KATIE PICKRELL//KELSEY PHARIS
The streets of Washington, D.C., especially those surrounding high-profile buildings such as the Capitol or the White House, are filled with movement, culture and above all some of the most amazing stories that could never be imagined.
One instance of such an amazing story, or rather an amazing person, resides right outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Concepcion “Connie” Picciotto has been within walking distance of the gates of the White House since 1981 moving only in the circumstance of a Presidential Inauguration.
Picciotto is a peace activist who is most obviously opposed to the use of nuclear weapons in times of war. Upon first seeing Picciotto, it is also apparent that she detests the support the United States aids to Israel in conflicts such as the recent war with Palestine in the Gaza Strip.
Picciotto, in a very blunt and honest manner, exhumes the injustices regarding Israel as her view of genocide. Her residence at first looks as if it could be a vigil.
Picciotto’s utilization of her first amendment rights of speech, assembly and petition are not presented in a gawking manner. Her presence in a one-person peace camp seemed to be more underrated than anything else.
Her words to anyone and everyone who would listen seemed to be a warning to future generations.
Picciotto stated, and truthfully so, that nuclear warfare (which remains in the hands of onl y nine countries) would be detrimental to the future of humanity. “It would ruin our society and our land,” Picciotto said.
People like Picciotto are first-hand examples of how important the first amendment can be to an individual lifestyle. Without the freedoms provided to every American as they are to Picciotto, assembling on the property inside of the District of Columbia in such a close vicinity to the White House (or even anywhere else) to spread ideas that aren’t part of a popular culture would be unheard of.