Protest at the Michigan State Capitol
by Eric Cabrera
I went to the rally on March 14th and 15th with a friend. We arrived when they needed us the most, after the masses had left. We met four dedicated activists who vowed to spend the night on the capitol steps, so we kicked it with them.
The collective energy of our group reached out to the public, and I still feel that energy.
Some people responded by offering their bathrooms to use throughout the night. A local activist provided her drums for us to play. The suits avoided us when we asked, “Sir, what is your role here?”
Wednesday's rally was a demonstration of commitment, a commitment to take the protest to the next level: human beings committed to stay in the capitol until arrested.
The committed supporters outside collected bail. They blocked cop cars with garbage dumps, and eventually with themselves.
Anything to stop their friends from being arrested, by those who maintain a system where we are only "free to follow the rules.”
Photos © Eric Cabrera 2011