KVSF Pays For The Protest
October 17, 2007 at 1:42 PM (PT)
The morning show of HUTTON BROADCASTING AAA KVSF (PROJECT 101.5)/SANTA FE has basically thrown itself into a local anti-war protest, offering to pay a fine levied against an activist.
Reportedly, a SANTA FE Magistrate judge fined anti-war protester PHILLIP BALCOMBE $355, a one-year probation and a six- hour suspended sentence for occupying an elevator that led to the office of Sen. PETE DOMENICI, after the Senator's office refused to accept his "Declaration of Peace" letter. According to the SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN, U.S. Magistrate Judge DON SVET then dissed the protesters, accusing them of "trivializing democracy" and asserting that the way to change things was through the ballot box.
That accusation prompted the morning show to pay for BALCOMBE's fine. Morning host TODD V stated: "I decided to pay the fine because it strikes me as odd that, if they were convicted of simply 'blocking an elevator' and NOT because they were speaking out, that a U.S. Magistrate judge would see fit to give a flawed civics lesson during sentencing. We went to the ‘ballot box’ a year ago demanding change. Based on his commentary, Judge SVET seems to believe that we as AMERICANS should subjugate conscience to politics and rationalize his vision of quiet compliance with tired rhetoric Whether Judge SVET realizes it or not, the most significant changes in American history have NOT come about by waiting for, and depending on paid-for politicians, but by withdrawing support from the status quo; demanding change. Would this judge have told MLK to 'simmer down and vote'? Striking workers during the labor movement? VIET NAM? The best way I could see to show my support was to neutralize the most effective weapon this judge thought he could wield; money. It’s our duty to act to change things ourselves. Relieving Mr. BALCOMBE of this $355 "censure" is a small gesture and money well spent."