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 (San Francisco Examiner, ZNet), book reviews (Counterpunch.org, Dissident Voice, Jewschool), and poetry (Dissident Voice, New Verse News). He has been arrested numerous times in support of various causes. Read other articles by Roger.