“I Will Continue to Break Laws”: A Statement at Sentencing

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About Jeremy John

Jeremy John is the Food and Faith Network Director at the Quixote Center, where he builds alternative economies in faith institutions for food justice, where he landed after Occupy DC remade his hopes and dreams. Jeremy has been an activist ever since he accidentally ate the red pill instead of the more harmless blue one. He converted to Christianity, to his horror, while serving a six-month prison term for civil disobedience to close the School of the Americas. He blogs about faith and activism and tweets about whatever catches his fancy, usually faith.


  1. Good for you, Jeremy. That’s exactly the right approach to defying unjust laws–nonviolently, publicly, and with full acceptance of the consequences in order to make your point. Civil disobedience is one of the noblest acts a citizen can perform.

  2. John Anderson says:

    I’ll say one thing, Jeremy–your writing in GlassDimly is much more focused than this blast-from-the-past. I’m surprised you didn’t quote extensively from Locke’s “Second Treatise on Government” with a few pithy comments from Robert Nozick thrown in for good measure.

    • Glad you like the blog. Yes, this is old content. When you have these biographical moments, it’s about expressing yourself exactly as you see it, rather than striving for academic originality.

  3. The man knows his Thoreau: If the law is of such a nature that it requires you to be an agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law.

  4. Well, yes, sure. But at the same time, the statement reads to me as justifying contributing to teh poisoning of other human beings. Cocaine is poison. What responsibility will the disadvantaged poor take for turning to crime, to poisoning others, as a way out of poverty? I myself am grateful I don’t have to answer this question, but I like to think were I destitute, I would choose to maintain my condition before I would contribute to poisoning others, to enabling the murderous cartels by providing them with product.

    You are quite right though that the solution to the drug war is not shooting; it’s economic reform and justice. And that the “School of the America’s” is an abomination.

  5. Oh, I see, you are thinking about the “coca farmer” bit.

    The problem is that US-funded spray planes in Colombia blanket large areas with Monsanto roundup to kill coca plants. Ironically, coca is the most hardy plant, and, if the leaves are harvested immediately, will put out another crop in 3 months, whereas legit crops like cacao (chocolate) will never grow again.

    So people in these war-torn regions have little option but coca production.

    There, that’s a justification for coca production. ;)

    Here’s a link to a project that I’m involved in related to displacement from coca spraying in Colombia: http://www.giveusnames.org/

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