“The freedom of expression was so highly valued by the Founding Fathers that they awarded it a position of prominence in the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment protects Americans against Congress making laws “abridging the freedom of speech” and permitting citizens to “assemble peaceably and to petition their government” (Legal Information Institute, 2016, para. 2).
The freedom of speech is a right many Americans have an affinity towards, and one the left often seeks to exercise, though they also seek to limit its use by their political opponents. Nevertheless, similar to the right to privacy, the right to free speech is something a great number of Americans often appear willing to voluntarily relinquish. While the United States does not have a formal Thought Police, many Americans are ready and willing to police the thoughts of other Americans”—Max Alexander
Will Planer is unjustly being prosecuted for crimes of self defense.
A political prisoner is someone persecuted because of their thoughts or belief, not necessarily due a particular action or crime.
Image if you were surrounded by hundreds of people who wanted you dead, imagine what it would be like for you. Would you let them hurt you? Would you let them kill you? No! You defend yourself and you fight for your life!
Keep in mind, they were LEGALLY permitted to be there. They were the permit holders and were there to exercise their constitutional right to free speech.
He was operating within the confines of the LAW.
The 1st Amendment states “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.”
· California law does recognize your right to defend yourself with deadly force. A jury is instructed to find you innocent of homicide, assault or other charges if you were acting reasonably under the circumstance. A reasonable circumstance under California Jury Instructions #505 and #506 means:
1. You reasonably believed you were in danger of being injured or killed;
2. You reasonably believed that you needed to use force to prevent this from happening; and
3. You used no more force than was necessary to stop the threat.
If you are facing a reasonable threat of being injured or killed, you do not have to run away under California law, as long as you did not make the first strike.
The legal system, alongside the media, are trying to assassinate Will’s character in an attempt to distract from the facts at hand. He is being persecuted for his beliefs, NOT his actions!
No matter what your opinions are regarding why he was there, one thing is for sure-he, and those with him– were legally permitted to be there, and their rights were violated on many counts.
He is very thankful for all the support he’s been given so far, but now is the time to do more. His story needs exposure— for the benefit of him, his case, and our folk to shed light on all the injustice surrounding it.
He will be going to trial and he needs all the assistance he can get, including legal activism, moral and legal support.
Will is facing an uphill battle and not only needs financial help to retain his lawyer through trial, but he can use your correspondence, networking, articles and publicity.
We don’t forget our fallen, and it could easily have been any one of us in his position. Wouldn’t you want the same if it were you?
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