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BREAKING: Argo’s leadership takes steps to silence its citizens!

Posted by ALmod on May 8, 2007

I said that I wouldn’t post on Argo anymore because of the time constraints, but nobody else has posted about this, and it needs to be out there. Hopefully, Jackson will be on it soon. Whenever a government entity begins brazenly denying their citizens the right to speak out against their government, something has to be said and done. Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t care what side of the argument you are on, if we let something like this slide, they’ll only take more of our freedoms. For now, they’re squashing the opposition, but what happens when it’s something that YOU want to speak out about? If you don’t live in Argo, don’t think you’re immune, either. If Argo gets away with this, some other town will try this or something similar.

I read the al.com message boards on a regular basis, although I’ve never had the time to participate in the discussion. Today, I saw this message posted there:

“Argo mayor and council suspended the rules last night and did ordinance #2007-204 Parades And Public Assemblies. This will make it almost impossible For the group of people that are trying to be annexed into Springville to hold any type of public assembly without their permission. From what I heard last night they are doing everything they can do to stop these people from being able to gather on public streets,sidewalks or any other public place to voice their opinions. You will now be required to apply for a permit and it must be filed twenty one business days before the purposed date of the assembly. Is this not strange that they put this ordinance in place at this time?”

Interesting. Even more interesting is that it was announced within the last two weeks that the deannex group wanted to hold a demonstration at the Argo Public Park opening and 20th Anniversary Celebration. Personally, I found the choice in time and location to be in bad taste but perfectly understandable and even appropriate as long as they behave themselves. If what this person has posted is true, then it is interesting to note that if the group applied for a permit TODAY, they would not meet the time limit. Coincidence? Not likely. It is a brazen attempt by the city to squash their citizens’ rights to public assembly on public property– at least for this event. What’s more, the protest that they’ve targeted is not planning anything indecent. They are protesting the actions of their local government– the very reason that our founding fathers gave us the First Amendment! George Washington must be spinning in his grave right now!

Read my lips: REQUIRING A PERMIT TO PROTEST GOVERNMENT ACTIONS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. It defeats the purpose behind having freedom of assembly. People want to speak out against the actions of their government, but they have to ask that governing body for permission to do so first. How ridiculous does that sound?!

I don’t plan to participate in this protest, but you’d better be darn sure that I’ll stand up for the rights of ANYONE to protest ANYTHING at ANY TIME and ANYWHERE. This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and we need to keep it that way! I’ll be contacting the ACLU and some other lawyers and organizations today. My Internet service was down earlier, so I called Dan, and I’ll be contacting Dr. Steven Taylor, wheeler, and Loretta Nall. I want my fellow bloggers all over this one.

UPDATE:  I have here a picture of the saveargo.com website, where it was confirmed that the ordinance was passed.  It was a little hard to find, so I highlighted the sentence.

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4 Responses to “BREAKING: Argo’s leadership takes steps to silence its citizens!”

  1. […] I use that word loosely — has taken the battle to a new level by suspending its own rules to pass an ordinance requiring any group assembling on public property to apply for a permit at least twenty-one […]

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