I would normally say Twitter’s not good for much, except I’ve made a friend in Mary Ann Dimand, a minister and a sharp thinker. She wrote this letter and shared it with me. I wish I’d written the letter, myself:
Dear Mr. President,
You were elected chief servant of this nation. On your watch police are enacting the role of storm troopers, beating peaceful Occupy protesters, evicting them from public space and destroying their property as they attempt to exercise the rights of free speech fundamental to this country’s founding.
The Supreme Court has decided that corporations are persons with political voice and that money is a form of speech.
Civic government leaders and administrators are deciding that human beings are not persons with political voice and that human flesh cannot be permitted to enact speech.
I expect the Arab world is watching this oncoming American Winter—despite the ejection of television and newspaper reporters from Occupy sites as they are laid waste.
I call upon you to act to protect the voice of your people, to stop the violence against them, to halt the brutalization of the people who make up the police forces called on to violate their rights, for some orders devastate those who abbey them. You were elected to serve all of us, as individuals and as a vast community.
Our nation has become one in which labor is devalued and corporations increasingly permitted the role of traffickers in their flesh. At such a time as this, the people who were becoming Israel cried out, and Pharaoh did not hear them.
God did, though.
I hope you will hear me and the embodied cries of Occupy. Call off the dogs of oppression. Let our press be free to cover the actions of civic governments.
And let us become a better and more united nation, all of us, together.
Yours in the names of human fellowship and possibility, democracy, and justice,
The Rev. Mary Ann Dimand
Cc: The Honorable Michael Bennet
The Honorable Mark Udall
The Honorable Ed Perlmutter
The Honorable Evie Hudak, Colorado State Senator. District 19