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Preserve Our Rights to Assembly and Free Speech

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STOP the unconstitutional limits proposed in PRN 2011- 254 on the use of public places known as the WW II Veterans Memorial in Trenton 

To:  Robert Shaughnessy, Jr., Asst. Deputy Director,Division of Property Management and Construction

WHEREAS, Amendment I to the US Constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"; and

WHEREAS, the following proposed new rules PRN 2011- 254 , Authority: N.J.S.A. 52:18A-34, 52:18A-212 through 216, 52:20-7, and 52:27B-64, Authorized By: Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff, Treasurer, State of New Jersey clearly and incontrovertibly abridge "the right of the people peaceably to assemble"; and the suppression of free speech.

WHEREAS, to this point in time and place October 6,2011, there were no manner of rules and restrictions applied to the WW II Veterans Memorial ,when Occupy Trenton established a 24/7 occupation.

         [An Occupation means a 24 hour a day, seven day a week vigil to wait for the    restoration of a government that serves the interest of the people and not corporations, special interest groups and lobbyists that have bought off our politicians.]

WHEREAS, The right to maintain such a vigil is fully protected by the Freedoms of Speech and Assembly, and the use of tents and canopies to help the participants in maintaining their vigil does not present any inherent danger or hazard requiring special regulation. The imposition of such regulations in direct response to a lawful demonstration also violates the rights of Free Speech and Assembly.

Former Secretary of Labor and Professor Robert Reich recently made the point well:

"A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they're treated as public nuisances and evicted."

WHEREAS, PRN 2011-254 falsely states “The proposed new rules will have a positive social impact.”. The Memorial is dedicated to those who died fighting to preserve our rights and freedom. The Proposed Rules strictly limit freedom of speech and right to redress our government for grievances. Implementing these Rules would be a dishonor to their memory.

WHEREAS, limiting freedom of speech and the right to assemble peaceably as stated in PRN 2011-254 would negatively impact every aspect of New Jersey residents right to petition their government in the future, on Social and Economic issues , Jobs, Agricultural, Housing Affordability, and Smart Growth Development

WHEREAS: PRN 2011-254 places limits on the number of persons from a group, able to utilize the WW II Veterans Memorial at one time, and places very restrictive use of signage, clearly interferes with the right to freely assemble and expression of free speech.

NOW THEREFORE, We, The Residents of New Jersey do find Proposed Rules: PRN 2011-254 to be unconstitutional and call for their immediate rejection, and not be considered for implementation. .

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