Recently, an American liberties organization filed suit against California gov. Gavin Newsom, accusing him of “depriving” citizens from their constitutional right to free speech. He gave a speech about a lot of people going to the select open beaches. “People are prone to want to go to the beaches, parks, playgrounds, and go on a hike. If it is open, just abide by social distancing.” But the next day after his speech 40,000 people showed up to catch some rays by the seashore. Same for the next day after that. In the aftermath, his press briefing served up a mutated message: “This virus doesn’t take the weekends off, this virus doesn’t go home because it’s a beautiful, sunny day along our coast…We can’t see the images like we saw, particularly on Saturday in Newport Beach and elsewhere.”
This guy isn’t afraid to shut things down, especially protests against him for shutting things down. He put an end on demonstrations altogether. That is when California residents Ron Givens and Christina Bish started suing Newsom, Cali AG Xavier Becerra, and two other state officials. The suit claims that they are being stripped of their 1st and 14th amendment rights. The press release explains that by Newsom ordering California Highway Patrol to deny protest/rally permits at the State Capitol is to deny all California residents the right to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech, free assembly, and petition.
These things are aoo correct. Gov. Gavin Newsom is forcibly silencing the state and it is as Anti-American and Left as it gets. He’s a terrible Governor. He’s not listening to those questioning his decisions; rather, he’s forcing them to shut up. People are questioning the duration and extent of the stay at home orders, and he has addressed this widespread concern by simply shutting down protest at the Capitol altogether. The government is violating fundamental equal protection and process rights. When is enough enough?
In terms of the beaches, officers are patrolling the shoreline and making sure senior citizens don’t use their chairs. In Riverside County, you’re welcome to swim in a public pool as long as it’s one person at a time. Then there’s also the taxpayers money going towards paying senior citizens to order from restaurants to help out with the pandemic and unemployment. If you live in the Golden State, this is coming out of your pocket. Big thanks to Newsom.
“In times of crisis, governments often seek to curtail fundamental constitutional rights such as the right to assemble and petition the government. It is precisely at these times that those rights become the most important,” said D. Gill Sperlein, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs.
This lawsuit will be protecting the clients and other citizens to be permitted to protest safely and peacefully again, as it is their right under both the California and U.S Constitution.