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E-M:/ the demonstration against Governor Granholm

Enviro-Mich message from "Dave Dempsey" <davedem@hotmail.com>

Two postings earlier today about a demonstration at the former residence of 
Governor Granholm implied that the right of citizens to protest peaceably 
against government policies was denied. If true, that would be upsetting. I 
decided to check into the story and find out what state officials had to 
say.  Their answers to my questions follow below.

Keep up the peaceful protests. I hope concerned citizens will direct their 
energies at least as vigorously toward the Michigan Legislature, which has 
been gutless so far this year in fulfilling its duties to enact strong water 
conservation standards legislation, not to mention water pollution permit 
fees. The Legislature is opening the door to the export of Great Lakes water 
by the truckload, if not the lakeload. This could damage Michigan's future 
irrevocably. Perhaps some members of that august legislative body would 
benefit from a citizen education project.

1. The governor does not live where the demonstration took place anymore.

2. The subdivision has private roads, not public. The subdivision 
neighborhood association made the call to the Northville Township police 
saying it did not want the protesters in their neighborhood. The state 
police merely monitored the situation at the request of Northville Township. 
There were 3 state police cars there -- not 8.

3. State police allowed one of the protesters of the group to drive through 
the subdivision to see that the house was unoccupied.

4. State and local police provided the alternative for the protesters, 
across the street on the sidewalk where they held their protest.

6. Northville Township has a local ordinance against passing out leaflets. 
The township police choose to enforce this ordinance when the protesters 
started passing out literature. (My note: this is an absurd infringement on 
free speech rights.)

7. The five new wells that were issued recently in conjunction with the 
Nestle/Perrier project were issued by the County Health Department for 
monitoring, in conjunction with the county's local sanitary code. There was 
no state role in those permits.

Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>

If true, this sounds like Granholm operating exactly like
George Bush did when he was governor when he used the
Texas Department of Public Safety to suppress demonstrations
in front of the Texas governor's mansion....an incident that
led to litigation......  and shows the Michigan State Police acting
like the Crawford Texas sheriff in suppressing public
demonstrations near Bush's Texas retreat.....incidents
that happened recently.

At 06:59 PM 6/29/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>Enviro-Mich message from Frank Ambrose <snakeman1549@yahoo.com>
>Press Release
>For Immediate Release
>Massasauga Earth First!
>June 29, 2003
>Granholm is Afraid of the Truth about Water
>Protection: Denies Citizens Access to Her Neighborhood
>to Talk to Her Neighbors About Her Policies Concerning
>Northville, MI-Sunday evening, Governor Granholm
>called out the state police to deny citizens access to
>her neighborhood to talk to her neighbors about ending
>water shut offs to Michigan residents and protecting
>the state's water from diversion. Eight state police
>cars were deployed to selectively deny protestors
>access to the neighborhood and to prevent people from
>talking to passer-bys. Close to 50 people showed up to
>talk about the need for water policy that protects the
>environment and respects basic human rights.
>The citizens regrouped on the sidewalk outside of the
>neighborhood in order to avoid arrest. As they
>attempted to talk to people walking or bicycling by,
>officers informed them that they would be arrested if
>they did not get a permit to "solicit."

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