• Petitioned Department of Administration, Facility Management

This petition was delivered to:

Department of Administration, Facility Management
General Counsel for Dept of Administration
Zeke Creech
Secretary of the Department of Administration
Moses Carey
Director, Facility Management
Tony Jordan
Raleigh Police Chief
Harry Dolan
Capitol Police Chief
Scott Hunter
Governor
Governor Bev Perdue
State Attorney General
Roy Cooper

We Object to NC State Attack on Occupy Raleigh and Arrest of Disabled Woman

    1. Petition by

      Stacie Borrello

      fuquay varina, NC

People participating in Occupy Raleigh have been confined to a narrow strip of sidewalk on the south side of the Capitol building in downtown Raleigh since the start of their occupation on Oct. 15. They are on the sidewalk because North Carolina's Department of Administration has twice denied their application for an extended use permit for the Capitol grounds. Police monitor the protestors around the clock, seeking to block anyone with protest signs from entering the Capitol grounds. The State has not adequately defended its denial of Occupy Raleigh’s request, and we believe it's because it seeks to stop the Occupy movement from growing in Raleigh.

On Thursday, October 27, State Capitol Police informed Occupy Raleigh that participants had to pack up all the supplies they needed to continue the Occupation, including water and blankets. Occupiers complied with the order even though their supplies were consolidated on one side of the sidewalk and they had left ample room for public use of the sidewalk. After all supplies were removed, two individuals remained on camping chairs at the edge of the sidewalk, one of whom was an older woman with a documented disability who needed to remain seated. Even as she held a sign identifying herself as a handicapped person and explained to police that her disability prevented her from standing for more than short periods, police arrested her along with several supporters who sat in a circle surrounding her in protest of the police action.

The continued denial of peaceful assembly permits and the most recent police actions against Occupy Raleigh show that the movement is under attack. Occupiers cannot sustain the occupation under threat of arrest for sitting and without necessary supplies like water, food, blankets and first aid kits.

Without the continuous, popular pressure on political representatives that a prolonged assembly provides, we believe positive political and economic change is very unlikely. Occupy Raleigh simply wishes for a comfortable public area where they can assemble to discuss political and economic ideas amongst themselves and draw greater public attention to their cause.

It is impossible to imagine a more wholesome, enlightened, and appropriate use of this important civic space in the heart of Raleigh. Please sign our petition calling on State officials to reverse their current stance of arresting protesters, recognize our right to demonstrate, provide a mutually acceptable Occupation location around the Capitol building, and drop trespassing and trumped-up resisting arrest charges against those who were exercising their rights to free speech on October 15 and October 27.

 

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Thanks for supporting Occupy Raleigh - Please renew your commitment in 2012

      Stacie Borrello
      Petition Organizer

      Last year you and nearly 3,000 others signed Occupy Raleigh's petition for the right to demonstrate peacefully on the Capitol grounds without fear of unjust - and unnecessary - arrest. Thank you for that.

      Know that Occupy Raleigh is still out there working for the 99% and determined to pursue economic justice and political change. But Occupy needs your participation to prevail and bring about lasting change. Here's how you can get involved:

      Sign up for the newsletter to stay informed:
      http://www.occupyraleigh.org/newslettersubscribe

      Join the statewide General Assembly, 2/25:
      http://www.occupyraleigh.org/ai1ec_event/statewide-general-assembly

      March to the Statehouse, 3/25:
      http://www.occupyraleigh.org/ai1ec_event/occupy-the-highways-march-to-the-nc-statehouse

      Stand with the 99% to bring this nation back to its foundation: A Government Of The People, By The People and For The People. Together we can win this.

      OccupyRaleigh@gmail.com

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. See Photos and Videos of Arrests

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      Check out Occupy Raleigh's website to see photographs showing how the sidewalk had not been obstructed by the occupation as well as photographs and video of the arrests this week.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Julie White RED BLUFF, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe in the first ammendment rights and feel that they are being tramped upon all around our great country. We have a right to peacefully redress our grievences.

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    • Abby Sale RALEIGH, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      It is outrageous for the authorities to limit free speech and assembly and any form of peaceful protest.

      It is impossible to understand why they would not join a protest against those who defrauded us and the rest of the world - those who ruined our lives and economy more than war or disease have.

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    • Samantha Trosky BERWYN, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a clear violation of the first amendment!!!!

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    • cynthia gibbish UTICA, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      I've witnessed police beat up several disabled people throughout my life, and it's about time we disabled some badges!

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    • DANIEL MOHR DUNEDIN, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THE POLICE EVEN THOUGH THE WOMAN WITH THE SIGN STATING THAT SHE WAS HANDICAPPED AND COUNDN.T STAND UP FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME AND YET THEY STILL ARRESTED HER THIS MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL ESPECIALLY SINCE I.AM DISABLED MYSELF THIS MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN PERIOD.

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