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Old 01-31-2012, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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I am all for excellent security (don't want anyone with weapons near public officials, of course, so totally understand the reason for searching backpacks) but I am not so sure this ordinance works for the public good in the sense of our right to freedom of speech. I wish I understood it all better. I don't have to agree with a group's philosophy to still fight for their right to have their say.
They can still have their say without camping out. I hope they fight it and win.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:00 PM
 
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I am all for excellent security (don't want anyone with weapons near public officials, of course, so totally understand the reason for searching backpacks) but I am not so sure this ordinance works for the public good in the sense of our right to freedom of speech. I wish I understood it all better. I don't have to agree with a group's philosophy to still fight for their right to have their say.
The searching backpacks is not part of the camping part of the ordinance. That section of the law will probably be challenged before the DNC shows up.

As far as the Occupy group goes, they can stay there 24/7 they just can't sleep there. Their information tent was also allowed to stay.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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The searching backpacks is not part of the camping part of the ordinance. That section of the law will probably be challenged before the DNC shows up.

As far as the Occupy group goes, they can stay there 24/7 they just can't sleep there. Their information tent was also allowed to stay.
Yes, I understood all that.

However, many of the folks who attend any type of protest (as I remember from my protest years) don't have a nearby home to go to at the end of the day. So taking down the tents is equivalent to shutting down the protestors.

My generation got around that by sleeping in renovated buses and VW vans or folks piling into apartments in sleeping bags.


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