The shareholders meetings for Duped Energy and Banks Over America are happening in Charlotte. Duke’s meeting is tomorrow and BOA on the 9th. Both are expected to bring some protests. As if.

Hooligan TJ alluded to it in comments, but I wanted to provide a space for folks to expand on the events themselves, the protests planned, and the “extraordinary circumstances” rules that are being put in place to try to dampen or diffuse the impact of peaceful protests, otherwise known as free speech.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

You would think that every attempt to stifle the will of “The People” through the imposition of laws designed to curb the above would be met with an equal and opposite escalation of action; force to meet force. Unfortunately the people are vastly outgunned, out tasered, out funded and out organized by the government that still claims to be responsive to said will of the people. In this particular instance they seem to have enacted legislation to protect one corporate citizen from being confronted by thousands of real live human citizens.

The government has yet to act to force change upon these Corporate citizens that would improve their moral and ethical standards of practice, and these rules seem to be made to insure that the citizenry doesn’t either.

How does that make you feel? Do you approve? Should or would Asheville do the same thing? Is this a dress rehearsal for the Democratic Convention, and does that heighten the chances of things going wrong and people getting hurt?


  1. Davyne Dial says:

    ” Is this a dress rehearsal for the Democratic Convention,” You betcha!

  2. TJ says:

    That is supposed to be a link to the Charlotte ordinance and specific guideline for “extraordinary event” measures. I don’t know how to link it another way, so I hope this works.

    We have our list of supplies to take to the protest, and I have NO expectation that CPD will be as tolerant as the APD. YES, it IS a practice run for the D.C., so, we will see how we fare at the end. I hope I can post a comment on Thursday…if not, I’ll be calling for bail 😉 (actually, we’re taking all that info with us, and hope that at least one of us gets out to help those arrested/attacked.

    I still find it strange we should have to make a contingency plan in order to have “free speech.”

    It’s true what they say: “Freedom is never free.”

  3. TJ says:

    Now, THIS looked fun! I loved the part where the sign said the bank was closed due to the protest, and, when the manager took off the foreclosed sign down.

    Of course, doing this in Charlotte might end up in pepper spray. Gotta remember the swim goggles.

  4. TJ says:

    A report directly from the Charlotte Observer:

    Peaceful? I hope so. We’ll see. Reportedly, there are organized efforts to provide legal, medical and organizational assistance by local groups. More meetings on Sunday.

    So much to do, so little time.