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The Politics of Faith with Rodney Sadler

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Rev. Sadler's guest is Bree Newsome the young woman who bravely climbed the flag pole and took down the Confederate flag during the services for Rev. Clemanta Pinkney.

Bree Newsome, 30, was about halfway up the more than 30-foot steel flagpole in front of the Statehouse just after dawn Saturday when State Capitol police told her to come down. Instead, she continued up and removed the flag before returning to the ground.

While she was clinging to the pole with the flag in hand, Newsome shouted: 'You come against me with hatred and oppression and violence. 

'I come against you in the name of God. 

'This flag comes down today.' 

As she calmly descended the pole and lowered the flag into the waiting arms of police, Newsome said 'the Lord is my light and my salvation' and announced she was prepared to be arrested.

Newsome, who was decked out in climbing gear and wore a helmet during her courageous climb, and a man, James Tyson, who entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag were arrested.

The pair's full names are Brittany Ann Byuarim Newsome and James Ian Tyson. 

Color of Change has a petition demanding that all charges against Bree Newsome be dropped. Sign the petition here.