Tuscon Progressive reports about the case of a brave elderly disabled woman who submitted herself to arrest to protest economic inequality.
This past Friday, grandmother Joan Zatorski Puca committed an act of civil disobedience by refusing to remove herself from the Occupy Tuscon encampment and was arrested by police. Watch video of her arrest:
She later released a statement saying she submitted herself to arrest to set an example of one person who has been devastated by the economy speaking up and standing out:
As an educated white woman, legally disabled by illness, a civil servant with almost 20 years of service to children who were living at or below the poverty line, a mother, grandmother, spouse, avowed Christian, registered and consistently-participating voter, American citizen by birthright, granddaughter of immigrants, who has never been arrested, much less walked into a jail, I believe I am the most “common” example of the “common person” impacted by the devastatingly serious economic issues that thousands upon thousands of people are demanding be addressed. I am you… we are all one and we are suffering. Only by uniting with one another can our most egregious issues be solved.
FireDogLake diarist Robert Alexander Dumas writes that Joan was never read her rights and was not allowed a phone call to reach her attorney.