Temple Porter: Peaceful assemblies shouldn’t be penalized

October 8, 2013 

Peaceful assemblies

Marc Landry’s Oct. 2 rant “Protesters should pay the price” omits one salient point (also ignored by Gov. Pat McCrory and his apologists): Amendment I to the U.S. Constitution reads, in part: “Congress shall make no law respecting … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Moral Monday protesters are a peaceable assembly with a clear list of grievances. So why doesn’t North Carolina respect the Constitution?

Temple Porter, Raleigh

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