I have prior experience being in the street and brief stints arrested but have more often chosen to refrain.
Protective of Occupiers and our Amendment 1
Donna Locke asks reasonably about numbers. Various estimates go from 2 to 7 million Muslims in the U.S. Without hysteria or a witchhunt, there exists a considerable and presumably growing Muslim population in the US. Were I Muslim and identifying as an American, I would be hard put to maintain my allegiance as an American with the doses of hatred I see served up daily. I hope we have some "moderate" Christians, Jews, and Atheists who will continue to reach across the growing gap to the Muslim community, and eschew hatred. Enough of this madness, on all sides!
Tomorrow, 11/17, Occupy demonstrations are planned nation and worldwide to honor 2 months of the Occupy Wall St (OWS) encampment, even though it has been removed in the last few days. Watch to see what develops, here and elsewhere. I would estimate that 98% or more of the Occupiers are committed to nonviolence, and have endorsed this popular pledge (although provocateurs can effect the outcome of a march):
Pledge of Nonviolence
We are an open, participatory, democratic, horizontal, peaceful, and nonviolent movement.
We are not a leaderless movement, we are a movement of leaders.
As a nonviolent movement, we have agreed to refrain from violence against any person, from carrying weapons, and from destruction of property.
We reject violence, including property destruction, because we recognize that it undermines popular support and discourages the broadest possible participation among the 99%.
We believe nonviolence promotes unity, strength of message, and an environment in which everyone’s voice might be heard.
We affirm that it is the personal responsibility of every individual participant in our movement to promote and maintain nonviolent discipline and to intervene to prevent violent action by anyone in our movement.
Many of us applaud the Occupiers' courage, their endurance, and their willingness to expose convenient social fictions.
I see that Gov Haslam has provoked the anger of First Amendment advocates before, who have been outspoken in both verbal responses and images, from fellowshipofminds to thevillagehealthen....readers of the Scene might want to explore these.
Good to hear from you Mike Jameson. Speak out more. Sorry you're off the Council.
Excellent and caring comments above. How do those of us who are not actually occupying demonstrate our genuine support for our US and TN constitution 1st amendment rights?
Occupy Nashville is now getting world media attention as a primary locale for the testing of US sincerity over First Amendment rights. As a Nashvillian, I'm not willing to see Nashville or Tennessee portrayed as a Yahoo State where we let our rights get ignored.
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