Sunday, March 25, 2012

Emergency my ass

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors plans to vote away people's constitutional right to expression and assembly at the courthouse. The so-called "emergency ordinance" is on their agenda for Tuesday March 27th and if voted for, would immediately go into effect. Join a determined movement in opposition to this attack on free speech starting Monday with a breakfast followed by music, and then a dinner at 5PM. Afterwards, feel welcome to attend the Occupy Eureka General Assembly at 6 PM. Later in the night there will be a candlelight vigil for the right to use the traditional space in front of the courthouse. If you can, stay overnight for Tuesday's action. If not, come back Tuesday morning! The Tuesday Board of Supervisors' meeting begins at 9AM and must be greeted by a presence of community opposition. Be there at 8AM to declare that such attacks on civil liberties will not be tolerated. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Now is the time to stand up, before standing up is outlawed. According to this proposed ordinance, no group (Women in Black, Labor Unions, Vets for Peace, CopWatch, Church Groups, Political Parties, etc) would be allowed to hang their banners, flags or signs. No one would be allowed to put up a temporary wind or rain break. No one would be allowed to put up a temporary stage ("self-standing structure"). No candlelight vigils past 9:30pm. No sharing food. No one could stake a sign or flag in the grass or planter. Would large groups gathered at the courthouse be considered "interfering with the flow of pedestrians"? What if a group wanted to protest on the grass? Would that be considered "damaging the vegetation"? Would putting your purse or backpack or literature down on the bench or ground be considered "illegally storing personal property"? Link to proposed "Emergency Ordinance": All Out on Monday and Tuesday to PREVENT this dangerous and repressive law from being passed! Monday, March 26th: Breakfast starts 7:30pm Protest Music All Day Dinner at 5:00pm Occupy Eureka General Assembly at 6:00pm Candlelight Vigil at 9:00pm (going until morning) Tuesday, March 27th: Gather BIG before Board of Supervisors meeting 8:00am Fill Board of Supes Meeting 9:00am All groups and individuals bring your signs, megaphones, instruments, candles!

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