‘We support your right to protest, but can you do it in a manner that can be ignored completely?’ Fortuna High School Graduate Sentenced for Protest Before Supreme Court
A Fortuna High School class of 1992 graduate who shouted a protest in front of the Supreme Court in April of 2015 was sentenced Monday to two weekends in prison. Yesterday, the Washington Post featured the story of how Matthew Kresling and his fellow protestors broke a 1949 law “restricting public protest at the court.”
The Post also linked to an essay written by Kresling that he read in court. In it, Kresling argued,
[W]e disrupted the Supreme Court: to warn that the public was losing faith in the fairness and integrity of its government…[T]here’s a growing, almost irreversible, feeling in this country that government is not responsive to the will of the people, only to a wealthy donor class…My friends and I broke the law because we couldn’t afford to influence the government legally…Of course, I understand that the government’s objection is not to what we said, but the manner in which we said it, and the timing. But this is always the establishment’s response to civil disobedience: We don’t object to what you say, but can you please do it where we can’t hear it? We support your right to protest, but can you do it in a manner that can be ignored completely?