In a room full of corporate CEOs, Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce threatened to lock up public sector workers in desert tent cities if they chose to excercise their First Amendment rights (like workers did in Wisconsin).
At a Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Senate President Russell Pearce explained what he'd do if workers decided to protest like they did in Wisconsin:
“I’ve spoken with the sheriff, and he has some nice buses that hold a lot of people. We’ve also got some tents with a view.”
Sen. Pearce’s comments were originally reported in the Yellow Sheet Report on May 10th. “In all seriousness, I find it deeply chilling that an elected official finds it funny to discuss jailing a group of people expressing their First Amendment rights,” said Rebekah Friend. “Suggesting a police crackdown before a rally has even occurred is just more of the same intimidation, threats and innuendo we’ve come to expect from Senator Pearce and his crony Arpaio.”
Enough is enough. It's time to dethrone "King" Russell Pearce from his seat as Senate President. Join us in calling on the Arizona Senate to remove him from his leadership position - effective immediately.
- Arizona State Senate
In a room full of corporate CEOs last week, Arizona Senate President "King" Russell Pearce joked openly about jailing public sector workers in desert tent cities if they decide to exercise their First Amendment rights (like workers did in Wisconsin). The Senator chortled, "I’ve spoken with the sheriff, and he has some nice buses that hold a lot of people. We’ve also got some tents with a view."
This is no laughing matter. You cannot allow the President of the Arizona Senate to publicly threaten his constituents with jail time for lawfully voicing dissent. The Senate can and must do something. Honestly, I'm shocked that Sen. Pearce has remained in his leadership position this long.
Please take immediate steps to remove Sen. Russell Pearce from his leadership position in the Arizona Senate.
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