A Little Town In Arkansas Threatens To Ban Free Speech In The Home

Gould, Arkansas, population 850, has outlawed congregating or even talking about the City in a group setting. The City Council wrote an ordinance on Monday night disbanding a citizen group and banning future groups from forming pending approval from the City Council. The ordinance extends to any situation where the city government may be discussed, not only in public groups, but even from a resident's kitchen table. Mayor of Gould, Earnest Nash, would rather go to jail than to see this ordinance become law.  Though he vetoed the bill, it can be re-introduced into a City Council meeting next month and could become law without his approval.  "They can take me to court,” said Nash. “This is America and even though this is Gould, Arkansas, this is still part of America. And in America, you can’t just vote and violate peoples' constitutional rights.”

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AlterNet / By Rae Gomes

Posted at July 21, 2011, 6:51am

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