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Dissent Is Patriotic: 1st Amendment, Freedom and Equality!

By Kari Ann Rinker
Announcement | July 15, 2011

TOPEKA, Kan. - flag-1.jpgJoin us August 6 as we STAND UNITED in a Celebration of Fairness, Equality, Patriotism, and Freedom for ALL!

UNITED WE STAND in our opposition to the Brownback administration's devastating policies that damage the quality of life of all Kansans.

UNITED WE STAND against policies aimed at forcing narrow, ideological extremism upon all Kansans.

UNITED WE STAND for equality, for jobs, for healthcare, and for quality education.

UNITED WE STAND to remind Governor Brownback that dissent is patriotic.

On June 1, the Brownback administration attempted to revoke Kansas National Organization for Women's (NOW's) permission to use three spare tires as props during an outdoor Capitol press conference. As reported in The Maddow Blog, a local television station filmed Capitol Police as they repeatedly disrupted Kansas NOW's event, insisting that the props violated Capitol policy.

Media questions regarding NOW's treatment went unanswered, requests for a copy of the policy were shoved aside, and officials were shown to be untruthful in their denials that Kansas NOW was harassed. The Brownback administration has refused to apologize for its outrageous behavior, and has misled Kansas NOW and the media about who was responsible for the harassment.

On June 24, the Brownback administration blocked the Kansas Equality Coalition from carrying flagpoles bearing American, Kansas, and Rainbow flags onto the State Capitol grounds.

Under threat of arrest, they were told that the flagpoles, including the tiny flags on wooden sticks handed to children at parades, were "dangerous weapons" and not permitted on Capitol grounds.

Several Kansas newspapers and television stations have reported the truth - that Governor Brownback's friends are free to carry what they wish, while those he opposes are harassed and intimidated.

The Koch-funded "Americans for Prosperity," the anti-marriage-equality Catholic group "Knights of Columbus," and the anti-choice "Kansans for Life" have all been allowed by Brownback to carry their "dangerous weapons" at their Capitol rallies.

Unbelievably, at an anti-choice rally on January 21, the Knights of Columbus can be seen in videos and photos marching on the Capitol with drawn swords. At that same event, standing within feet of Governor Brownback on the Capitol's south steps, the Knight's swords are clearly visible in their scabbards.

In an editorial blasting the Brownback administration for their outrageous and unfair treatment of opposition groups, the Hutchinson News said:

"When politicians and the government are so fearful that they relegate their own symbol of freedom to a weapon that can cause harm, it is a real cause for alarm. When we're so afraid that we're willing to stamp down a peaceful demonstrator's right to free speech and the right to carry an American flag in public, it is a legitimate reason to fear that the Constitution is in dire trouble."


Sam Brownback is not satisfied with hijacking our state government for his own agenda. He's also doing his best to hijack the First Amendment rights of all Kansans who disagree with him.

We must not allow him to stake his claim on our right to peaceably assemble and exercise our Constitutionally-guarantee​d rights.

Join us at OUR Capitol in Topeka at noon on Saturday, August 6. Bring your flags, but not your flagpoles. Bring your signs, but not your signposts. Help us cover the Capitol grounds with the only "dangerous weapons" we need: the words and symbols of a patriotic movement that values fairness, equality and justice for all.


2 Comments

You are the coolest woman I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.


Governor Brownback has proven down through the years, that he will do or say whatever is neccesary to promote himself and his minions.


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