New Georgia Bill Further Punishes Protest

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Aaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

A new Senate Bill in Georgia is leading the charge in punishing peaceful protest. Senate Bill 469 amends laws relating to labor organizations and relations to “provide that certain provisions prohibiting mass picketing shall apply to certain private residences…provide for an action to enjoin unlawful mass picketing…and provide for both criminal trespass and criminal conspiracy” with punishment and fines (h/t Sarah Jaffe at Alternet).

The bill makes it unlawful for persons to engage in picketing where “a labor dispute exists” in numbers that would block any kind of transportation or entrances to buildings or interrupt “quiet enjoyment.” In addition, planning such a direct action or protest would also become a crime – “conspiracy to commit criminal trespass.” In other words, a protest action such as a march or occupation of a building or protest around a private residence will be an arrestable offense, as well as planning such an action. The possible punishment includes a fine of up to $10,000 and a year in jail.

Eric Robertson, Political Director for Georgia Teamsters Local 728 told Alternet “This bill is obviously a an attack on working people and anyone who believes in organizing for justice. It undermines civil liberties, and clearly is designed to cripple working peoples’ ability to organize and build organizations to improve their working conditions.”

Read the full post at Diatribe Media

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Ah, an inevitable consequence in the world where everything is privately owned, and property rights are the ultimate sacrosanct. The world where property owners and capital holders are more or less feudal lords. The world that rightist libertarianism or “anarcho” capitalism promotes and seeks. A world where you get the privilege of selling your time and labor, just to be able to acquire food and shelter.
    http://www.infoshop.org/page/AnarchistFAQSectionF2#secf21 
    http://www.infoshop.org/page/AnarchistFAQSectionF3 

    • Frogboy

      You realize that libertarians are a big part of the fight against this kind of thing, right?

      • Anarchy Pony

        You realize that, no they aren’t, because this is about private property rights. 

  • Lakota

    Wow…Welcome to New No. Korea….

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Oh well, this is the sort of situation that the 2nd Amendment was created for.

    It would be nice if we could rely on the courts to settle these issues, without bloodshed, but perhaps it’ll help them see the light if the first 20 or 30 cops who try to enforce such idiotic laws get turned into hamburger.

    Or would that be sausage?

    • Anarchy Pony

      Is there a form of pork analogous to hamburger?

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        “Sausage” was the best I could come up with off the top of my head. Technically not necessarily made of porcine remnants, but beef sausage is not really popular enough (here) to cause much confusion.

  • Phantom

    The start of Crowd Control, government is allowing Big Oil to RAPE the citizens of their hard earned cash.  They know the breaking point is near and are scrambling to pass BS laws such as this.  We need a leader who will protest Gas Prices nationwide.

  • Haystack

    …also, you’re not allowed to scream when your master whips you. 

  • DeepCough

    Hey, it’s not like the South was a big fan of the Bill of Rights to begin with.

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