Occupy Nashville Open Letter to Governor Haslam
Dear Governor Haslam,
Can we start anew? Please allow us to introduce ourselves properly: We are Occupy Nashville, a citizen-led movement defending democracy from corporate money and corruption.
We are here on Legislative Plaza because we are deeply concerned by undue corporate influence in government. The longer we stay here, the more people understand why we are here, and join our numbers. Our continuing presence communicates the depth of our feeling and our commitment to positive change louder than words.
Lately, our First Amendment rights were upheld, first by Judge Thomas Nelson at the Night Court and then by Judge Aleta Trauger at the Federal Court. We are deeply gratified by the support that we have from the people of the city of Nashville, the state of Tennessee, and elsewhere, as expressed on your Facebook page, our Facebook page, the online comments and polls of the Tennessean newspaper and dozens of blogs and editorial columns. It seems that democracy is alive and well in the state of Tennessee. We are happy that Legislative Plaza is available once more, not only to us, but to anyone who wishes to exercise their rights under the First Amendment.
We are also extremely proud, that during over 50 arrests having no probable cause, that there was not one act of violence or hostility on the part of any of our members. We also appreciate the essential humanity of the Tennessee police services and are grateful that in Nashville we have not seen the deplorable injuries that have taken place in other cities.
We have a new, better assembly layout on the plaza and an improved management plan. We had off-site sanitation arrangements before, but now we’d like to have controlled facilities on site. We are looking forward to welcoming the people of Tennessee and beyond to our assembly. We have a lot to share with them. We have just updated our website, occupynashville.org, to explain more about who we are and why we’re here.
Governor Haslam, we plan on being here for a while, and we would like to be good neighbors. The plaza is a safe, clean and welcoming place as long as we work together to keep it that way. We would like to collaborate with your team to achieve the best possible outcomes. We’re not interested in name-calling or slander. It does nobody any good and all it does is diminish the fine reputation of Nashville. We love Nashville and we believe you do too.
We look forward to hearing from you soon, Governor.