I was arrested at Occupy Phoenix this Saturday for refusing to leave the park we were trying to set up as our camp. There were 46 of us charged with 1st degree loitering, a misdemeanor. Our court date is October 26th.
We spent 14 hours in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's freezing jail with moldy food and constantly changing information. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I would do it again in a heartbeat. We held our own mini general assemblies, did yoga, and kept each other sane. We talked about the movement, the world, the future. We talked to our fellow inmates, who were all smart and sweet and gave us incredible information about their lives and the injustices of the prison system. We learned so much.
The ACLU has taken on our case. It's going to be interesting to see what happens.
My only regret is that I made my poor boyfriend worry all Sunday. We didn't go to the protest intending to be arrested, my sister and I, but it was the right thing to do. He tried to pay our bail and by that time it was already late enough that we'd be out in a few hours. He's gone to California this weekend for five days and I miss him terribly already.
My sister and I are going back to this weekend. I have met so many great people so far, and I can't wait to see who I meet next. I believe in this movement wholeheartedly, and I am ready for what comes next.