URGENT ACTION ALERT: Protect our right to protest!

posted Mar 14, 2012, 11:37 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 8:29 AM by GFADP staff ]

The Georgia legislature is rapidly advancing SB 469, a bill that aims to destroy fundamental constitutional protections for anyone engaged in first amendment protected protests.

SB 469 would criminalize forms of public pickets, effectively de-fund Georgia’s unions, and further penalize political non-violent civil disobedience.
SB 469, simply put, seeks to squash dissent.

As many of you know, the day before a scheduled execution in Georgia, GFADP members protest outside Correct Health, which is owned and operated by Dr. Carlo Musso, whose company Rainbow Medical Associates is contracted with the state to carry out executions. If SB 469 passes, it would make it illegal to picket or protest outside of any non-government building. Those that choose to participate in a nonviolent protest could be fined $1,000 per day, and organizations that supported such actions could be fined $10,000 per day. To make matters worse anyone who is involved with planning civil disobedience actions that result in a criminal trespass charge (this is usually what the charge is for nonviolent sit-ins) would be charged with a high and aggravated misdemeanor punishable up to one year in prison. 
It is critical that we join in the  statewide opposition to this bill. Please join the mass demonstration that is planned for Saturday, March 17, 11:00am at the Capitol.
SB 469 passed out of the Senate and is currently in the House. Please contact your Representative and tell them to vote NO on SB 469 if it comes to a floor vote.
To identify the member of the Georgia House of Representatives that represents you, please visit:  VoteSmart.org and plug in your 9-digit zip code. To look up your 9-digit zip code, please visit: USPS.com ZIP Code Lookup.
Spread the word about this event far and wide and we’ll see you on Saturday!
For those of you on Facebook, here is the event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/188917167885268/