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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:42 am

Republican lawmakers in numerous states are pushing legislation that would place restrictions on protesting rights. According to The Washington Post, the bills being introduced in 17 states would ramp up punishments for protesters who block highways and ban the use of masks, among other restrictions, in an effort to counter what Republicans say are manufactured, “paid,” and “professional” protesters. Lee Rowland of the American Civil Liberties Union said the GOP lawmakers pushing these bills want to increase “penalties for protest-related activity to the point that it results in self-censorship among protesters who have every intention to obey the law.” Demonstrations have been taking place nationwide since the election of Donald Trump as president, and Republican lawmakers have been facing angry constituents at town halls in their home states. President Trump has dismissed the protests as being largely organized by liberal activists. 


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Post by Angry Andy on Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:09 am

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Post by nicko on Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:18 am

No one should be allowed to wear a mask when "protesting".
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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:21 am

nicko wrote:No one should be allowed to wear a mask when "protesting".


Why not?

If they are not committing a crime?

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Post by Angry Andy on Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:37 am

Does that include the white hoods of the KKK?

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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:45 am

Angry Andy wrote:Does that include the white hoods of the KKK?


Yes

Whether its a symbol of hate and oppression, like the veil or burka. No outfit should be banned.
There should be limitations though around security checks for example
Being on a march is not a criminal offense.
Howver if they did commit a criminal offense, that would be different.

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Post by Angry Andy on Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:52 am

Someone should tell Donald 'Hitler' Trump.

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:35 am

Thorin wrote:Republican lawmakers in numerous states are pushing legislation that would place restrictions on protesting rights. According to The Washington Post, the bills being introduced in 17 states would ramp up punishments for protesters who block highways and ban the use of masks, among other restrictions, in an effort to counter what Republicans say are manufactured, “paid,” and “professional” protesters. Lee Rowland of the American Civil Liberties Union said the GOP lawmakers pushing these bills want to increase “penalties for protest-related activity to the point that it results in self-censorship among protesters who have every intention to obey the law.” Demonstrations have been taking place nationwide since the election of Donald Trump as president, and Republican lawmakers have been facing angry constituents at town halls in their home states. President Trump has dismissed the protests as being largely organized by liberal activists. 


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how is blocking a highway protesting?
Why do protesters need to wear masks if they are behaving lawfully?



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Post by The Devil, You Know on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:35 am

Angry Andy wrote:America.
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Lead by an oppressive Dictator who outlaws the press and free speech.
The Foundling Fathers are weeping.
a one party state with 2 parties. Marvellous.

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:36 am

Angry Andy wrote:Does that include the white hoods of the KKK?
yes of course it does.
glad you are in favour of this sensible bill

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:38 am

Thorin wrote:
Angry Andy wrote:Does that include the white hoods of the KKK?


Yes

Whether its a symbol of hate and oppression, like the veil or burka. No outfit should be banned.
There should be limitations though around security checks for example
Being on a march is not a criminal offense.
Howver if they did commit a criminal offense, that would be different.
give me a single valid reason why a protester would need to wear a mask if they aren't intent on breaking the law. the only ones I can think of are extreme cold when a snow mask might be warrented or for a medical condition that requires the face to remain covered.
they certainly dont need one to burn down or destroy property.

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Post by nicko on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:41 am

They wear a mask because when/if they commit a crime they can't be identified, if they aren't going to commit a crime why wear a mask?
Unless of cause they should be in work, or Mommy might see them.
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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:43 am

nicko wrote:They wear a mask because when/if they commit a crime they can't be identified,  if they aren't going to commit a crime why wear a mask?
Unless of cause they should be in work, or Mommy might see them.


Its up to them if they want to wear a mask and there could be many reasons.

Again its not a crime to wear a mask Nicko



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Post by The Devil, You Know on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:48 am

Thorin wrote:
nicko wrote:They wear a mask because when/if they commit a crime they can't be identified,  if they aren't going to commit a crime why wear a mask?
Unless of cause they should be in work, or Mommy might see them.


Its up to them if they want to wear a mask and there could be many reasons.

Again its not a crime to wear a mask Nicko


no, but the government of the USA may well very well make it one. And I wish our government would do the same.

There is no reason that any law abiding citizen would require a mask to protest

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:50 am

Thorin wrote:
nicko wrote:They wear a mask because when/if they commit a crime they can't be identified,  if they aren't going to commit a crime why wear a mask?
Unless of cause they should be in work, or Mommy might see them.


Its up to them if they want to wear a mask and there could be many reasons.

Again its not a crime to wear a mask Nicko


by and large, those that wear the guy fawkes mask are utter twats. they aren't freedom fighters like in the film. they are childish twonks who hide behind masks to destroy property

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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:50 am

The Devil, You Know wrote:
Thorin wrote:


Its up to them if they want to wear a mask and there could be many reasons.

Again its not a crime to wear a mask Nicko


no, but the government of the USA may well very well make it one. And I wish our government would do the same.

There is no reason that any law abiding citizen would require a mask to protest


There could be many reasons.
For example, someone may want to keep their political views separate from their work
What if it was the victims of abuse, that wanted to remain annoymous, but also wanted to march with the protest?
Again its not a crime to wear a mask

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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:52 am

The Devil, You Know wrote:
Thorin wrote:


Its up to them if they want to wear a mask and there could be many reasons.

Again its not a crime to wear a mask Nicko


by and large, those that wear the guy fawkes mask are utter twats. they aren't freedom fighters like in the film. they are childish twonks who hide behind masks to destroy property


Really?

Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks display placards during a rally outside the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila on November 5, 2013. Some 100 masked members of the hacking group Anonymous Philippines marched on parliament on November 5, denouncing corruption and pledging more cyber attacks, a week after 30 government websites were paralyzed. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images)

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:56 am

so once again you prove my point. they wear mask and destroy property.

do you think paralysing government computer systems is OK?

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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:58 am

The Devil, You Know wrote:so once again you prove my point. they wear mask and destroy property.

do you think paralysing government computer systems is OK?


Do you have proof any of them have done so?

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:30 pm

nicko wrote:
No one should be allowed to wear a mask when "protesting".

Smile

Not even those pointy white hoods favoured by certain Trump supporters ???

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:35 pm

nicko wrote:
They wear a mask because when/if they commit a crime they can't be identified,  if they aren't going to commit a crime why wear a mask?
Unless of cause they should be in work, or Mommy might see them.

Idea

Or maybe their ex' is after them for those overdue child support payments...

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Post by nicko on Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:55 pm

Could be Wolfie, could be.
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Post by Original Quill on Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:34 pm

Total waste of time. Case law has said that the First Amendment, being the democracy amendment, is the first in priority. No court is going to rule against it, particularly when there is no threat.

Incidentally, the paid, professional protester allegation is a ruse. Who cares if they are paid? They are still voters.

Moreover, no political demonstration is more slick and professional than a Trump rally. I would love to see a law passed, and then watch a Trump crowd arrested because they are indeed professional demonstrators.

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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:19 pm

Once again, it always helps to learn a bit about why protesters might want to wear masks.

Can You Be Fired For Supporting A Political Candidate?

In my home state of Florida (why is it always Florida?), a CEO sent an email to all of his thousands of employees saying that, if Obama is elected, they would likely lose their jobs. He didn't threaten to fire them for supporting Obama, but did make it clear that, should Obama win, his employees would suffer dire consequences. Then a Wisconsin employer followed suit. The Koch Brothers did the same.

It turns out that Mitt Romney personally instructed CEOs to use this tactic with their workers.

So, have the CEOs crossed a line? Probably not. At least yet.

http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2012/10/can-you-be-fired-for-supporting.html

Also:

When Mitt Romney campaigned at an Ohio coal mine earlier this month, he might not have realized that the miners were forced to be there — without pay — by the owner, Murray Energy.

That’s according to accounts from multiple coal miners, who sent anonymous letters to a local radio station criticizing Murray Energy for allegedly requiring all workers to take the day off, forgo pay, and attend a Romney campaign event.

“Just for the record, if we did not go, we knew what would happen,” wrote one miner.

In an interview with a talk radio show host, Murray Energy CFO Rob Moore denied allegations that workers were “forced,” choosing instead to use the word “mandatory.”

“Our managers communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend,” Moore said. He confirmed that pay was docked for all the workers.

https://thinkprogress.org/miners-say-they-were-forced-to-attend-romney-campaign-event-without-pay-we-knew-what-would-happen-91247e0cd880#.3ywrwqvb2

So you have to remember that this is a country in which your employer can fire you for not forgoing a day's pay to attend a rally supporting your employer's favorite politician, and one in which employers are free to communicate to their workers that their jobs are gone if the politician they don't like wins.

There have also been numerous accounts of people fired for having the "wrong" candidate's bumper sticker on their cars or in some cases running for office for the wrong party:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/9/23/1331814/-Marriott-Just-Fired-an-Employee-Because-She-s-a-Democrat

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/oct/26/can-company-fire-you-for-way-you-vote

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/20/1147581/--I-thought-Please-proceed-CEO-and-he-did-Fire-people-with-Obama-stickers

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/chatterbox/2004/09/bumper_sticker_insubordination.html

When your employer can fire you for exercising your right to political expression, or even for being photographed drinking the wrong beer, it is entirely reasonable that people would disguise themselves when they take part in lawful political activity.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:17 am

sleaze

Doesn't surprise me about that Mine owners' behaviour with the Mitt Romney rally...

Are the Americans on here aware that the US coal mining industry is bottom of the heap when it comes to safety, workers rights, pollution controls, mine rescue services, regulatory oversights, etc.

Doesn't look good when the world's #1 economy has an industry sector lagging behind the likes of China, South Africa or Brazil, does it !


As for bosses threatening their workers not to vote for the other side --  in the past, some farmers and factory owners down here have used the same tactics, urging their employees to vote conservative, otherwise they would lose their jobs.

Even though ballots are secret, and it is illegal to reveal who somebody votes for --   just the threat of a sacking is often enough to scare some workers..       Suspect

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Post by veya_victaous on Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:24 am

WhoseYourWolfie wrote:sleaze

Doesn't surprise me about that Mine owners' behaviour with the Mitt Romney rally...

Are the Americans on here aware that the US coal mining industry is bottom of the heap when it comes to safety, workers rights, pollution controls, mine rescue services, regulatory oversights, etc.

Doesn't look good when the world's #1 economy has an industry sector lagging behind the likes of China, South Africa or Brazil, does it !


As for bosses threatening their workers not to vote for the other side --  in the past, some farmers and factory owners down here have used the same tactics, urging their employees to vote conservative, otherwise they would lose their jobs.

Even though ballots are secret, and it is illegal to reveal who somebody votes for --   just the threat of a sacking is often enough to scare some workers..
      Suspect

even if it doesn't prevent them voting for it, it prevents them openly supporting the other side

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Post by Original Quill on Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:34 pm

Ben wrote:So you have to remember that this is a country in which your employer can fire you for not forgoing a day's pay to attend a rally supporting your employer's favorite politician, and one in which employers are free to communicate to their workers that their jobs are gone if the politician they don't like wins.

It is true that the Constitution is mainly a prohibition only on government, state or federal. However, there is a cause in civil law for wrongful termination:

Google wrote:Wrongful dismissal, also called wrongful termination or wrongful discharge, is a legal phrase, describing a situation in which an employee's contract of employment has been terminated by the employer if the termination breaches one or more terms of the contract of employment, or a statute provision in employment law.

The Constitution is an instance of the latter. Also, several constitutional provisions are implied in the contract of employment. Cases vary from state to state.

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