As long as public officials are allowed to use the police and local ordinances and infractions to block our 1st Amendment right to peacifully assemble, the citizen's of the United States cannot preserve their democracy or make positive changes in the behavior of their government. Please sign and share as far and wide as you can!
The people of the United States demand and petition the several Federal District Courts of the United States, The United States Supreme Court, the Department of Justice and all branches of Federal law enforcement to insure that the rights of the people to peacefully assemble and to petition their government for a redress of grievances, under the United States Constitution, are judiciously and vigorously defended. In particular, we ask that federal law enforcement observe and restrain all law enforcement jurisdictions, whether local, county, state or Federal, from behaviors intended to discourage the people's rights to assemble and present themselves through the mass occupations of public spaces.
The mission of the various law enforcement institutions, jurisdictions and their agents is, in their own words, "to protect and serve" the people within those jurisdictions. However, in their presence and behavior at the numerous occupation actions across the country, law enforcement is demonstrating that it chooses to protect and serve only the few of a select body of citizens and to ignore protecting and serving the people as a whole and lawfully assembled body demanding justice from their government.
Local police in collaboration with public officials have demonstrated a clear pattern of intent to discourage the current wave of people's protests through any means, lawful or unlawful at their disposal. They have employed enforcement of "camping-ordinances", "park closing hours", "blocking sidewalks", "failure to have permits" and other technical infractions to shut down demonstrations of political and social protest. They have employed unnecessary force, provocation, applications of ad hoc rules, "kettling" and other tactics clearly meant to disrupt and discourage the people from their lawful rights of assembly and petition. They have used surveillance, threats of force, demands for "compliance", infiltration, prohibiting amplifed sound, generators, and other tactics of intimidation and obstruction to dilute, disperse or demoralize the people's determination to demand just and necessary alterations of their government in order to preserve our democracy. The protection of this right to assemble and petition the government is fundamental to the preservation of our democracy. Its abridgment by law enforcement must end and the people must be heard, as the founding fathers insisted, as a democratic nation requires.
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