After the hearing on Tuesday morning, October 19, members of the RNC 8 Defense Committee and defendant Garrett Fitzgerald addressed a large crowd of reporters and supporters. Here’s the text of Garrett’s statement to the crowd outside the courthouse on Kellogg Boulevard.
These halls are advertised as a house of justice. In reality, this is a catacomb, where cries for justice come to die. I am still strong, standing here before you, because I never simply called for justice. I knew this call would go unanswered. I demand justice, yes, but I know the courts better than to believe they would or could grant it. That is why when I stand here now I say, “I stand for justice,” and I say this regardless of the courts position on the matter.
I look around this city and everything I see is made or controlled by people. Even the great river is channeled by concrete. People could have created anything, none of it is absolute, yet this is what was fabricated. This is what has been constructed and a new world will not be built upon its rotten foundation. Instead, the bricks and mortar, the ideas, the systems, all must be deconstructed.
Expressions of unrest come not from one person, or even one group of people alone, but from tumult in the social fabric. War, economic crisis, environmental devastation – that annoying boss at work – that’s what brings people out into the street. And, out in the streets of St. Paul on September 1st, 2008, for a brief moment, authority lost control.
In their absence, real people began to remake the world. There were dance parties, debates, cries of pain and protest, and raw deconstruction of the old, all together in one voice rejecting this fabrication. I was in jail for those two hours when authority lost control, but if anything I did helped to bring them about – I couldn’t be more proud and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
In a heartbeat because my heart still beats, and until the day that it stops, I will fight for true freedom and an end to all oppression.
To quote 80′s pop sensation Pat Benatar:
We can’t afford to be innocent
Stand up and face the enemy
It’s a do or die situation
We will be invincible.
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