Hartmann: Money is free speech...how about tents?
So why is it -- going off the decision by the high court in Buckley versus Valeo -- that when political expression is given the "broadest possible protection," money is protected but tents are not? And why is it -- when recognizing the CREATIVE dynamic of free expression -- that again money is protected, but tents are not? The answer is fairly obvious: corporations have a lot of money and not a lot of tents. The ironic thing is that Occupy Wall Street is demonstrating -- in large part -- against these two court cases, against the idea that money is speech. So Supreme Court rulings that big green pieces of fabrics are NOT a form of free speech is just fine, just as long as the court is consistent and rules that the little green pieces of fabric are not speech either. But until that happens -- until the court treats all fabric in the same way -- then Occupy Wall Street needs to keep camping out. The message to the movement is simple: start building your tents out of stitched-together dollar bills.
Join Occupy Portland as we march from the Salmon Springs Fountain to occupy another park!
Why? Because the grievances and injustices within our society have not been redressed. Because we have the right to peacefully assemble on public property to voice those grievances, and we’re not done! Because we stand in solidarity with the Occupy Movement across this entire country that has been pursued, persecuted and brutalized for exercising the very rights our country is supposed to defend! Because it’s about damn time!
Other details Bring your tents, your sleeping bags, and prepare yourself for a night of non-violent protest while we celebrate the reoccupation of another park with live music and a showing of the film Meltdown: The Secret History of the Global Financial Collapse. Bring your own musical instruments, hula hoops, food for the potluck and positive attitudes!
We will be having a Reoccupation Open Forum starting at 2PM at Salmon Springs Fountain at the south end of Waterfront Park. THEN WE MARCH, starting at 3PM, to occupy another park! We have our committees, our working groups, and our experience from the previous occupation. We have a plan, we have sustainability, and we have security culture.