"What are you going to wear to get arrested?" That's a question I never thought I would hear from my wife, but it was what she asked me as I mentally prepared to be arrested as part of a non-violent direct action protesting the petroleum industry and demanding a just transition to renewable energy this past Sunday.
I was proud to sit on the Capitol steps, proud to have police officers arrest me, proud to be detained. Civil disobedience provides its own vocabulary, its own means of expression. By our act, we said: What's going on inside the Capitol, and in our country, is wrong. By our act, we said: It is not just wrong, it is unacceptable. And we won't accept it.
Lynne Iser has plans to get arrested next month, and she wants hundreds of other elders by her side when she does. The campaign has been endorsed by over 100 organizations (including the one I work for, Avaaz), and counts a number of celebrities and public figures among those pledging to risk arrest in nonviolent civil disobedience.