Barack Obama has gone to court declaring information about American torture or domestic warrantless spying to be an off-limits state secret. Barack Obama has gone to court to prevent people from preserving their constitutional rights.
Barack Obama is coming to Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 6, 2009.
This is an opportunity to speak truth to power.
If at all possible, I will be where Barack Obama is, distributing free posters with the Bill of Rights on them and holding a sign asking Barack Obama to uphold Americans’ constitutional rights. I’ll also have an annotated and sourced statement for any members of the press explaining the problems with the constitutional flip-flops of the Obama administration and detailing the course of action he should be taking instead.
If you are in the neighborhood, I’d like you to join me.
I’ll keep you updated as the week progresses and as information becomes more available.
If you have any information on this event to share, please do so in the comments section.
Update 1: logistical information for the event at the Aladdin Shrine Center is here.
Update 2: On access issues, I have contacted the Mayor’s Office multiple times over multiple days and not received any description of the city’s permitting process. Although I continue to make attempts at contact, no replies from the office of the Mayor of Columbus are forthcoming, so the protest moves ahead without a permit: here’s a press release describing the event and its motivations. (See Update 5!)
Update 3: Event information posted at Progress Ohio.
Update 4: Facebook page posted.
Update 5: May I sing the praises of the ACLU of Ohio? The Mayor’s Office forwarded me time after time to the security detail for the Mayor, the security detail didn’t get back to me, lather, rinse, repeat… until I called the ACLU of Ohio, senior leadership of which got back in touch with me, listened very well to what I had to say, then made some calls around to various parts of the Columbus city government and… got an answer!
The answer forthcoming from the ACLU of Ohio is: YES, folks, political demonstrators WILL be able to peaceably assemble to air their grievances along the sidewalk on BOTH sides of Stelzer Road, right up to the entrance to the Aladdin Shrine center. We WILL be able to hold signs for viewing as Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama pass. This IS how the first amendment is supposed to work. Huzzah… and thanks again to the ACLU of Ohio for helping to clarify the situation for political demonstrators of all sorts.