Every state in the United States has a capitol. The City that plays host to that capitol has a special task to hold that capitol secure and accessible for the People. Last year, I went to my state capitol, Sacramento, California, for the occupy national gathering. We arrived the day before, met up with the local organizers who had informed us of their typical police harassment they had been experiencing when news of the Occupy National Gathering was coming to Sacramento. A small group of citizens that actually hailed from all over the world,we had no more than the Continental Congess except when we had our demonstrations and direct actions.
After hearing about the harassment of the local police and their promise of more, I went to the Sacramento City Council meeting and addressed my concerns for the gathering, invited the City play “a good host” as opposed to how they promised to show up in riot gear for our very little, sweet, but deliberate gathering. Securing safe space begins with clear communication. I think that if I give all government officials their position’s authority and expect, demand and require them to hold that authority as The People consent, they will ultimately do what the People consent for them to do, based on the continued informed direction from the People.