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2 More Arrested at Occupy Tucson, Citations Surpass 700

Occupy Tucson the First day, October 15th, at Armory Park.

Below for your consideration is a statement issued Friday evening by one of the Tucson Occupiers prior to her arrest. I had an opportunity to interview this person upon her release from the jail at midday yesterday.

Friday, Nov. 25, evening

“After much personal introspection, I came to the decision today that this evening I will place myself in position to be arrested at Pancho Villa Park downtown (Veinte de Agosto Park) and jailed in relation to my involvement in the OCCUPY MOVEMENT in Tucson.

I’ve been carefully studying and meditating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s most erudite essay, his “Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963)” this past week. I am convinced that it is essential for deliberate, immediate attention be refocused on the issues of economic injustice which initially galvanized the OCCUPY MOVEMENT world-wide (as opposed to issues related to local city curfew, park ordinances, or even this issue of First Amendment Rights).

I have come to this conclusion not as a leader of any movement or group but as a singular individual desperately concerned about the profound suffering presently experienced by millions of human beings across every economic and social class, generation, gender, sexual orientation, political persuasion, religious or spiritual belief.

In good conscience, I simply cannot let Mary DeCamp (recent Mayoral candidate, Tucson Peace Activist) be the lone Tucsonan willing to enter jail (as she did in the wee hours of November 25th) as a means of drawing attention to our country’s blatant issues regarding economic injustice.

[cont’d.]

As an educated white woman, legally disabled by illness, a civil servant with almost 20 years of service to children who were living at or below the poverty line, a mother, grandmother, spouse, avowed Christian, registered and consistently-participating voter, American citizen by birthright, granddaughter of immigrants, who has never been arrested, much less walked into a jail, I believe I am the most “common” example of the “common person” impacted by the devastingly serious economic issues that thousands upon thousands of people are demanding be addressed.

I am you… we are all one and we are suffering. Only by uniting with one another can our most egregious issues be solved.

Look in my eyes and see the reflection of your own face, your own pain… Look again and see, as well, the possibility for redemption, for resolution, for renewal of all that is good within the soul of America.

In closing, I ask you to surround me with your personal prayers this evening. That I may stay committed to my decision to display non-violent behavior, speech, and attitude in the face of (what may be) a physically and medically challenging experience for me tonight (and beyond).”

Joan Zatorski Puca
Tucson, Arizona

Joan was a little jacked when I caught up with her after her overnight incarceration, a little hyper still. After she had a chance to say hi to some friends and exchange some hugs, we sat underneath a tree in the park and had a quiet conversation. Turns out she had never been read her rights, which fits rather well with all else that is occurring in our nation. Neither had she been allowed a phone call to her attorney. In the morning she was arraigned via video conferencing, albeit the arraignment did not include a mention of what the charges were against her. The judge did manage to tell her when she would be required to appear before the court once again.

All of that sounds to me like a system that is accustomed to doing as it wishes when dealing with “criminals” and when confronted with a citizen making a moral choice because they believe it to be no longer avoidable…………the police, the jails, the courts…..aren’t capable any longer of even pretending that they are what they were intended to be.

I don’t want to get wound up into a rant here about this one stance taken by one citizen. But here is why this particular incident is noteworthy. Joan isn’t your typical participant in Occupy, she is married to a physician, a nice guy on the Education Working Group, I’ve spoken to him in the past and instantly liked him. I had an opportunity yesterday to tease him while he was copying down my contact info from a paper I had given the IT group and Dr. Puca was questioning my email address. I told him hey wait a minute, you’re transcribing my info into physician’s scribble and you’re questioning my block printing?

They have successfully raised a family here in Tucson, and live a comfortable life in a comfortable home in the foothills here in Tucson. Yet these two feel compelled to spend the better part of their free time in the furtherance of this movement, even camping in the park and getting arrested.

That to me is a strong statement that is an eloquent description of the extent to which we have allowed this empire in which we live to get out of control, that such commitments as Joan’s are necessary now.

Hope you FireDogs are having a good Sunday, find a way to take care of one another and share your love at every opportunity; it is needed now more than ever before.

***Mathew Pence, a committed Tucson Occupier was also arrested Friday evening late. He’s a nice young man that I have spoken to a few times briefly in the past. As we have seen previously, female detainees tend to get processed and released more quickly. To the best of my knowledge Mathew has not as yet been released, and will probably be detained until midday Monday.

***As a second aside, the citations mentioned in the header carry with them a potential penalty of up to $1000USD and 6 months in jail.

****An Update from Last Night FireDogs****

From 10:40pm, Saturday night to 12:10am, Sunday morning, Tucson Police Department cited and released demonstrators of Occupy Tucson for staying in the park after hours, except for four who were taken into custody.

Michael (Mike) Migliore was taken into custody after chaining himself onto one of the poles at Veinte de Agosto Park in making a stance for his First Amendment right. TPD handcuffed Migliore and then proceeded to cut the chains, and escorted him to a police cruiser, where he was led away.

Mary DeCamp was taken into custody for the second time in three nights as she refused her citation. DeCamp was walked from her tent to a general area, where occupiers were being cited. DeCamp was then taken to another police cruiser where she was handcuffed, seated and then led away.

William (Billy) Lolos, who also refused his citation, was also taken into custody as he was handcuffed before taken to the general area. Lolos was then taken to yet another police cruiser and seated, and led away.

One unidentified male was also handcuffed and taken into custody, and was seated in the same police cruiser as Lolos.

All four were peacefully taken into custody without incident as fellow occupiers and supporters gave encouragement to those taken into custody for the third night in a row.

Alex Maldonado (Peacekeeper & Veteran For Peace)

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2 More Arrested at Occupy Tucson, Citations Surpass 700.

Occupy Tucson the First day, October 15th, at Armory Park.

Below for your consideration is a statement issued Friday evening by one of the Tucson Occupiers prior to her arrest. I had an opportunity to interview this person upon her release from the jail at midday yesterday.

Friday, Nov. 25, evening

“After much personal introspection, I came to the decision today that this evening I will place myself in position to be arrested at Pancho Villa Park downtown (Veinte de Agosto Park) and jailed in relation to my involvement in the OCCUPY MOVEMENT in Tucson.

I’ve been carefully studying and meditating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s most erudite essay, his “Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963)” this past week.  I am convinced that it is essential for deliberate, immediate attention be refocused on the issues of economic injustice which initially galvanized the OCCUPY MOVEMENT world-wide (as opposed to issues related to local city curfew, park ordinances, or even this issue of First Amendment Rights).

I have come to this conclusion not as a leader of any movement or group but as a singular individual desperately concerned about the profound suffering presently experienced by millions of human beings across every economic and social class, generation, gender, sexual orientation, political persuasion, religious or spiritual belief.

In good conscience, I simply cannot let Mary DeCamp (recent Mayoral candidate, Tucson Peace Activist) be the lone Tucsonan willing to enter jail (as she did in the wee hours of November 25th) as a means of drawing attention to our country’s blatant issues regarding economic injustice. (more…)

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