Yes, We Have a Permit to Occupy

U.S. Hypocrisy about Occupations

RootsAction's Aimee Allison is at Occupy Oakland and reports:

"At about 6 a.m. on Tuesday, hundreds of police descended on our encampment at City Hall.  They used tear gas, beanbag rounds, and a long range acoustic device (LRAD).  They arrested about 90 people and took down dozens of tents.  They also broke up a smaller encampment into which Occupy Oakland had overflowed.  After the mass eviction, I personally witnessed a police officer threatening unarmed people with a rifle.  This is not the society envisioned by our Bill of Rights."

The authorities say we don’t have the proper permits to occupy public spaces.

Our permit to occupy is the First Amendment.

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To Mayors and Police Chiefs,

OUR PERMIT TO OCCUPY PUBLIC SQUARES AND PARKS IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT, which affirms “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

When people across the Middle East occupied public squares, leaders in Washington mostly cheered those protesters and warned Middle Eastern governments not to use force to clear them. Those other societies don’t have a First Amendment. Yet Washington affirmed the universal right to assembly and protest.

We DO have a First Amendment. The force being used to clear nonviolent protesters from public squares in our country is unacceptable. It must stop.
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Here's a PDF placard for you to print and take with you to an Occupy event near you.