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First Amendment protest scheduled for October 13 outside of Fall River Government Center

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The following was submitted by Collin Dias of the Fall River First Amendment Coalition:

On September 22nd, The Fall River City Council had taken steps and now threatens to take additional steps to censor and limit citizens’ input of members of the public. Members of the Council mischaracterized a September 22nd professionally worded citizen’s input critical of the job performance of the city’s CFO, along with other issues as “Slander”. Several members of the council were also quick to criticize the input and suggested ideas of disallowing future written input or even limiting what an individual can talk about during an in-person input. The Council President will now be reviewing all future written citizens’ input, and will censor out parts of or will completely disregard said input from being read out loud during the meeting if the input does not agree to the Council President’s standards.

In response to the Council’s clear attempts of a breach of an individual’s 1st amendment right to freedom of speech in a public forum, there will be a protest outside of the Fall River Government Center 5 PM on October 13th. Social distancing and masks will be required, and gloves and sanitizer will be provided to attendees. At 6 PM, for those who wish to attend can join us at the Fall River City Council meeting and sign up for citizens’ input and ask the council to not bridge the rights of Freedom of Speech for citizens’ input. For those who may not be available to join, can submit citizens’ input to ​City_Council@Fallriverma.org​ and address the input to the October 13th Fall River City Council meeting.” Those who attend the City Council meeting must follow all of the council’s rules to mask-wearing, sanitizer, and social distancing.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. WokeJokes

    September 28, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Gathering of the soy boys.

    • Mikey Morty

      September 28, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      Calm down DSP!

      • DSP

        September 28, 2020 at 5:21 pm

        I’m not the coward in this convo. If I want to say something, it will be under DSP.

  2. Mortis Maximus

    September 28, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    I will be there to support Colin Dias.

  3. Rober Correia

    September 28, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    I know many people are not going to like this but it’s a fact. There is no legal requirement for public input at City Council meetings, this is a courtesy extended by this Council. However at sub committee meetings that deal with adoption of various policies or bylaws being proposed, the public has a right to be heard on that subject matter. The public in put at a City Council meeting is not a First Amendment issue.

    • DSP

      September 28, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      That is the problem. People are about the likes, feelings, and not the facts.

      • Mikey Morty

        September 28, 2020 at 7:05 pm

        If your on facebook period you are a joke. Using facebook terminology
        “Likes” is an indicator that you are one of the sheep…

        • DSP

          September 29, 2020 at 10:13 am

          It is none of your business if I am on social media. But I know how social media “personalities” and groups podium pound, why they podium pound, who they podium pound for.

          If you are an adult, it is quite strange you spend your day essentially stalking another commenter.

          Another thing that I have that you lack, is integrity. So if I say something on MY behalf, that is what it is. Unlike you and your cronies.

          Tah tah. <Is that a social media term?

          • Mikey Morty

            September 29, 2020 at 12:04 pm

            Thank you!

    • Mortis Maximus

      September 28, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Simply have it made into ordinance.

  4. Mortis Maximus

    September 28, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    So then we vote out the cowards that can’t handle criticism. We vote in a City Council that will answer to the electorate and the problem is solved. Nothing is complicated but for the rhetoric of politicos. You people need to stop being so weak minded, if the truth was in your hand you wouldn’t recognize it because you liberals have all been demoralized. Gefilte fish!

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