered corporate corruption. While holding a sign that said, “Poverty is the Greatest Violence of All,” the outspoken Princeton professor was arrested. Apparently, the law states that holding political signs on the steps of the Supreme Court is against the law.
Prior to his arrest, West declared on Freedom Plaza, “if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he would be on Freedom Plaza.” He continued that the growing resistance to the corrupt dealings of the United States government is “an inclusive social revolution for all of us,” a “leaderless-leader-filled movement” where folks have found “their own political voices rather than echoing others.”
Upon arriving at the Supreme Court, West shared the following message via megaphone:
“We want to bear witness today that we know the relation between corporate greed and what goes on too often in the Supreme Court decisions… We want to send a lesson to ourselves, to our loved ones, our families, our communities, our nation, and the world that out of deep love for working and poor people that we are willing to put what ever it takes — even if we get arrested today — and say ‘We will not allow this day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s memorial today to go without somebody going to jail.’ Because Martin King would be here right with us, with us to throw down out of deep love.”
View West’s arrest on the Supreme Court steps: