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  •  Businesses spending millions of dollars in (7+ / 0-)

    misleading campaign ads? Free speech.

    Actual speech? Something businesses should be protected from.

    Most of the people taking a hard line against us are firmly convinced that they are the last defenders of civilization... The last stronghold of mother, God, home and apple pie and they're full of shit! David Crosby, Journey Thru the Past.

    by Mike S on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 01:31:15 PM PST

    •  Mike - the speech is protected (2+ / 0-)
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      thanatokephaloides, Sparhawk

      I am not sure what the law covers that is not already against the law. No one has the right to block streets, driveways, sidewalks, or the entrances or exits to buildings, unless you have a permit. Even for political speech.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 02:15:51 PM PST

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      •  VClib - number 1 & 2 violate Federal Laws (0+ / 0-)

        which grant employees the right to strike

        Also, number 3 is vague.

        Federal Laws allow employees, in mass, to picket and you are wrong about needing a "permit" to picket.

        •  You don't need a permit to picket (0+ / 0-)

          but you do need one to block streets, or sidewalks. You are  right that you need no permit to picket. However, when you picket you can't block the sidewalk, or impede pedestrian traffic, and you cannot block entrances or exits to buildings or driveways. Even though you have a picket line you have to allow easy access in and out of the driveways, entrances and exits to buildings.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 12:37:17 PM PST

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        •  I think its a bad law (0+ / 0-)

          but I don't see any prohibition regarding strikes. A strike is when people withhold their labor and stop coming to work. It seems to me this bad law is only about on site actions, like picketing.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 12:41:09 PM PST

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    •  simple solution (2+ / 0-)
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      lippythelion69, dconrad

      Have all pickets be sponsored by a church, or better a coalition of churches.  This should not be too hard.  Real churches support things like fair pay and good working conditions and the like.  Of course some churches do support killing workers for profit just like some churches supported slavery and some churches support discrimination in general.

      The point is that if the legislator see signs like 'followers of jesus for a higher minimum wage' and 'would jesus feed his followers fish that would kill them' and these religious persons getting arrested for expressing their religious views, I suspect their heads might explode.

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