Peace be with you
There’s an idiom which says, “fools rush in where angles fear to tread.” I’m pretty sure I a rushing in right now, but I can’t resist. Congratula-motherfucking-ation Phillip Crandall for being the ACLU’s civil liberty patriot of 2009. I don’t really think it elevates him as much as it deelevates the ACLU.
This is slightly embarrassing, because the ACLU also nominated me for that award. I haven’t written about it because I was ashamed to be associated with any of the other nominees. If I had been nominated with someone like Verbana, who was arrested defending civil liberties twice last year, along with training hundreds of community members on their civil liberties, I would feel ok about it. Hell, even Geronimo, who held the vigil while I was in jail has done more in the last year to promote civil liberties than I have.
Whether it is John Shelter, who goes out under the guise of his “new programs” and steals houseless people’s possessions, or Bonny Neely who voted to spend $70,000 of “homeless funds” for a Rob Amerman study that concluded we need to collect more data, and $85,000 for a homeless information collecting computer program, these are not people associated with civil liberties.
I’ve already expressed how I feel there are many others in our community still fighting as patriots of civil liberties, but definitely not Phillip Crandall. Crandall is not known for his civil liberties either in house or out. He’s a prescription pad in employment of the pharmaceutical corporations, with the tax payer as the insurance company. He continually boasts that an unrealistically large number of our community members need his CalMAP services (pharmaceuticals). He constantly brings mandatory mental health policies before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.
By nominating me, and rewarding Crandall, one might think, I might refrain from exposing the fact that this is the ACLU justifying the actions of Phillip Crandall. Call me a sore fucking loser if you want, but fuck that shit, lives are at stake. There is no justification for what Crandall does or plans on doing to this county.
Bad decision ACLU. Its one thing to defend the rights of nazis free speech rights, it is something else entirely to praise Eichmann. Please don’t ever nominate me for anything again.