When they came for me

For Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange

First they came for the confidential source.
And I said nothing because I was not a confidential source.
Then they came for the journalist.
And I said nothing because I was not a journalist.
Then they came for the publisher.
And I said nothing because I was not a publisher.
Then they came for the reader.

Roger Stoll is a Latin America/Caribbean solidarity activist with the Task Force on the Americas, a three-decades-old anti-imperialist human rights organization. He has published articles, book reviews and political poetry in Dissident Voice, Counterpunch, Popular Resistance, San Francisco Examiner, ZNet, Jewschool, and New Verse News. Read other articles by Roger.