Before being in jail, it was hard for me to understand what Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi meant when they said that prisons are the temples of freedom. It’s clear that they can do many things to your body and try to oppress you and use psychological violence. But there’s something so strong inside each of us, the human spirit, that they can not reach. They can put you in shackles and cold cement cells, and feed you horrible food, and put you in solitary confinement, but there’s no way that they can reach the human spirit. That was powerful—to find once again that that part is sacred.
– Pancho Ramos-Stierle, who was arrested while meditating during the police raid on Occupy Oakland on Nov. 14, 2011
- An interview with the activist who made headlines when he was arrested while meditating at Occupy Oakland. (clearskiesbluewater.wordpress.com)
- Arrested for Meditating? Why It’s Radical to Stay Nonviolent in the Face of Police Brutality (alternet.org)