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Column: Free speech is a two-way street – The Maneater

Posted: February 15, 2017 at 9:04 pm

By Hunter Gilbert

The opinions expressed by The Maneater columnists do not represent the opinions of The Maneater editorial board.

Hunter Gilbert is a freshman data journalism major at MU. He is an opinion columnist who writes about rights and tech for The Maneater.

The founding fathers did not get everything right when it came to explaining the rights they believed every American should have. For starters, they didnt believe these rights applied to everyone in the nation.

What they were successful in doing was expressing how important specific rights were to their vision of a longstanding democratic republic. This is why the First Amendment includes several tenets, some of those being the freedoms of religion, speech and press. In the event that a sovereign state silences all forms of publication that have conflicting viewpoints with the powers that be, the voice and verbal opposition of a populace in the absence of the press would act as the last vessel for the people. It is essential for democratic processes to occur.

Recently at the University of California-Berkeley, a member of the alt-right, Milo Yiannopoulos, had his event canceled due to a concern for his own safety. This was the result of a protest that turned into a riot one that was not controlled by the police even though their purpose was to maintain order. It goes without saying from my past columns that I do not champion or support rhetoric like Milos. He has done some truly despicable things. I do, however, agree with Milo, much like another opponent of his rhetoric, Matt Teitelbaum, when it comes to freedom of speech.

If you have ever actually watched the man speak, he carries himself with an interesting demeanor. He will have a good dialogue with someone with opposing views if they carry their conversation through well-mannered means. If someone is merely screaming at him and calling him names, he will do the same through vicious mockery and heckling. beliefs. It has been that way for over a hundred years and it will remain that way. There is no changing that. So when it was announced that one of the leaders of the UC Berkeley protest believed the protest was successful and that she tolerated the behavior that occurred, it sends a very concerning message. Plenty of protesters acted respectfully, and they deserve praise for doing so. The fact of the matter is the violence and rioting that occurred gave more attention to Milos cause. Milos book is now an Amazon bestseller thanks to the publicity, and it hasnt even come out yet. In part, the protest failed since its goal was to keep people from hearing him speak. Violence or silencing your opponent discredits your own sides credibility.

If you truly want change, make compromises. Talk to people who have different views than your own. Learn about the origins of why they believe in a certain ideology. Dont surround yourself solely with people who think exactly like you. That only creates a hive mind mentality with an echo chamber effect. It doesnt lead to any progress. Free speech is useless when your opponent cant speak for themselves.

He has two sides, one of which I respect. At times, he has openly welcomed actual dialogue from opposing viewpoints. This is rare these days. Society jumps at labeling people without actually listening to them or mislabels a party or person for the shock value or simple discreditation. Its modern day McCarthyism, but instead with buzzwords like fascist and neo-Nazi, even though sometimes it is warranted. It is the equivalent of crying wolf over and over again. No one will listen to you when the truth is applicable. One does not have to agree with Milos beliefs to recognize he values free speech for what it actually promotes: discussion and dialogue between opposing viewpoints.

Back to the protest. One can easily watch the videos of rioters clubbing people with iron pipes or punching a bystander several times even though it is apparent she had done nothing to warrant this. What shocked me the most was a man, already unconscious, being beaten by a group of anti-fascist demonstrators.

There was no uproar and no mainstream condemnations from bipartisan groups for what occurred. For the most part, the response was silence. I may not agree with the people who were clubbed and beaten, but suppressing their civil right to free speech should not be so widely accepted.

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Activists Claim DIA Infringed On Freedom Of Speech – CBS Local

Posted: February 7, 2017 at 8:00 am

By Rick Sallinger

DENVER (CBS4) Protesters have asked a federal court judge to issue an injunction against the City of Denver and police after demonstrators were asked to leave Denver International Airport last month.

The response was strong and immediate to President Donald Trumps travel ban. Protestors rushed to airports around the country including DIA.

(credit: CBS)

But in Denver, police told the demonstrators that they needed to have obtained a permit seven days in advance of the protest.

They were addressed by a man with an airport badge on a megaphone who announced, You need a permit to conduct this activity on airport property.

And a Denver police officer told them, Stop doing anything that can be construed as Free Speech without a permit.

(credit: Darren OConnor)

Now some of those protesters have filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for the airport rule that requires a permit a week in advance to be lifted.

Civil Rights attorney David Lane is representing the protesters.

(credit: CBS)

Those protesters were out there the day that occurred and Denver expects them to wait seven days? The Supreme Court says thats unconstitutional, said Lane.

The protests continued inside DIA despite the request by police. Then, to avoid arrest, some demonstrators moved outside by the Westin hotel. The city insists its actions were within the law.

Travel ban protesters gathered Jan. 28 at Denver Intl Airport. (credit:: CBS)

DIA issued a statement, Denver police and the airport worked to balance the rights of individuals to express themselves with the need to protect passengers and airport operations.

Those who filed the lawsuit continued their protests at DIA. CBS4 Investigator Rick Sallinger asked them a question as they carried one of the signs they had at the protest.

(credit: CBS)

Are you a little worried about holding up this sign? asked Sallinger. Yes. Any minute DPD could arrive and take it, said one protester.

CBS4s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

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Thousands protest in Berlin against industrialized farming

Posted: January 17, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the German capital, Berlin, on Saturday, calling on the government to change course with its farming policies and protesting against an increasing industrialization of agriculture.

Organizers said some 50,000 people attended the rally, which took place during the International Green Week, an agricultural trade fair held annually in Berlin. Police were more sober with their estimate of 25,000 participants, saying that the protest remained peaceful.

Under the motto “We are sick of agribusiness,” protesters called for a worldwide right to food, legal restrictions to protect food and agriculture from genetic manipulation and a stop to the building of mega-factory farms.

TTIP under fire

Protesters, who marched from Potsdam Square to the Federal Chancellery, also demanded the rejection of the planned TTIP free-trade agreement between the European Union and the USA.

The spokesman for the alliance of more than 120 environmental, consumer and development organizations behind the protest, Jochen Fritz, said TTIP would ruin the livelihood of many farmers.

“The EU-USA trade agreement TTIP only serves global concerns, and will take away the means of existence from many farms here and across the world,” he said, adding that the agreement would also jeopardize consumer standards.

The EU and US have been holding negotiations on the TTIP since July 2013. Its advocates say a free-trade zone would give an enormous boost to economies on both sides of the Atlantic, but critics in Europe fear a drop in consumer protection and food safety standards.

‘Protests having effect’

Fritz also criticized agricultural policies in Germany, saying that they had forced more than three quarters of German pig farmers to give up their businesses since 2000, with large meat companies increasingly taking over livestock farming. He called for agriculture on the basis of regional markets.

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Mr. Anthony Verdi & Mr. Nguyen Smith – First Amendment and the Role of Protest; Protest Art – Video

Posted: December 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

Mr. Anthony Verdi Mr. Nguyen Smith – First Amendment and the Role of Protest; Protest Art
Mr. Anthony Verdi Mr. Nguyen Smith – First Amendment and the Role of Protest; Protest Art.

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Democrats Protest Black Conservative Event & Smack My Camera – Video

Posted: December 6, 2014 at 4:49 am

Democrats Protest Black Conservative Event Smack My Camera
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu and her allies prove once again that the Democrats idea of the First Amendment is shouting down conservatives voices, especially black conservatives. I've…

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Mindanao rights group to file case vs police official after violent dispersal

Posted: December 3, 2014 at 7:41 am

DAVAO CITY Contingents of a human rights caravan from Mindanao to Manila, Manilakbayan, is now preparing their legal documents to file a case against the Philippine National Police-Quezon City Police District (PNP-QCPD) officerPolice Superintendent Col. Pedro Sanchez and his subordinates, following a violent dispersal last November 29 that left fifteen injured including two media practitioners.

Over 300 people representing Mindanaos different sectors and mostly indigenous people participated in theManilakbayan ng Mindanao. The Manilakbayan (Journey to Metro Manila) started last November 12 passing by Visayas, and the Bicol and Tagalog regions where their counterparts met and joined them.

In a press statement sent to Davao Today, Wednesday, Jomorito Goaynon, spokesperson of Manilakbayan said that around 20 policemen of Police Station 2, Masambong Police Station under PNP-QCPD led by Sanchez harassed and violently dispersed more than 200 lumads and farmers at the protest action in front of President Benigno Aquinos house in Times Street.

Jomorito Goaynon, spokesperson of Manilakbayan ng Mindanao said that instead of addressing the demands of the Mindanaoans who traveled afar to register the human rights situation of hinterland Mindanao to the president and to the broadest Filipino people, we were met with a violent dispersal from the police.

Goaynon said they were expecting that the president would take actions on their urgent demands, among which are the pull-out of army battalions in Mindanao, the cessation of destructive agro-foreign projects, the stop of military attacks on community schools, the dismissal of trumped-up charges, and the stop of extrajudicial killings in Mindanao.

According to a fact sheet prepared by human rights group Karapatan, there were 15 individuals from the ranks of the protesters who were injured including two media men. Sevenwere from Southern Tagalog, seven from Southern Mindanao Region, two from CARAGA Region and one from the National Capital Region.

Jay Apiag, spokesperson of Karapatan North Cotabato was hit on the neck that caused him to faint. Apiag was then rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center.

While, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) Secretary-General Antonio Tonying Flores, one of the leaders who negotiated with Sanchez, was arbitrarily arrested during the protest. He was detained in Camp Karingal, the headquarters of QCPD, for four days.

Karapatan said that at approximately9:30in the morning, they started to march from the Bureau of Internal Revenue office in Quezon City. We were prevented to pass through when a police patrol car and five policemen blocked the road.

The program started at around9:55 amand additional 10 police men positioned in front of the gate while a negotiation was going on between the two parties. P/Supt. Sanchez arrived in the area around10:05 amand commanded his men to disperse the protest, the group said.

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Second Amendment Showdown: 5,500 Washington State Gun Owners Intend to Engage in Civil Disobedience

Posted: November 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

November 10, 2014|11:58 am

First Connecticut, and then New York passed gun control laws this year – that many people believe are unconstitutional – turninghundreds of thousands of AR-15 owners into felons simply for not registering their guns. Now, Washington state gun owners intend to take things to a new level in response to Washington’s new gun control law. At least 5,500 are planning to openly violate the heavy-handed law, I-594, during a rally at the state capitol in Olympia on December 13th. The law goes into effect on December 4th, after the Secretary of State certifies the election results. Not a single so-called mainstream media source has mentioned the unprecedented event, even though RSVPs continue to increase every day.

This is practically unheard of in the modern era; not only will 5,500 people deliberately violate the law through civil disobedience, but will violate felony gun laws. Washington is one of few remaining blue states that has remained friendly to gun owners, and so gun owners are furious that a handful of billionaires were able to come in and buy the election, contributing about half the $10 million poured into the race to support I-594, almost 10 times as much as the opposition. Unsuccessful at getting the legislature to pass the law, gun control proponents resorted to billionaires to push it through instead as an initiative. Their money provided the resources to afford to run continuous misleading ads on TV.

The Facebook pagefor “I-594 I Will Not Comply” states, “We will rally at the capitol, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate I-594 in every possible way We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT comply.”

Under I-594, transferring a gun to someone in most situations – such as loaning your gun to a family member or friend at the range – will constitute a felony. Most gun owners have transferred their gun at one point to a friend or relative to try shooting. One-third of Washington state residents are gun owners. Considering the population of Washington is about 7 million, that means as many as 2.3 million gun owners could now be felons for doing what they have commonly done in the past. And that is only the tip of the iceberg; the 18-page law contains many other poorly written, vague and onerous restrictions, too many to list here.

The number of RSVPs for the protest is stunning. A rally against I-594 that took place in downtown Seattle last month only attracted around 300 people.

What are the police going to do if 5,500 gun owners all commit felonies transferring their guns to each other at once? It would be impossible to try and arrest all 5,500. Rank and file law enforcement opposes I-594, as do more than two-thirds of the elected county sheriffs in Washington. A recent candidate for Yakima County Sheriff is helping set up the rally.

The point of the rally is to show that the law is so ridiculous, burdensome and convoluted that it is unenforceable. Unlike much prior civil disobedience, the protest will be nonviolent, and there is no reason to believe otherwise. At the rally against I-594 in downtown Seattle last month, where most protesters came armed, the only law enforcement agent visible who showed up to monitor the event was a Washington Park Ranger who was unarmed. This is because gun owners are some of the most law-abiding people in the country, and law enforcement knows this. The fact they have been provoked to civil disobedience – felony civil disobedience – is very disturbing.

Hungry with the taste of victory, gun control advocates in Washington are now moving on to get more legislation passed that will ban assault weapons, require trigger locks, and more infringements upon the Second Amendment.

Fortunately, opponents such as Washington’s Second Amendment Foundation, and likely the NRA as well, are intending to file a lawsuit to challenge I-594, and will be lobbying the legislature to change or rescind it.

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Students Protest ‘Conservative Censorship’ of U.S. History – Video

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 4:42 am

Students Protest 'Conservative Censorship' of U.S. History

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Schools Protest ‘Conservative Censorship’ Of Textbooks – Video

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

Schools Protest 'Conservative Censorship' Of Textbooks
On Tuesday, hundreds of high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado walked out of classes this week to protest conservative censorship of the national Advanced Placement U.S. history…

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Dan B of NYR group – raised to be a patriot – Video

Posted: September 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Dan B of NYR group – raised to be a patriot
This is my interview with Dan Burch from the NYR group at the protest at the Albion Gun Shop. He traveled 11 hours round trip to support the second amendment. Thanks for watching. Like Share…

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