While watching both the democrat and republican parties’ conventions during the last election, I realized that we have a problem that I can’t figure out how to address. Each convention had protesters and most were peaceful but there was a small contingent of non peaceful protester and the police couldn’t tell one from the other. The police decided to tear gas and mass arrest people. Also the conventions got the city to make a rule so that the only place you could protest was in an empty stadium parking lot where no one was at. Slowly we are losing our right to peaceful assembly when it comes to standing up against the two large political parties. I feel that our right to peaceful assembly and protest is fundamental and I need ideas for :
- What to do about the non peaceful protesters and the police’s inability to tell the difference. Some kind of friend or foe system maybe
- What to do about political parties trying to take away the right to assemble
Any ideas would help. These are not easy problems but we can’t keep following the current path or the political parties will be beholden to no one but the lobbyists who get all too much face time during the conventions.