May 31, 2017

Disorderly Conduct Citation Is Means of Harassment

Fascism at Wisconsin state capitol was struck down as
unConstitutional by state and federal judges in 2013-14

Republican campus speech regime echoes unlawful effort to stile speech at Wisconsin Capitol, 2011-14

Update: Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II and council member Dana Yellow Fat cleared by jury of disorderly conduct, (Indian Country Today).

Madison, Wisconsin — Republicans and only Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature are pushing a bill aimed at squelching progressive students' right to protest on the University of Wisconsin System campuses, (2017 Wisconsin Assembly Bill 299).

The text of AB 299 drips with rightest polemics alleging, in what amounts to trolling, that, "In recent years, institutions have abdicated their responsibility to uphold free speech principles and these failures make it appropriate for the system to restate and confirm its commitment in this regard," (36.02 Campus Free Speech Act. (1) Legislative findings, (c)).

The proposed remedy of the rightwing to non-existent problems of free speech on campus is to enable the increased use of Wisconsin's Disorderly Conduct statute for municipalities and institutions. Students holding to disfavored political views can be cited with disorderly conduct specifically under this proposed statute and ultimately be expelled under the Republican legislation. [Prior to the inception of AB 299, students can be cited for disorderly conduct under existing statute. In the University of Wisconsin-related bill, mere deliberation of the bill also is intended to degrade the national reputation of the UW, in concert with numerous other Republican initiatives.]

Wisconsin's Disorderly Conduct statute for municipalities and institutions is the go-to law for Republicans using the machinery of law to target, harass and heavily fine non-Republicans through civil citations.

For example, the Solidarity Singers at the Madison Capitol were heavily fined for disorderly conduct, along with 100s of Wisconsinites, as Republicans threatened to heavily fine anyone who looked, (seriously anyone who looked at singers or was deemed "spectating" in the words of a Republican Capitol cop) at the wrong crowd.

The Republican effort targeting non-Republicans at the Capitol was justified on similar grounds as the UW System-speech legislation: Preserving free speech, (WKOW-TV).

The Republican anti-free speech regime was held as unConstitutional under the First Amendment.

If one wishes to see the "free speech" regime Republicans are contemplating inserting on campus, look at the state capitol circa 2013-14, or at Fitchburg, Wisconsin today.

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