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  • It was a very strange feeling to get out of bed every morning for two weeks and go to Lafayette Square across from the White House and give a little talk to the 100 or 150 people preparing to get arrested that day.

    I told them the same thing, more or less, each time.

    What you're doing is very very brave.

    Not because it's going to be physically hard. Only the first bunch of us actually had to go spend a few days in jail. You'll probably just be put in handcuffs and taken away in the paddy wagon and then fined.

    But that will be hard enough. Because normal Americans are used to doing what the police say to do. Standing there and hearing them tell you three times that you must leave and still just standing there—that's tough.

    And having your hands cuffed behind your back, and being led away—that's tough.

    And none of us could do it if we didn't understand that we had to. That the moment had come to say no to endless global warming, and to the pipelines, and the politicians, that force it down our throats.

    Before we were done with those two weeks, 1253 people had been arrested, the largest civil disobedience action in three decades in America. But that total meant 1253 individual decisions to be brave.

    I've never seen anything more beautiful in my life.

    Photo by Ben Powless
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