This Week’s Cartoon: “The Free speech Dimension”

My cartoonist colleague Susie Cagle was arrested while reporting on #OccupyOakland last week. I can assure you, she’s not the sort of person to give cops a hard time. She was standing in a doorway with a bunch of observers from the National Lawyers Guild, trying to avoid a skirmish, when the police came up and arrested all of them. So I got to thinking… if protesters aren’t allowed to peacefully assemble on private property, and they risk arrest or physical injury from overzealous police on public property, where are they supposed to go, exactly? An entirely separate plane of existence is all they seem to be left with.

The 1% have lobbyists, superPACs, and Fox News, of course, so they don’t have to bother with the messiness of occupying meatspace to make their case.


  • Jeff Mason


  • Elmore

    I think that’s the whole point of this effort to occupy meatspace: we’ve gotten to where being a citizen or a voter means nothing anymore, from the local level on up. Our leaders in government are listening if you’re the CEO of some gigantic corporation, or a well-connected lobbyist, or a well-connected fundraiser (superPAC), or a media mogul. But if you represent “the people” or your community or anything else that doesn’t have to do with big money and power, NO ONE is listening. To me, that’s really what this occupy movement is about, whether they’ve articulated it that way or not.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.