Petition Closed
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Supporters

UPDATE: 

Tennessee Highway Patrol under the orders of Governor Bill Haslam have violated the rights of freedom of assembly and speech for two nights in a row. At 3:00 AM on Friday they arrested nearly 30 protesters with 100+ troopers, and dogs. These protesters were later released by the judge who refused to sign arrest warrants. On Friday night they raided once again, arresting 20 protesters including a reporter with the weekly Nashville Scene. 

The State of Tennessee primarily the Tennessee General Services Commissioner with the Governor has after threatening to evict Occupy Nashville now setting up costly deterrences to their freedom. They are also imposing a curfew on the protesters of 10pm, and restricting the protest to 9AM to 4:00PM. By declaration of the Governor, the 1st Amendement shall now be suspended at 10pm, and available only by permit during daytime hours wherever the powers of the regime come together to establish rules. We the People need not apply...They have imposed on protesters at Occupy Nashville a $65 daily fee, and a requirement of holding liability insurance of over a million dollars. Occupy Nashville as a grassroots protest of citizens expressing their grievances does not have such resources. This is NOT a commercial event, it is NOT a incorporated  nonprofit event, and it is not an recreational event. This is an encampment protest expressing grievances to the government, including the government of the State of Tennessee. The State of Tennessee is tryng to deter freedom, and imposing costs on the freedom of these protesters. Freedom of speech and assembly in a public taxpayer funded plaza should not have costs imposed on it.

Contact: TN Governor (Bill Haslam) 615-741-2001 bill.haslam@tn.gov , TN General Services Commissioner (Steven Cates) (who gave notice): 615-741-2081 Steve.Cates@tn.gov

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The Tennessee General Services Commissioner has ordered the Occupy Nashville protesters to vacate Legislative Plaza at 8:00 PM CST tonight. Legislative Plaza is under the jurisdiction of the State of Tennessee as it is home to legislative offices, and committee rooms below the open plaza area. Governor Bill Haslam (R) will make the ultimate decision. Please visit http://occupynashville.org/ for more information. 

Yesterday State Commissioner of General Services Steve Cates announced that Occupy Nashville will not be allowed to stay on Legislative Plaza during the night after 8pm tomorrow (Thursday, 10/27). The State may issue daily permits (conditions to be specified tomorrow morning) to stay from 9am to 4pm.

First Amendment:

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.

Letter to
TN General Services Commissioner Steven Cates
Public Information Officer at Tennessee Highway Patrol Dayla Qualls
TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons
and 6 others
State Senator Janice Bowling
State Representative Beth Harwell
Governor Bill Haslam
State Senator Doug Overbey
Tennessee State Senate
Tennessee Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, Tennessee General Services Commissioner Steven Cates, Tennessee Dept. of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Chair of Transportation & Safety Committee Sen. Jim Tracy

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Freedom of speech and assembly is a constitutionally protected right. Stop violating the rights of those protesters at Occupy Nashville. The State of Tennessee is violating the constitutional right of freedom of speech and assembly. Occupy Nashville is a grassroots assembly of citizens expressing their grievances with the government and society. This is not a commercial event nor the event of an incorporated nonprofit. This is not a recreational event. To impose a curfew of 4:00PM on Occupy Nashville, and 10:00PM on those exercising freedom of assembly and speech period on a taxpayer funded plaza is suppression. To impose fees, and costs such as insurance is an attempt to restrict freedom of speech and assembly to those with the resources to afford it.

This violation of the First Amendment is unacceptable, and the world is watching Tennessee.

The First Amendment:
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.

Please stop shaming the state of Tennessee, and the city of Nashville by violating the rights of these protesters at Occupy Nashville.


Let freedom ring.

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Sincerely,