Monday, April 29, 2002

Hey, it isn't racial profiling....

My sixth-grade teacher once told me the thing
that makes this country great is that in the United
States, we are free to speak our minds. I began
to seriously doubt the truth of that sentiment on
April 19 when I was detained overnight in
Milwaukee along with several others of the
well-known, non-violent organization Peace
Action ("Security fear keeps peace group at
airport," April 20).

We were on our way to demonstrate and lobby
our representatives in Washington, D.C. As I
approached the airline ticket counter at Mitchell
International Airport to get my boarding pass, I
was told that I couldn't fly because my name
appeared on a "no fly" list.