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Forum Post: *URGENT* Sacramento To Outlaw Protesting At City Hall 9-11-2012

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 9, 2012, 1:51 a.m. EST by dojii (0) from Sacramento, CA
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Video Message here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV0bm6_12XA

WE NEED YOU!! Help us save Free Speech in Sacramento. City Council plans to adopt and ordinance on 9-11-2012 that ABRIDGES the First Amendment, and Freedom to Assemble, requiring a permit and fee to assemble on City Hall.

We URGE you to show up to the WEST STEPS of the Capitol Building in Sacramento, for a speech and teach-in by Brother Carter. This Even Begins at 11:30AM on the WEST STEPS of the Capitol building. From there we will mass together, and discuss whatever capabilities we have for a Rally, march and protest against the Sacramento City Council; this day that they presume to adopt Ordinance chapter 12.47. The City Council meeting will be held, same day 9-11, between 3PM-6PM PST

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CANNOT BE IN SACRAMENTO we urge you to join this online Facebook event; https://www.facebook.com/events/268495736603658/ From there you will get access to many phone numbers, e-mail addresses and different activities, that you might make yourself HEARD even though you are not able to join us in person.

Ordinance Link Below


Sacramento needs you. Please support us. Thank You!!!



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[-] 2 points by geo (2638) from Concord, NC 11 years ago

We in Charlotte have already lost our Free Speech rights as shown during the DNC. Nobody cared then either. Free Speech was relegated to a small area in a back parking lot, with a time limit on what you can say. My guess is that this will continue happening in every city that has some consequence.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Could you write an open letter of protest about this? Send it off to government post it here and tweet it? Or just write and post the letter of protest and I will send it off and tweet it.

[-] 1 points by geo (2638) from Concord, NC 11 years ago

I sent this off today:

Open Letter to the Charlotte City Officials:

The efforts by the city of Charlotte to shut down demonstrations with its “no free speech zones", is just the beginning of a series of attacks against our rights to peaceful assembly and free speech. A new city ordinance lists a series of items that are grounds for arrest at an extraordinary event, some of which are absurd, such as permanent markers. In addition, the extraordinary event designation gives police broad powers to search backpacks, coolers, and briefcases of people going about their business on the street.

To illustrate the absurd nature of the new rules, handguns and rifles, of course, are perfectly legal to carry openly under North Carolina state law, although carrying a concealed weapon requires a permit. But people could face arrest for carrying water bottles, hair spray, socks, or magic markers. If one has a backpack on he is now open to questioning.

The rules explicitly ban “handbags, backpacks, soda cans, drink coolers, scarves, bike helmets, baby strollers, and non-service animals” within the hundred-square-block event zone. A “container or object of sufficient weight to be used as a projectile”, is also prohibitted. The vague wording suggests that this could include almost anything from an apple to an iPhone. We can easily see who these new restrictions are targeting.

“Invoking this draconian law is another example of our democracy being sold to the highest bidder. The City of Charlotte is protecting Bank of America’s bottom line. The Constitution and everyday people be damned,” said Julie Morgan, a local leader with Action NC.

Picketing and protesting are rigorously protected First Amendment rights, and courts examine any restrictions on them with the most stringent level of scrutiny. Any restrictions are only valid provided “they are justified without reference to the content of the regulated speech, that they are narrowly tailored to serve a significant governmental interest, and that they leave open ample alternative channels for communication of the information.” Courts are suspicious of overbroad or vague laws, created under the guise of public safety concerns, which actually target a group of political dissidents.


Geo Charlotte, NC

Contact Charlotte City Officials


Anthony Foxx (D)




Mayor Pro Tem

Patrick D. Cannon (D)



Council Member At-Large

Claire Green Fallon (D)



Council Member At-Large

David L. Howard (D)




Council Member At-Large

Beth Pickering (D)



District 1 Representative

Patsy Kinsey (D)


704-336-3432 or 704-376-5367

District 2 Representative

James Mitchell Jr. (D)



District 3 Representative

LaWana Mayfield (D)


704-336-3435 (office) or 704-352-7305 (cell)


District 4 Representative

Michael D. Barnes (D)



District 5 Representative

John Autry (D)



District 6 Representative

Andy Dulin (R)




District 7 Representative

Warren Cooksey (R)




City Manager

Curt Walton


704-336-2241 (Phone)

704-336-6644 (Fax)

City Attorney

Robert E. Hagemann


[-] 1 points by neutrino (-197) 11 years ago

It's against the forum rules to provide personal information on the forum.

[-] 1 points by geo (2638) from Concord, NC 11 years ago

Thanks I forgot

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

This would be public information on public officials - not private information of private individuals.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Can you make this a new post as I still have time to wait before I can post it fresh. Then I want to send it out again.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 11 years ago

a·bridge/əˈbrij/ Verb:

  1. Shorten (a book, movie, speech, or other text) without losing the sense.
  2. Curtail (rights or privileges).

these to definitions seem to be conflicted

one doesn't lose sense while the other does

public building should be centers for free assembly

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