Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Paris Williams (1953-2005)

An officer who died while protecting our First Ammendment Rights.


At 9:29 PM, Blogger VictorShvaiko said...

I have all the respect in the world for Officer Williams, but although civil affairs may have been created to protect first amendment rights of free speech, this is no longer the case. The officers constantly side with the businesses and actually lie to try to get demonstrators to go away or shut up. Not Mr. Williams necessarily, but the majority of officers in the department.

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Pat Evans/Butcher/Wicks said...

victor, could you be more specific in citing instances where this is has occured? as staff for MoveOn, PUP, AFSC I have helped organize at least 10 rallies in the past 4 years and civil affairs officers have always been relaly respectful. One action we held at PUP was on Fred DiBona, then CEO of Blue Cross. We wanted to deliver a letter to him at his office at 19th and Market. Civil Affairs officers ended up leading negotiations on our behalf and were really helpful.

so, i realize this all anecdotal, but can you be more specific in supporting your claim that civil affairs "constantly side with business?"

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Ben Waxman said...

I have the same feeling about Civil Affairs. I've always found them to be really helpful and generally nice guys.

Once, we had a permit for a rally on the wrong side of the Federal Building. The Civil Affairs guys moved us over to the other side. The best part was we didn't even ask. They were like, "Hey, you guys wanna move? No one will see you here."


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