Resolution of Defense to 1st Amendment Rights

Resolution of Defense to 1st Amendment Rights
As Presented by the Nonpartisan League

In Support of the 1st Amendment:

In response to national and local events surrounding protests, rallies, marches, and victimless civil disobedience, we affirm our support and the rights of all people to practice their right to assemble to address grievances. In affirming our support, we are opposed to police and the military antagonistic responses meant to disrupt and agitate such groups into more aggressive forms of civil disobedience. Attacks on journalists and the press at many of these events from police are in direct violation of our rights. The main cores of the 1st amendment stand around the following:

  • People have the right to speak to the issues that are affecting them and their community.
  • People have the right of a free press, to record, gather statements, and investigate a situation to provide information on events.
  • People have the right to assemble peaceably, to address grievances against those with power including -but not limited to- the government.
  • That government institutions, such as a congressional body, may not establish a set religion, or prohibit one.

When law enforcement and military commit to actions of agitation, they are in fact infringing on our rights. When law enforcement and military assault and arrest journalists, they are in fact infringing on our rights. An orderly and respectable police department would seek discussions and ways to open dialogue to address grievances.

As such, that any police officer or military personal creating an agitated response is in fact dishonoring their oath to the constitution. Their role is to help facilitate and de-escalate for public safety and protect state and capital buildings.

In Summary:

These rights are directly being questioned and attacked, and we must stand together to protect cornerstones of our democratic-republic.

  • People have to right to attend sessions to voice their concerns of legislative actions, and space must be provided to allow a civil resolve to grievances.
  • We are against the requirement of a permit, the need for “permission” from the state to address state related issues.
  • Creating laws that defend people who commit vehicular manslaughter against protesters is heinous and immoral, as is any other law that would encourage and allow violence.
  • Law enforcement does not have the right to arrest the press, in any situation.
  • We oppose armed military occupation, beyond state buildings, in the event of local people taking to the streets to bring awareness of issues and repeated injury.
  • As long as demonstrations are without victim(s), that disrupting traffic and commerce are within the scope of peaceable assembly to address grievances.
  • We stand with victims of police brutality and lend our voice in support of reform for law enforcement to address national and local issues that persist and threatens the peace of local communities all across the country.
  • We believe no one is above the law and if law enforcement engages in agitation rather than de-escalation they are in fact breaking their oath to the constitution, and should be immediately removed from their position.
  • No establishment of religion should be made, and that no religion should be prohibited from governing bodies. As such all religions have the same rights as another and prejudice along these lines in any governing body is a direct violation to the constitution and our rights.

Our 1st amendment right is the most sacred in allowing a free people to have influence and control of those who assume power. Our rights are under assault locally and legislatively, and we still stand firm and vigilant to this issue so that people can keep their right to organize.

This is What Fascism Looks Like

We live in a country where police are told to hold back response to an attempt to overthrow our government -and when asking military for support- requests are ignored and denied. This is in reference to the January 6th attempted coup in our capitol.

This is what fascism looks like.

In another situation though, a police officer murders another human, a son, a father, a partner, Daunte Wright, and when people dare to raise their voice in grievance police and military are right there. With riot gear, curfew, and officers who antagonize for responses. While a trial is still going on for the last murderous police officer, of a black man.

This is what fascism looks like.

If you attempt to over throw the government, one gets less police and military response, than when people are using their 1st amendment right. When the issues are injustice of law enforcement, brought to attention by repeated unjustified murders.

This is what fascism looks like.

Police are spraying journalists with pepper spray, assaulting them, and then arresting them illegally, even after judges’ orders to stop. This same situation occurred last year during BLM protests.

This is what Fascism looks like.

When elected officials ignore issues, stick with partisan talking points, and deny the truth of things. Worse yet is when these “officials” seek to inflame and encourage anger with no solution, to attract attention for power they don’t know what to do with.

This is what Fascism looks like.

When children have to come together to march in a city to ask military to leave because the military occupation are supporting a police department murdering people, attacking journalists, and revoking laws of our 1st amendment rights.

This is what fascism looks like.

When a police officer who commits a murder, can write a book and get a book deal while organizers of events are demonized harassed and wrongfully jailed.

This is what fascism looks like.

Are we so desensitized by being over worked, over dramatized by media, over stimulated, that we don’t recognize the reality we are seeing? Fascism isn’t some over-hyped issue to get you to pretend to care, this isn’t something that will just go away if we ignore what is going on. This is our country, and it grows into what we tolerate. It is sickening, that we are more tolerant of an attempt to over throw our democratic-republic, than we are of people using their 1st amendment rights. While police routinely murder people.

This is what fascism looks like.

Patriotism

Patriotism is sacrifice and duty.

It’s being willing to stand, face fear and danger. Defending brothers, sisters, and siblings. It is making sure we safe guard our rights and freedoms.

When we wake up, we put on our mask, not to protect ourselves, but to protect others in our community. When we march in the streets risking our lives under the threat of domestic terrorists who will shoot us to “protect the businesses”, under the threat of people running us over and legislators legalizing attacks on us, we do so bravely.

We risk scorn and being ostracized by coworkers and fired by employers. A friend asked, “Does it pay?”

Truth is, we aren’t paid, we don’t get a housing allowance, we don’t get college credits and we sacrifice a lot while risking our lives and livelihood, to stand for civil rights, reproductive rights, indigenous treaty rights, and environmental justice.

“Then why do you do it?” Some may ask.

Because that’s what a Patriot does, we sacrifice and do our duty to fight for our rights and the rights of others for our nations freedoms. So when my son or daughter ask why they stand for the pledge of allegiance, I can tell them because our family has always and will always fight for justice for All.

Special thanks to our armed service members and veterans who also sacrificed and risked their lives to stand for our country, and to the police who genuinely care.

Close the Camps

Concentration camps still exist here in the United States. Worse yet, there are states like North Dakota that used this gross human rights violation for profit. We have been separating children from their families and rounding them up, placing them into overcapacity camps. There have been reports of thousands being sexually molested by guards, and an untold number dead from suicide, dehydration, or lack of basic necessities in these camps. Now hundreds of children are missing as the ACLU tries to reunite families.

It is clear this crisis is not being resolved with the due diligence it requires. Two years ago, many of us with the NPL attended a rally in Bismarck with one clear message: “Close the Camps.” They have not been closed. In fact, the camps continue to swell as people seeking asylum continue to be rounded up and forced into these concentration camps.

This country passed The United States Refugee Act of 1980. That law makes clear that any person seeking asylum will not be criminalized nor turned away, and that they will be granted job training as well as be given a path to citizenship. We not only failed that promise, but went against our nation’s laws. These broken promises have resulted in thousands of cases of abuse, neglect, and even death in a number of instances.

It is well past time that we close these camps. As a North Dakotan, we refuse to be a part of these heinous crimes so prisons can profit from human misery. Calling them illegal when they are, in fact, following our laws is not only immoral, it is in direct violation of the law. We at the NPL firmly stand against these camps and the use of an illegal police force that operates nationally to round people up and arrest them on the notions of xenophobia and racism.

Close the Camps, NOW.