I know people were disappointed they couldn't visit Bill Crain in jail for his 6th peaceful civil disobedience arrest against the bear hunt. But now you’ve got another chance to say hi. (No, he's not in jail again.) He’ll be at Veggie Heaven. Because we’re having a Rebel Lunch for him...and for everyone else who got into trouble with the law last year for the bears.
WHERE: Veggie Heaven, Teaneck
WHEN: Sunday, May 7th @ 1pm
EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS will get their very own, “Get Out of Jail Free” card that I personally designed. Some of us have tested them out though and apparently they don’t work. Sorry about that.
Anyway, you may not know this but Bill is the reason some of us first got arrested in Wawayanda State Park back in 2005. I remember watching this guy march out of the designated free speech zone, toward the park rangers and the weigh station with that now famous sign, “Mother Nature Is Crying”. And as we watched the cops drive him away we were inspired to join him in solidarity.
Bill really helped throw us into that deeper ocean of dissent. I’m glad he did because sometimes peaceful civil disobedience is the only way to call out an injustice.
It was the bow hunt that made me cross the line again in 2016. But Bill (and Angi Metler) set the precedent. They truly act in the spirit of Gandhi and we’re lucky to have them both as mentors.
So please come out and say hi on May 7th....your support will help defray legal costs and re-energize us for 2017. This is for Sue and Ali, too. Let’s help boost their moral after all their legal battles this year.
And Eleanor — there’s no better friend than one who is handcuffed to the same police bench as you, even though I was counting on you to be my ride back from the station.