On May 24, talk radio host and civil rights activist Adam Kokesh was released from federal custody. Kokesh was arrested during a marijuana legalization protest in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 18 on the charge of resisting arrest, and charges of felony assault on an officer were brought against him on May 20. Kokesh refused to cooperate with the process of his kidnapping by the federal government, and ultimately had his felony charges reduced to citations which, according to his Facebook page, he refused to sign.
According to Ernest Hancock of Freedom’s Phoenix, Kokesh “is in good spirits” and will tell all about his experience in federal detention on the ‘Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock’ radio show at 11:00 a.m. EDT on May 27.
Following his arrest and release, Kokesh responded with a press release concerning the ‘Open Carry March on Washington, D.C.’ that he has been organizing for July 4, 2013. In the press release, he changed the name of the event to ‘The Final American Revolution’ and expanded it to be a separate event in the capital city of each state, as well as in other major cities across America, such as Charlotte, N.C., saying that “[t]his revolution has been brewing in the hearts and minds of the people for many years, but this [I]ndependence [D]ay, it shall take a new form as the American Revolutionary Army will march on each state capital to demand that the governors of these 50 states immediately initiate the process of an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property.” He also included a list of grievances much like those found in the Declaration of Independence, saying that “[w]hen a government has repeatedly and deliberately failed to follow its own laws, violated the fundamental human rights of its citizens, threatened the sanctity of a free press, created institutions intended to eliminate privacy of communication, waged war at the behest of special interest that threatens the public safety, killed hundreds of children with drone strikes, imprisoned and destroyed the lives of countless individuals for victimless crimes, stifled economic opportunity to maintain the dominance of the financial elite, stolen from the people through an absurd system of taxation and inflation, sold future generations into debt slavery, and abused it’s power to suppress political opposition, it is unfit to exist and it becomes the duty of the people to alter or abolish that government by whatever means necessary to secure liberty and ensure peace. A new American revolution is long overdue.”