Protesting Is Now Essentially Illegal in the City
Section 3. PROHIBITED CONDUCT: (ii) no person within the City of Baltimore may engage in a march, parade, assembly or demonstration on a public place, whether during the Curfew Period or during Other Hours unless the event has a previously issued permit.
This is the police state incarnate. It's not theoretical. It's not 1984. It's not a conspiracy theory. It is a living, breathing, reality. Right now public dissent in Baltimore is prohibited. Hell even publicly gathering together is essentially illegal. This draconian violation of civil liberties and attempt to draw even more divisive lines within communities and residents will not stand. I think we who feel strongly about the essentialist American ideal of freedom of assembly should be openly, publicly, and unapologetically violating this stipulation of the state of emergency.
Or those of us in the county whom haven't felt a systematic attempt at silencing us should be assembling out of solidarity with those rebelling in the city, whom are told they cannot.
And I'm talking to all of ya'll. From even diametrically opposing political stances, surely THIS blatant undermining of democracy must infuriate you, or at least disenchant you.
As Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III from Pleasant Hope Baptist Church said to an impassioned crowd on Saturday standing outside the West Baltimore Police Precinct (where a mortally wounded Freddie Gray was brought after his arrest) "We may not agree on everything, but guess what? You don't have to agree on everything to work together on SOMETHING!"