By Khalid Naji-Allah, Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer –
Dr. Cornel West and R&B Singer Raheem DeVaughn made their way from the D.C. Superior Courthouse Monday, October 16, after the pair was arrested along with 17 others, on the steps of the United States Supreme Court last week, for trespassing. The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia declined to prosecute the group and charges against the 19 that were arrested were dropped.
As the pair emerged from the courthouse, a crowd of supporters cheered and the sounds of those familiar drums echoed in the background. One of those supporters awaiting their release was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who came to the courthouse to show his support for West, DeVaughn, and the Occupy Movement.
Rev. Jackson told The Washington Informer that he is in support of the movement. "One wave of this struggle has been students, next it has to be the homeowners who have lost their homes: They must join this. The churches that have been foreclosed: They must join this, and the unions whose workers have lost their jobs: They must join this," said Rev. Jackson who also commented went on about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and how the cost of both wars hurt this country financially.
"You are asking the laid off workers to pay for those misadventures [Iraq and Afghanistan], that's why [this movement] is so global because the pain is so connected."
Mike Guess, 33, drove for three days from Denver, Colorado and was one of three African-Americans arrested on the steps of the U. S. Supreme Court on Sunday. He showed joy as he walked out of the courthouse and embraced Dr. West and DeVaungh.
"I drove three days to get here to express my freedoms and his [Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s] thoughts. I look forward to going into this movement high speed screaming power to the people, fighting for justice non-violently."