Monday, September 12, 2005

Quid Pro Quo:
So Much For Vermont Tourism

Rosemarie Jackowski protested the Iraq war on March 20, 2003, in Bennington, Vermont.

Rosemary Jackowski carried a sign depicting a dying Iraqi child on a gurney.

According to the Bennington Banner, Rosemary Jackowski was arrested and later found guilty of "intending to block traffic and annoy drivers when she stood in Bennington County's busiest intersection."

Rosemary's case made it all the way to the Vermont State Supreme Court.

Deputy State's Attorney Daniel McManus said that "when Jackowski refused to move from the intersection, she showed that she intended to block traffic and knowingly annoy drivers."

The maximum penalty for disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, is two months in jail and a $500 fine.

Rosemarie Jackowski is 68 years old.

Rosemarie Jackowski is 4' 10" tall.

Rosemarie Jackowski is a US Air Force veteran.

Rosemarie Jackowski is prepared to go to jail if her appeal fails.

As for Bennington, Vermont...

Population (year 2000): 15,737
Males: 7,323 (46.5%), Females: 8,414 (53.5%)

Elevation: 681 feet

County: Bennington

Median resident age: 37.9 years
Median household income: $33,706 (year 2000)
Median house value: $98,400 (year 2000)

Races in Bennington:

* White Non-Hispanic (96.3%)
* Hispanic (1.0%)
* Two or more races (1.0%)
* American Indian (0.7%)
* Black (0.6%)

15,737 people.

How much damned traffic could one 68 year-old grandmother block?

How many damned drivers could she possibly annoy?

How bored are Vermont's prosecutors?

I just crossed Vermont off my Fall vacation list.

Heavy sigh.

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Blogger jurassicpork said...

You just know that if it was a pro-Bush/pro-war sign, they would've not only left her alone, they would've brought out lemonade for her.

11:42 PM  
Blogger vtpeace said...

Rosemarie is a heroine .. she did what many of us dared not do, and that is to stand up for right and wrong! I was with her that day, and all we wanted to do was to get people to face the reality of what Bush was doing, right at that very minute .. 'shock and awe' is not a new video game, people, it's bombs dropping on innocent civilians -- including children, and the blood is real. 'Collateral damage' does not describe the reality. Bush lied and he continues to lie. He was still parroting WMD's and linking 9/11 and Iraq when he knew it was lies.

7:10 PM  

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