We Need to Support 9/11 Activists
I don't have the answer, but I know the question:
How can we support 9/11 activists who have really done some good work and need help because of it?
- The head of one of the best 9/11 truth groups has been harassed and threatened with physical violence
- One of the best 9/11 writers and one of the best 9/11 filmmakers are each going broke because they have spent so much time spreading the truth that they haven't put in much time for paying work
- Many activists feel alone, cut off, and depressed, since they feel like it is them against the world
I'm not advocating becoming hippies (I'm as much as a conservative as I am a liberal). But in the 60's, alot of people got involved in the anti-imperial movement because there was alot of SUPPORT. People didn't feel alone or cut off. They felt like people were supporting each other's activism. (They also had alot of fun, which is why alot of them got involved. As a side note, we have to find ways to have alot more fun doing activism than we are now so that we sustain our efforts without burning out and attract more people to the truth movement, but in a more mature way)
In the 80's, activist groups figured out how to sustain their work long-time by raising money through door-to-door canvassing, selling informative magazines or calendars, and getting donations.
In the African-American community, one of the main outcomes of the "Million Man March" in 1995 was for these folks to pledge to patronize each others' businesses, so as to keep money flowing in the "community", in order to empower that community and not to patronize people who would oppress them. (I'm not black, I'm getting all of this second-hand, and I apologize if this is inaccurate).
And legal defense of activists has been a long-honored tradition.
Can we raise money for front-line activists who are doing good work? Can we coordinate efforts to report to police threats against activists and stand together to defend them (or will this just embolden the bullies who are trying to intimidate us)? Can we get off the net and meet up in a social way so that people don't feel so cut off and alone?
I don't have the answer, but I want to start the discussion. How do we support 9/11 activists?
By the way, a prominent 9/11 activist who's physical safety has been threatened many times suggests that every one of us consult an attorney about potential threats against us. That way, if we are threatened with violence in a serious way, we'll already know who to call.
This makes some sense. But it might make more sense to all chip in and hire a single lawyer who can receive all such calls, so as to be able to present evidence of a coordinated campaign of harassment against 9/11 activists and to be able to more effectively help people if they are threatened.
Such a lawyer should specialize in civil torts such as harassment, emotional distress, defamation, etc., as well as criminal areas such as felony threat, assault and battery, etc.
Best might be a former prosecutor who now is in civil practice, who has experience in these areas, and who has a demonstrated track record and commitment to protecting people who speak truth about unpopular political issues.