Alice Walker Joins 'Thank You, Ed Snowden' Campaign Pulitzer Prize Winner Sends Message: 'I Admire Your Courage'
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, September 13, 2013, 04:30 PM EDT
The campaign is well on its way to 10,000 signatures and the initiative is taking off to put large "Thank You, Ed Snowden" bus advertisements on the outside of Washington, D.C. buses.
Many people have submitted personal messages and photographs, as Alice Walker has now done along with her partner Kaleo Larson, which have been posted on the Thank You Ed Snowden website and Facebook page.
Ed Snowden's revelations are tearing down the wall shielding illegal government conduct.
"Quietly but steadily, the government has been inverting the principles of democracy. If the precondition for democracy is an informed public, the government has instead been keeping us in the dark," said PCJF Legal Director Carl Messineo.
If the essence of democracy is the consent and will of the people, we instead have a government that treats every resident as a potential adversary. Indeed, in the documents just released, "adversary" is the term that the U.S. government used to refer to the general public.
"We are learning far more about the activities of our government from Ed Snowden than we do from those elected to represent us," said PCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.
This shows the stakes of the current movement. Standing with Ed Snowden is not just about an individual, but about the future of democracy.