While we’ve frequently seen lawsuits demanding that people remove online content, and people thrown in jail for posting online content – we’ve yet to see anyone FORCED to post anything, let alone an event cancellation.
More interestingly, this is a proposed restraining order (not yet approved by a judge, according to the BLM MN Facebook page) which demands that eight BLM activists make posts on social media announcing the cancellation of their planned protest at the MOA on December 23rd.
Check out Black Lives Matter Minneapolis’ Press Release:
Unconstitutional suit attempts to coerce activists to tweet, post to Facebook, and text supporters that peaceful gathering is cancelled or face jail time
In an unprecedented attempt at halting a peaceful gathering, the Mall of America has sued 8 activists to compel them to “immediately” post messages on social media and send out a mass text message announcing that the December 23rd event is cancelled.
If the motion is approved by a judge, activists could face jail time for refusing to make social media posts or send texts in accordance with the demands of a private corporation.
The lawsuit, which targets 4 activists and 4 “John Does”, seeks a temporary restraining order and injunctive relief forcing defendants to delete any social media posts encouraging demonstration at the Mall of America on December 23rd. It prohibits defendants from demonstrating or encouraging others to demonstrate at the Mall of America.
On Friday letters were sent by courier to the homes of four alleged leaders, threatening arrests if the event continues on as planned. For the second year in a row, the Mall of America’s management has gone to extreme lengths to locate, contact, and intimidate the organizers of this event.
The Mall America continues to seek to bar free speech for the community on its premises despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies which it has used to appropriate the traditional public forum in service of its own corporate profit. The Mall of America has now taken the further outrageous and totalitarian step of attempting to control the speech of individuals.
One year ago, 3,000 peaceful community members converged on the Mall of America and were met by police in riot gear who closed down the Mall for several hours. 11 organizers were charged with conspiracy charges and $40,000 in restitution for police overtime and lost profits, but all charges were ultimately dismissed earlier this year after a judge said they didn’t “pass constitutional muster”.
This year’s protest comes weeks after police bulldozed the 18 day occupation of the 4th precinct where community members were demanding justice for Jamar Clark, who was killed by Minneapolis Police after being shot in the head execution style while handcuffed according to witnesses.
Organizers have no plans to halt the demonstration unless authorities release the tapes related to Jamar Clark’s case, prosecute police without a grand jury by special prosecutor, and bring federal terrorism charges against white supremacists who shot five protesters during the occupation.
Here is the proposed suit, posted by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis on their Facebook page:
Black Lives Matter Minneapolis is refusing to give into these intimidation tactics, and will continue with their demonstration unless the authorities #ReleaseTheTapes related to the shooting of Jamar Clark.