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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sen. Balfour, you're about to have company

Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville)
Later this morning, local labor unions, occupiers, and a variety of other activists will gather to celebrate the death of SB 469. A widely maligned piece of legislation, the bill would have made turned certain protesting activities into felonies, tacked on hefty fines for protesting, and made it illegal to hold mass protests at private residences. Groups on opposite ends of the political spectrum — namely, the local Tea Party and Occupy Atlanta — momentarily put aside their differences and came together to oppose the bill.

What better place to celebrate the defeat of a bill that would have made protests at private residences illegal than at the private residence of the bill's sponsor?

At 11 a.m., Atlanta Jobs with Justice — in conjunction with Occupy Atlanta, local labor unions, immigrant rights groups — will hold a celebratory press conference in front of State Senator Don Balfour's $29,000 a year condo at the Spire Condominiums on Peachtree Street in Midtown.

A press release says ...

[The victory over SB 469] marks beginning of a 99% spring offensive. Everyday Georgians will gather in-front of Balfour's Atlanta condo to announce our historic victory and plans to go on the offensive to take our state back from corporate giants and the politicians they own like Senator Balfour. As part of the 99% Spring over 100,000 community members in our state and country will be trained in collective non-violent action and people's economics to take our economy and government back from the 1%.

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