Well, hell has frozen over in Georgia.
Tea Party activists, Unions and Occupy Atlanta are in agreement to oppose Georgia Senate Bill 469 proposing to make protesting on private property an aggravated misdemeanor, carrying steep fines and prison time.
This law would criminalize and impose $1,000 fines on people who picket outside the homes of CEO’s or outside some businesses, a common practice used by Occupy groups, environmental protestors and labor unions.
Some people in the Occupy Atlanta group feel this bill targets participants camping out at the ATT Headquarters in Midtown Atlanta. Unions believe they are the targets of this protest bill, as well. The bill also contains a mandate requiring union members to put into writing every year that they want to pay union dues or organizational fees through paycheck deductions. A change in the bill has exempted teachers and firefighters should the bill become law.
Julianne Thompson, Georgia director of the Tea Party Patriots believes that this bill is a direct shot at First Amendments Rights and could be interpreted too broadly.
The four State Senators that sponsored the bill are members of ALEC. (American Legislative Exchange Council.)
Keep your eye on the State legislators. It’s where the action is!