We saw free speech attacked with our own eyes.
On October 30, Texas Home School Coalition joined activists from all over the state in Corsicana to protest outside of Rep. Byron Cook’s fundraiser. Standing in the rain, we held our signs and chanted to tell the truth about Byron Cook’s anti-conservative record.
As we protested, however, the ever-present police continued attempting to end the protest by informing us that we were in violation of a Corsicana City Ordinance which stipulated that “No parade or procession containing twenty-five (25) or more persons . . . shall occupy, march or proceed along any street, except in accordance with a permit issued by the Chief of Police . . . .”
Because we were standing in the grass (not on the street) and were quite clearly involved in a peaceful, First Amendment protected protest and not a parade, this assertion was absurd. Nevertheless, after attempting to end the protest altogether, the police issued citations to Empower Texans President Michael Quinn Sullivan and Texas Right to Life President Jim Graham.
These obvious violations of the First Amendment should not go unnoticed. Every one of us ought not only be outraged, but also be driven to action to correct this unconstitutional authority that the City of Corsicana has presumed to lord over Texas citizens. If the City of Corsicana can take away the First Amendment rights of peaceable protesters once, they can do it again–so can other cities and counties. What would stop them from shutting down pro-life activists demonstrating outside of an abortion clinic as well?
This is not an issue that good citizens allow without a fight. It will not always end with a simple citation. That is why we must stop every violation of our constitutional rights the first moment they arise.
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