20+ UUs arrested; some jailed overnight
So many UUs (and others) were arrested yesterday that the backlog clogged Sheriff Joe Arpaio's system, delaying his planned raids. Some--not all--UUs were allowed to leave on their own recognizance; some were arrested and arraigned (see photo of President Peter Morales); some were jailed overnight, to be arraigned today. Many UUs remained outside the prison, in a vigil to stand with their jailed comrades.
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(Morales pic courtesy of Standing on the Side of Love's twitpic.)
My stomach clenched when I saw this photo of the Rev. Ms. Susan Frederick-Gray in handcuffs. Her body posture and the grim look of determination on her face affected me powerfully. Many people are unjustly arrested everyday, and I am grateful that my life has been largely untouched by that kind of injustice so far. Seeing friends and colleagues put into such positions makes this more real somehow. Thanks to everyone who protested, especially to those willing to be arrested. Let us all keep up the pressure to end this travesty of a law, and to start a sane and compassionate conversation about race in our USA...