• Petitioned Brown County, KS, Commissioners

This petition was delivered to:

Brown County, KS, Commissioners

Grant a demonstration permit to the Occupy Movement

    1. Petition by

      Bryon Cannon

      Hutchinson, KS

When Anthony Gonzales of the Occupy Movement requested permission to schedule a protest on the Brown County, Kansas, courthouse square in Hiawatha, the county commissioners turned him down. They were concerned that people would think they supported the Occupy Movement or that they were taking anyone’s side.

"Why do we want to be involved in either side of this issue?" one commissioner said. "We could get some bad press on it any way we went."

Refusing to permit a demonstration just because it might be controversial does “take sides” – against the U. S. Constitution.

The movement, which started with Wall Street, has gone worldwide as people of all political stripes protest corporate and political oligarchies. But in Brown County, Kansas, “the right of the people peaceably to assemble” – guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment – is being denied by three men who are more concerned about appearances than democracy.

Tell the commissioners to issue a permit for the Occupy Movement and to respond positively in the future when people want to exercise their constitutional right to free speech.

Recent signatures


    1. Victory!

      Bryon Cannon
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your signatures, the Brown County, KS, Commissioners will issue a permit for the Occupy Movement to hold a protest. Well done and thank you!

    2. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • almost 3 years ago

      We must always protect our freedom of speech and our right to public assembly.

    • Levi Henry HORTON, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a Brown County taxpayer, I'm disturbed that the Brown County Commission is engaging in viewpoint discrimination. The grounds surrounding the Brown County Courthouse are not yours -- they belong to the taxpayers. The Occupy movement should be allowed to use those grounds to expresse their 1st Amendment rights just as any other organization should be authorized to use those grounds to peaceably assemble within the limitations of their 1st Amendment rights.

    • Pamela Heckerson HOLTON, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      Freedom is a precious thing. A lot of Americans served/died to insure that we have a right to assemble peacefully and raise our voices in protest. Those rights cannot be denied to anyone.

    • George Stewart HOYT, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing this petition to help protect our constitutional right of free speech!

    • Eric Sheets PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 3 years ago

      The quoted commissioner sounds absurd. Whether you support the wealthy or the rest of us, our citizens' voices are important to our democratic system; and an excuse denying this right because of the potential for bad press is myopic and sadly irresponsible of a public official.


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