Protesting – a really great democratic right

I have protested more in the past several months than I had ever exercised that American Constitutional-right in my entire life and feel really good about my actions!

I protested the attempted curtailment of postal services at the Conshohocken Post Office and knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds at the Montgomery County Courthouse in protest of the police killing of George Floyd.

Meanwhile, I took part in a rally against the current president by waving banners of Biden-for-president in West Conshohocken that was created by a Hispanic youth from Norristown who was but 19-years-old.

And, as a former combat infantry platoon leader, I felt honored to have joined forces with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf at the courthouse steps in Norristown to protest gun violence a few months ago.

Today is the anniversary of the world’s largest protest ever. It was on October 15, 2011, that global protests were held inspired by the Arab Spring, the Icelandic protests, the Portuguese “Geração à Rasca”, the Spanish “Indignants”, the Greek protests, and the Occupy movement. Global demonstrations were held in more than 950 cities in 82 countries. The protests were launched under the slogan “United for Global Democracy.”

I had taken part in only three protests prior to my most recent activities. I felt it was my duty to speak out and assert my right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution which says the following:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

My first protest occurred in Philadelphia outside the former Inquirer building. I was a union organizer representing The Newspaper Guild and proudly marched in the job action against management.

My next two protests also took place in Philadelphia a block away from Independence Hall as I joined a bunch of Buddhists protesting the Chinese occupation of Tibet. I carried signs and smiled and waved at motorists who honked in support while passing us in the rain that poured on both occasions.

Protesting the actions of the postmaster general in Conshohocken

I feel that protesting is a form of duty, if you know what I mean. As an issue arises, I believe the universe is providing me a way to show my feelings.

It was most rewarding to join my fellow public defenders outside the county courthouse in support of Black Lives Matter and against police brutality. I also took pride as a veteran to outwardly protest the use of assault rifles in America.

Like I said. It’s a way of doing my duty for God and country. You ought to try it sometime!

4 comments on “Protesting – a really great democratic right

  1. Deborah Debree says:

    Did you messenger a video to us about Bob??


    Liked by 1 person

  2. contoveros says:

    The following comments were offered on Facebook:

    Nancy Stinson
    Well said, my friend. My protesting days began in the 60s and included demonstrations for civil rights and women’s rights and against the war in Vietnam and gun violence.
    It amazed me, even at 17, that the chest-pounding, flag-waving adults who dismissed protestors as “unpatriotic” didn’t understand that this right was guaranteed in the constitution. I was frustrated that I could not show my support for the BLM movement in Philly this Spring, but my health concerns (and my husband) prohibited it. I was there in spirit.
    There is a helluva lot of fun and lots of spirit in protesting. My son protested against that church that attacked gays and I was never more proud of him for taking a stand.…

    Thanks, Nancy. And thanks for reminding everyone that protesting is guaranteed by the first of all of the amendments!


    Terri Kiral
    Thank you for your service, Michael. You keep on giving.
    It keeps me young and invigorated. I also have a lot of fun while meeting interesting people who feel as strongly as I do about certain issues.


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