Susanne Posel/Occupy Corporatism
The states of our American Republic have been sneaking in police state legislation in a panic measure to ensure they have the authority to arrest and imprison Americans if the need arises. While the US government is consolidating their power, while shredding the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, some states are also following suit. The intended consequence is the remaking of traditional American practices (i.e. free speech, protest, right to bear arms) are being taken from US citizens at a rapid rate.
The state of Georgia’s SB 469, an anti-union and anti-protest bill, essentially turns nonviolent civil disobedience into a felony. The punishment is imprisonment for one year as well as a fine of $10,000 dollars for organizations, and $1000 dollars for individuals.
The bill was introduced by State Reps. Don Balfour (R-Snellville), Bill Hamrick (R-Carrollton), Bill Cowsert (R-Athens), and Ross Tolleson (R-Perry). These senators are members of an organization called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC coalesce corporations and lawmakers to draft template legislation that is then introduced in other states. The agenda of ALEC is to use these means of influence to remake legislation that benefit them. ALEC claims to be nonpartisan but is funded right-wing corporate conservative organizations like the Koch Brothers. The Koch Brothers are known for placing monetary influence to sway public opinion and action to their objective.
Larry Pellegrini of the Georgia Rural Urban Summit, told Atlanta Progressive News:
“The way they are handling these extreme bills like SB 469 prohibiting protest which they know is unconstitutional, but they want to send a message and try to throw everyone off track. In addition, they have from the beginning of the Session been looking like they want to find Constitutional challenges and actually pass bills that they know are unconstitutional but to use them as a way to overturn federal law”.
Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter recently announced a ban on feeding homeless people in the areas of Ben Franklin Parkway and Center City (just ot name a few). Nutter, using his position to discriminate against the homeless population, says that feeding the homeless is both unsanitary and undignified. Nutter went on to say:
“. . . providing to those who are hungry must not be about opening the car trunk, handing out a bunch of sandwiches, and then driving off into the dark and rainy night.”
The ban on park feedings takes place in 30 days, and groups in violation face 2 warnings, and then a $150 fine.