We Shall Not Be Moved
a small sampling of 20th century prisoners
"We also tend to lay stress differently than Gandhi
on the phases of civil disobedience. We tend to think breaking the
law is the core of it. But, to Gandhi, the core of it was going
to prison. Breaking the law was mostly just a way to get there."
Gandhi and His Myths
by Mark Shepard
Arrested many times, Gandhi spent a total
of seven years in prison. See also Mahatma
Jailed for six months in
1918 for writing anti-war article; while imprisoned, writes
Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy and begins
The Analysis of Mind.
intellectual, published Regeneracion in Los Angeles, died
in Leavenworth Prison in 1922, imprisoned under the Espionage
Act. See also SIN
JEFES [Without Bosses].
In 1961-62, activist and folk
Seeger spent months
in jail for contempt of congress. Can you believe that?
Let's say they locked up everyone who is in contempt of
congress. They'd have to turn the whole country into a prison!
They could set aside a little area for those who don't have
contempt for congress, fence it off, and call THAT freedom.
I figure it would have about half a dozen residents: three
or four sitting members and a couple of others, at most.
I just referred to the creation of
tension as a part of the work of the nonviolent resister. This
may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid
of the word tension. I have earnestly worked and preached against
violent tension, but there is a type of constructive nonviolent
tension that is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that
it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals
could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered
realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must see
the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension
in society that will help men to rise from the dark depths of
prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding
Luther King, Jr.
Letter from the Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
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