Stop violating the rights of the Occupy Nashville protesters
  • Petitioned Steven Cates

This petition was delivered 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
Tennessee Governor
Tennessee State Senate
Tennessee-002
State Sen. Doug Overbey
Tennessee
Gov. Bill Haslam
Tennessee-056
State Rep. Beth Harwell
Tennessee-016
State Sen. Janice Bowling

Stop violating the rights of the Occupy Nashville protesters

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    2. Petition by

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      Murfreesboro, TN

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.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Judge Orders Stop to Occupy Nashville Arrests

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      In response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, a federal judge in Tennessee has issued a temporary restraining order to stop arrests of Occupy Nashville.

    3. Arrests of Occupy Nashville protesters could backfire

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      The Tennessean reports that recent arrests of Occupy Nashville protesters could backfire for Governor Haslam and actually increase support for the movement. Keep spreading the word about this petition and support Occupy Nashville's freedom of speech and right to assembly!

    4. Occupy Nashville protesters released after second night of arrests

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      by D B
      Petition Organizer

      The Occupy Nashville protesters were released after a second night of arrests as the Metro Night Court Magistrate Tom Nelson threw out the arrests again. It is not clear what Governor Bill Haslam (R) plans to do next, but the Tennessee Highway Patrol are still standing behind their arrests. Some experts saying that the new curfew on Legislative Plaza is unconstitutional. Today there is a GA meeting at 1:00 PM to discuss the ACLU possibly taking up the case.

    5. Metro Night Court Magistrate Tom Nelson THROW out arrests again

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      by D B
      Petition Organizer

      Metro Night Court Magistrate Tom Nelson has thrown out the arrest warrants of the protesters for a second night in a row, this time saying Governor Bill Haslam's curfew may be unconstitutional! Protesters return to Legislative Plaza tomorrow at 1PM for a General Assembly.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Tennessee Highway Patrol Raid Occupy Nashville for second time

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      by D B
      Petition Organizer

      Tennessee Highway Patrol raid Legislative Plaza Occupy Nashville for second night. We have changed our petition to to the Governor to concern stopping the violation of the rights of freedom of speech and assembly. Last night nearly 30 were arrested, and Legislative Plaza closed off after Governor Bill Haslam (R) edict that public assembly must take place between 9AM, and 4PM with a curfew on the Legislative Plaza at 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. The judge released them, and refused to sign arrest warrants. They were released with citations. Tonight law enforcement made arrests again.

    8. Tennessee Highway Patrol Raid Occupy Nashville

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      by D B
      Petition Organizer

      The Tennessee Highway Patrol has raided Occupy Nashville with over 100+ officers and dogs around 3:00 AM this morning. Around 14 were arrested, one person appeared to have a seizure. Those arrested were loaded into a caged Department of Corrections bus.

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. The State of Tennessee also imposing curfew of 4:00PM for protest

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      by D B
      Petition Organizer

      The State of Tennessee is also in their attempt at suppressing the protest with requirements of a $65 daily permit, and liability insurance attempting to impose restricted hours of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on protesters, and an overall curfew imposed by the Executive of 10PM-6AM on freedom of assembly at Legislative Plaza period essentially suppressing their freedoms.

    11. State of Tennessee Attempting to Impose $65 Daily Fee & Liability Insurance

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      by D B
      Petition Organizer

      The State of Tennessee may evict Occupy Nashville tonight at 12:01 AM or tomorrow. They are requiring Occupy Nashville to pay a $65 daily fee, and purchase liability insurance up to a million dollars. This is a protest, not an official organization, commercial event, or even an incorporated nonprofit. These requirements have not been set on other Occupies across the nation, or have been ignored. Freedom of speech and assembly should be FREE. Essentially the leadership in Tennessee is saying that you must have money to assemble to express your grievances over multiple days. We are changing the text of our petition to say this, and hope you continue to spread the word. 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 Tennessee Highway Patrol (Responsible for Capitol Security): (615) 251-5175 Let them know this is not acceptable.

    12. Reached 500 signatures

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