Wow, a movement to defend our First Amendment rights is growing out of a movement to empower the 99%!
The Occupy movement has gained majority support -- and in many cities, respectful cooperation from police. But in many other cities and towns, our rights are being brutally or legalistically restricted.
Nonviolent speech and assembly is resulting in beatings, pepper sprayings, arrests, and evictions from public space in New York, Boston, Denver, San Diego, Richmond and elsewhere.
We need your help in forwarding this email to friends and lists, posting it on websites, and otherwise encouraging even more people to sign the statement below.
You can pick up “The First Amendment is our permit!" bumper stickers here and free flyers here.
Original message sent October 14th:
This is an emergency appeal. Spread it widely.
Our permit to occupy is called “The First Amendment.”
This morning, Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated when New York authorities beat a last-minute retreat from clearing Liberty Plaza – as hundreds of labor and other activists rushed to defend the square.
But at the same time this morning, dozens of state troopers in riot gear cleared out Occupy Denver protests. In cities across the country, Occupy protesters have faced police violence and arrests. Some occupations have been forcibly removed while others have stood their ground successfully.
The authorities say we don’t have the proper permits to occupy public spaces. Our permit to occupy is The First Amendment.
Quickly sign the following statement which will be delivered to mayors, police chiefs and major media across the country:
Our permit to occupy public squares and parks is in The First Amendment, which affirms “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Please sign the statement now. And forward this email.
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.
And then view the powerful “I Am Not Moving” video that exposes Washington’s hypocrisy in applauding occupations in the Middle East, while force and violence are used against nonviolent protesters across our land.
Aimee, David, Jeff,
and the RootsAction team
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