Last Friday, we participated in a nationwide effort to raise awareness through bannering over roads. We held banners over Rt 1 in Saugus, over 128 at Endicott St, by the Salem Train Station, at the Nahant Rotary and the Gloucester Rotary. All were encouraged by the amount of enthusiastic and positive response we received.
After an hour and one half in Saugus a police officer appeared and demanded that the group take down their banner and leave immediately or be arrested. He said that if anyone chose that option they would spend the weekend in jail because they would not be arraigned until Monday. Our group chose to leave but will be back in the future, after the ACLU has spoken with the local police to affirm our rights to free speech or is it only corporations that have those these days?
Ironically, on May 6 of this year Saugus Town Meeting article 25 passed 30-7, calling for an amendment declaring that corporations are not people, and that Congress, state and local governments can set limits on campaign contributions and spending from any source.
Here are some pictures: