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Dear lovers of freedom with responsibility…

[UPDATE: The Human Rights Commission will NOT be meeting on Friday.]

[Janelle Egger, who has sued the county over the unconstitutional “urgency ordinance” passed earlier this year, urges people to attend a meeting of the Human Rights Commission tomorrow, Friday, at 2pm at the Courthouse in Eureka, Conference Room A.  She sends the following… –Mitch]

Dear all lovers of freedom with responsibility,

It is time once again to write, call, speak out for our free speech and peaceful assemble rights. The draft changes to the “urgency” ordinance call for repeal of the curfew,  a big step in the right direction.  But the portion to remove the ban on the simple use of tables, free standing signs and displays does more.  It adds restrictions on where you can be and where and when tables/signs are allowed.  And no language is added to allow Women in Black and Vets for Peace to continue their weekly vigils with signs posted as they have for years.  Such unjustified and arbitrary rules run counter to a free society and can be the basis for government harassment.

Remember the Bill of Rights added individual protections against abuse of government powers to ensure public confidence in the government.  Number one, there be no laws “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.”  The Supreme Court has allowed exceptions to this rule, but to be “reasonable” restrictions must pass a four part test. Rules do not pass [if they] do not address a significant governmental interest and [if they] unduly [interfere] with our rights .  We need to write and/or speak to avoid continuing the flawed process of trying to make the urgency ordinance acceptable.  We can do better than acceptable, we can have an ordinance we are proud of.

In June the Human Rights Commission unanimously called on the Board of Supervisors to repeal the urgency ordinance and begin “working together on developing appropriate ways to deal with issues of free speech, public health and safety, and rights to assemble, speak, and demonstrate on public property.”   The simple gesture of repeal would set the stage for an open, positive process.  The Commission needs support to stay committed to their recommendation of supporting our rights through communication, education, accommodation and enforcement of previously existing laws.

The Human Rights Commission will have a special meeting tomorrow, Friday the 10th, at 2:00p.m. in Conference Room A, first floor of the Courthouse.  The ordinance amendments will be on the agenda.

If you can, please be at the meeting at 2:00 Friday in Conference room A.  If not, take a minute to send a message to info@humboldthumanrights.org.

Yesterday the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors staff confirmed that the ordinance amendments are scheduled for Tuesday’s agenda.

We need to thank supervisors Lovelace, Sundberg, and Bass for taking the first step of repealing the curfew and once again tell the Board that Humboldt can do better than the “urgency” ordinance.  Let’s remind the Board that the front of the Courthouse has been used for years.  There have been assemblies that filled the entire space with people with every type of accessory.  There have been lone individuals with a sign and/or candle.

We can honor all forms of past expression and assembly if the Board will take the next step and repeal all needless restrictions.  We want to allow groups such as Women in Black, Vets for Peace, the Tea Party, and individuals to again hang or stake signs and banners, protect themselves from the elements, and set up all types of display of information in order to express themselves. We want  assemblies large and small to gather freely as has been done for years.  Petty rules about placing personal property, spacing of two parts of a display, serving food, or rules written so broadly that First Amendment conduct can be impacted will be used only when there is an individual or group with an unfavorable message or simply disliked by the powers that be.  It was for that situation that the First Amendment was written.

In short big questions remain:  What significant governmental interest requires the restrictions? What justifies applying these restrictions to an area that has long been used for First Amendment related expression and peaceful assembly?  Is there language in the ordinance so all encompassing that it can be used to harass free expression of ideas and peaceful assembles?

Please help save time, money and our First Amendment rights in front of the Courthouse; ask the Board of Supervisors to repeal the “urgency” ordinance in full. This simple gesture of trust and hope would set the stage for an open, positive process.  If that is too much to ask, then they can at least direct that all language that impacts First Amendment Rights be removed.

Rex Bohn <rbohn@co.humboldt.ca.us> 476-2391
Cliff Clendenen <cclendenen@co.humboldt.ca.us> 476-2392
Mark Lovelace <mlovelace@co.humboldt.ca.us> 476-2393
Virginia Bass <vbass@co.humboldt.ca.us> 476-2394
Ryan Sundberg <rsundberg@co.humboldt.ca.us> 476-2395

Thank you for your support.


  1. suzy blah blah
    August 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    -i want to commend all of Janelle’s hard work but she can’t do it all alone. I’m gonna try as hard as i cam to make the effort to make it all the way up to Eureka, even though it’s a long drive from the woods in soHum we need to make our presents known, it’s worth it for the cause. It’s getting late in the game and i feel stronger than ever now in these threatening days that we need to join forces of south and north and come together responsibly as one. Anyone who can’t feel that calling for community awareness is’nt paying attention very closely because we definitely need to come together as one community more than ever at this stage of the threat against freedom. Your heard me right, the BOS needs to take and repeal the restrictions, and we need to show them the strength in community togetherness. Every voice will add to the effort because, you see, it’s more than just about the individual effort of good folks like Janelle etc. This needs to be recognized as a community concern and i am making a strong call to all to come together as community … we are all one, and drive the evil faction out of the way, we don’t need them blocking the path to free speech and liberty. I’ve had enough of they’re crap. Big ups to Mark, Virginia, and Ryan. And to the 99%. Power to the people. One Love. Onward!

  2. Ponder z
    August 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Id like to be there, for the county, not the asshole protester 99%ers. But I have a job, being part of the 98% who dont protest. The other 1%, not the ruling class, but the shit stirrers, who protest in my unauthorised name, thinking they are in the 60s still. You have no right to call yourselves what you are NOT.

  3. August 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Hello everyone,

    Due to an oversight in the posting that I was just informed of, we will not be able to hold the special meeting of the Human Rights Commission this Friday. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Tomorrow, I will look into scheduling a meeting for Monday. If I can obtain a quorum of the Commission available when a room is also available, I will inform you by tomorrow evening. If not, I will direct the Commissioners to attend the Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting and express their recommendations as private citizens.

    Dave Heise

  4. August 9, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Ponder z :
    Id like to be there, for the county, not the asshole protester 99%ers. But I have a job, being part of the 98% who dont protest. The other 1%, not the ruling class, but the shit stirrers, who protest in my unauthorised name, thinking they are in the 60s still. You have no right to call yourselves what you are NOT.

    Take a look at who has protested in front of the Courthouse, and then ponder the value of your statements.


  5. Ponder z
    August 10, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I have protested in front of the courthouse as a Tea Party Member. Now, that right has been deferred because of the actions of the 99% protesters. Harassing workers and users of the courthouse. Camping, defecating, littering, and damaging the grounds of the courthouse. Thanks a lot assclowns. A good thing comes to an end when the system is abused. My protesting caused no damage to the property. But my protest scared the hell out the the libtards in office and in public.

  6. Just Middle Finance
    August 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Clearly, the Tea Party protesters are neat, well dressed, and they either have jobs or are the bosses. I feel like eating a hot dog and a slice of apple pie when they are protesting in front of the Courthouse. When the poor or angry are there to protest, I feel uncomfortable. Shouldn’t I be free to be comfortable?

  7. August 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Ponder, Your rights have been restricted because an ordinance was passed. It was passed partly because of people like you who harassed the Board of Supervisors to the point they didn’t care how, they just wanted things back to “normal.” I was still there because earlier their staff asked EPD to enforce camping laws and they decided to impose some other rules. Those rules were scattered in the “health and safety” ordinance so now the police can legally enforce their rules..

    I take issue with your foul language description of the amazingly diverse group of people I shared the traditional public forum with. One day I wasn’t there, my son reported there looked like a group of Tea Party folks when he drove by, there was a sea of flags. Too bad we didn’t get a chance to meet.

    I was not protesting against the government, I was demonstrating my rights to them in the hopes they would do the right thing and start communicating, or direct staff to.

    And, for the record, I did not file a law suit to scare anyone or make them pay, I filed a lawsuit because there were Constitutional issues with this ordinance.

  8. August 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Just Middle Finance :
    Clearly, the Tea Party protesters are neat, well dressed, and they either have jobs or are the bosses. I feel like eating a hot dog and a slice of apple pie when they are protesting in front of the Courthouse. When the poor or angry are there to protest, I feel uncomfortable. Shouldn’t I be free to be comfortable?

    I think Ponder would agree with that…
    You are free to be comfortable if you have your own house fully paid for and means to pay the taxes and to buy or produce everything you need.

  9. Jack Sherman
    August 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

    It’s the 1% of Humboldt County’s No-Growthers that have been abusing the system forever! The bay is one-big brownfield inhibiting development, the public’s decayed infrastructure was over-harvested to build remote McMansions few can afford, creating a county of renters with little disposable income….herded into Walmart, pawnshops and the new check-cashing industry. Empty lots and buildings can be profitable tax write-offs…many in this town are still in Grandpa’s name generating little property tax. If you cared about a REAL MESS, you’d be outraged at Eureka’s Downtowner Motel blighted by a good old boy for 15 years and counting.

    Like the rest of America, the swelling ranks of the poor and destitute only need a good paying job while the greed of our 1% make that proposition unprofitable and unlikely.

  10. What Now
    August 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Mr. Sherman, your post is spot on!

  11. What Now
    August 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm
  12. August 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    What so urgent in the first place? Anyone know?

  13. Walt
    August 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    “Hey PonderZ, why don;t you guys pay your bills?”
    Only the little people pay bills.

  14. Ponder z
    August 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    The fake 99% are protesting for more government handout. More wealth distribution. It is the liberal government that has allowed wall street to be greedy. See Solyndra. Union workers are over paid and their benefits are bankrupting the country. Wisconsin got it right. Suing the county is a joke. The ordinance is there to keep a clean house. We dont want a bunch of assclowns stinking up the courthouse. My bill are paid by my tenants. I keep the profits too.

  15. Amy Breighton
    August 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    The nation’s biggest welfare cheats, by far, are the corporations who’ve won legislation to export jobs to foreign children, circumvent labor and environmental regulations, and hide $27 trillion in offshore accounts.

    61% of taxable U.S. corporations pay nothing in taxes despite the public costs of 800 foreign military installations protecting their trade, U.S. courts enforcing their contracts, a decayed U.S. infrastructure to distribute their products, and the public airwaves to censor the truth.

  16. Ponder z
    August 11, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Amy, I agree with you, the actions of these corporations is discusting. BUT, they are this way because of the legal and economic environment. To survive corporations must cut cost. Avoid rudiculous labor “union” laws, EPA regulation, and high taxes. All these costs would be passed on to the consumer anyway. You have to understand that, unless you are some kind of insane commy utopian. If the corporatotions realy did ouwn the congress these law and regulations would not even exist. Less taxation, less government entitlement, more free market.

    Anyone who works for a government paycheck is being paid by a tax dollar. Anyone who gets an entitlement is getting a tax dollar. Tax dollars come for Tax payers. If you are not paying taxes, you are not supporting this country. You are getting someone else money. This is the cycle that must be broken. A government job should be the bottom of the barrel. The last resort. Shame. Disgrace.

  17. August 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Blame the Union workers, blame the unemployed, blame the government and government workers, blame EPA, blame all of government, let’s blame anything that gets in the way of corporate profits. The poor corporations are just trying to survive, anyone else is what, just “a bunch of assclowns”?

    And you have yours, so all is fine. One of those “ass clowns” at the courthouse had worked hard, bought some property. Multiple sclerosis and housing bust hit at the same time. His ability to work ended and he will probable loose all his property. But he wasn’t willing to kick out one of his tenants when he needed to move, What good would it do? He needed them to help pay the mortgage. He was living with relatives. Why did he come to the courthouse? Because he wanted money out of politics.

    The capitalist system is a competitive system. To have winners there must be losers. As the number of losers increases and the number of winners gets smaller and smaller you have a concentration of wealth and power that spills over from the economy to our government. Now you would blame those who are simply working for the government, for us?

    Shame. Disgrace.

  18. Ponder z
    August 12, 2012 at 8:58 am

    JE, you have been duped by the communist party, and the socialist obama policies. The capitalist system needs no losers to succeed. You put in a day of work and get paid. You buy food, gas, housing. You pay some taxes to keep roads, schools, police and fire operation. You have savings? Oops no savings left, the socialists have collected more tax that you have income. Now you support retirement plans and huge wages for government workers. Either way if a you pay now or through high retail cost form expenses passed down form corporations, You pay more.

    Yes we need to have some government regulation to keep the greedy in check on wall st. But who is watching the socialist bureaucracy in government?

    So you may want to consider the Tea Party platform, instead of a bunch of assclowns stinking up the courthouse. Take a serous look at the 99% crowd and ask yourself if you would take some of them home to meet your mother. If so, after six months on your mothers couch, see if your mother is having to buy the weed too.

  19. August 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

    If you knew me, you would know how hurtful some of your comments are, but I fear you don’t give a damn, in fact you may take some perverse pleasure in that.

    But to your question, who is watching the government? That is our job, However the greedy in wall st. are in the process of buying it. Then they won’t need us and we will be out of a job. The job of ‘participating’ in government, also known as lobbyists, has been a job creator. The people in those jobs work hard and we pay them, too.

    The capitalist system relies on risk takers, people willing to do something new, try something different. Do you know how many fail in the process? The socialist system also relies on risk takers, people to do something new, try something different. It just recognizes the fact that some will fail, but that doesn’t make them bad people.

    If I was the type to make snap judgements, based on what you say, I would not consider the Tea Party platform. But I try not to make snap judgements. I think, in fact from conversations I’ve had in front of the courthouse, I am very certain that on the issue of restricting free speech and assembly there are at least some in the Tea Party that agree that whatever economic system we have, we want our government to not restricts our rights to speak freely and peacefully assemble.

  20. August 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

    A meeting of the Human Rights Commission has been scheduled for Monday, Aug 13, 4-5pm Conference Rm A.

    The Chair went above and beyond to ensure they met before the Board takes up modifications on Monday morning.

    If you cannot make it, please send them an email care of daveheise@aol.com.

    Thank the Commission for their past position opposing restrictions on First Amendment rights. Ask them to continue advocating for education, communication and accommodation to protect our rights from needless restrictions.

  21. Amy Breighton
    August 12, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for the link Janelle! See you there.

    Maybe “Ponder Z” is right…his socialist public education has left him illiterate and painful to “debate”….”assclown” would make a good name for his posts.

  22. August 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Great! See you there, Amy.

    Ignore the bad info about the Board, they will consider on TUESDAY morning.

  23. What Now
    August 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Tea Parties are for little children and people who chase white rabbits down holes.

  24. Just Middle Finance
    August 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    JE. We don’t care about human rights, the Bill of of Rights, minimum wage,, or any of that drivel. We care about profit, pure and simple. Whatever is profitable, Hi Fi and I buy stock and watch our profits go Zow! All the way up and all the way down, we profit!

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