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Pro-life Student Group Arrested And Being Held In Jail For Practicing Free Speech – Story and Pics Here.

Members of the Survivors Campus Life Tour were arrested yesterday during a lawful pro-life outreach at a public high school. It does not matter whether you agree with using graphic abortion images or not, this is a violation of their civil rights and an attack on free speech.

The Survivors was founded by Jeff White who is also my mentor and the co-founder of Rock for Life with me. Jeff is the reason I started in full time pro-life work almost 20 years ago; he is an inspiration to so many young pro-lifers. The Survivors is truly one of the most important youth pro-life organizations in the world. These are my roots.

As Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life, my job is to help educate, activate and equip young people to be a voice for life in this culture of death. When courageous young people like the Survivors are arrested for standing up for life and practicing free speech we must be outraged. We at Priests for Life stand by the Survivors, they are an inspiration to young pro-lifers around the world.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life said, “Those who are persecuting these brave young pro-life activists are cowards, and a good example of what is wrong in our culture today. I consider the Survivors to be a movement within the pro-life movement, inspiring all of us to give ourselves more generously  for the unborn. Sometimes that means arrest and prison, not for doing wrong, but for standing up against wrongdoing.”

Here are the reports coming in from the Survivors Facebook Page and some action items you can do to help these young, brave pro-life warriors. We will keep adding updates as they come in.

BREAKING NEWS: Survivors arrested in Jackson, Mississippi! The Campus Life Team were arrested for standing on a public sidewalk in front of Murrah High this afternoon. Moments after arriving at the campus to share the message of Life, Kristina Garza and Brianna Baxter were handcuffed and taken to the county jail while two more members had their signs and lit taken from them and were forced across the street. Please pray as the Survivors continue standing for their first amendment rights in this situation! We will keep you updated.

URGENT REQUEST: The Survivors are STILL being punitively held at the Hinds County Jail. At this point, Jackson will probably attempt to hold them overnight. Do you want to help the Survivors? Call the Hinds County Jail booking office RIGHT NOW and ask that the Survivors be released! Call 601-857-4800, ask for Deputy Williams (booking Deputy).

LOCAL NEWS: As quoted in this news article from WAPT, the superintendent of Jackson Public Schools and local law enforcement say they had “no recourse but to arrest the demonstrators,” claiming the Survivors were trespassing and creating a safety issue. The Survivors were on a PUBLIC SIDEWALK when they were arrested, peacefully handing out literature and holding signs. Murrah, the only safety issue we see is your administration endangering our right to freedom of speech.

KEEP THE CALLS GOING! Survivors have just found out that Jackson PD is holding the team because the Campus Enforcement will not release the paperwork. The more calls coming into the booking office, the faster they will move to get that paperwork! PLEASE CALL 601-857-4800, request to speak with Deputy Williams (booking deputy), ask him why they haven’t released the young pro-lifers arrested early this afternoon!

UPDATE: Jackson PD kept Kristina Garza and Brianna Baxter in the county jail all night after unlawfully arresting them yesterday afternoon for “disorderly conduct” and “interfering with a bus driver.” BOTH FALSE CHARGES. The Survivors were handing out literature on a public sidewalk — an activity that is well within their rights as citizens and which poses no danger to anyone around them. Kristina and Brianna will go before the judge at 9 AM this morning. PLEASE KEEP THEM IN YOUR PRAYERS!

Update 10:25 AM Both Kristina and Brianna are being held on $2000 bonds each. They were not put on the court docket today but the rest of the team is trying hard to get them added to this afternoon’s docket.  Please pray that they get in front of a judge this afternoon and do not have to spend anymore time behind bars.

Update 2:30 PM Both Kristina and Brianna are being RELEASED! The judge has decided to release both of the Survivors, trusting them to show back up for a court hearing on April 6th. We are praying that the charges are dropped before that date.

Update: 6:30 PM Here is the official press release and video of the arrests:

Pro-Life Youth Arrested for Peaceful Free Speech Activity on Public Sidewalk

Life Legal Defense Foundation Defends Activists in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss., March 7, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday, two college-age members of the Survivors Campus Life Tour were arrested on a public sidewalk outside of Murrah High School in Jackson, Mississippi, while distributing literature to students in front of the campus.

The group of pro-life youth activists first attempted to hold signs, distribute literature, and peacefully dialogue with students on the public sidewalk on Monday. Jackson School Police Officers immediately confronted the group and moved their signs across the street, sequestered students back inside the school grounds, and ordered students not to take the literature being handed out or speak with the demonstrators. The police claimed that the sidewalk belonged to the school and that they had a right to remove the pro-life activists. At the same time, the Survivors observed that the same sidewalk they were denied access to was being used by passersby and joggers.

After conferring with their attorneys from the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), the Campus Life Team returned to the public sidewalk in front of Murrah High School yesterday. When the police told the activists to leave the sidewalk or go to jail, Kristina Garza and Brianna Baxter remained, and were immediately arrested.

“Law enforcement officers and officers of the court are charged with protecting our civil liberties, but in this case they are intentionally conspiring to subvert the legal process and deny these pro-life advocates their right to due process of law,” said Dana Cody, executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation. “Rest assured, everyone involved in the miscarriage of justice will be held accountable for their misdeeds.”

Here is a photo of the girls in court.

Here are the other members of the Survivors Team praying outside the courthouse for the two still in custody.

Here are some of the pics from the event including arrests. Go to the Survivors Facebook page for more photos, don’t forget to like their page and show them your support.

5 Comments

  1. Michael
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    It’s time to protest with out asking it sounds.like its time to fight a war to TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY from dictators this isn’t a democratic country anymore.. ra time to take no more this is my country if u don’t like the way we the ppl.do stuff get true hell out and don’t come back …

  2. Fred
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Can you imagine what would happen if the people arrested were Black and the police and the the school children in the pictures were white ? Instead of the reverse as pictured. It would be on every TV station and news media in the USA.
    This is the worst display of reverse discrimination I have ever seen in my 70 years of a US citizen. The US Supreme Court has upheld the First Amendment Right of Free Speech precisely for situations such as this.
    I don’t like lawsuits but there has to be one here to protect all US Citizens and protect the US Constitution. Enough Already !

    • Ronnie James
      Posted March 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      Fred, in fairness one of the women who was arrested is of Hispanic descent. So it’s a white girl and a brown girl, being arrested in front of black children so race has little to no issue for the arrest, just the young ladies beliefs. The fact that your 70 tells me you come from a time where a black man and a white woman driving at night in a car together would be unthinkable and in some cases down right disrespectful. So please, leave race out of this. But what do you expect from a country where the government will say that corporations such as Wal-Mart are considered people, but they will not say that a 6 week fetus is.

  3. Dulce
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    What if the “Occupy” protestors were doing their stuff there? Would they arrest them?!?

  4. Posted March 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Move Right.

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