My friend, @statesidemenace, is currently out at Occupy Nashville (It’s 9:37 EST on Thursday, 10/27/11).
Occupy Nashville was given a 24-hr warning last night of a forced eviction tonight. My friend, in anticipation of this eviction (and his own possible presence there when it would happen), wrote the Governor of Tennessee to express his concerns.
This is the email he received in response:
October 27, 2011
Thank you for writing to Governor Haslam and sharing your concerns regarding the Occupy Nashville protests. Listening to and learning from Tennesseans is very important to us, and we appreciate hearing from you.
We all have a right to peaceably assemble, and those assemblies should be safe, sanitary, and non-destructive.
Criminal activity and deteriorating sanitary conditions over the past several days on Legislative Plaza created an environment that is unsafe for the protestors, state employees, and everyone who lives, works and enjoys downtown Nashville. Therefore, permits will be granted to protestors on a daily basis from 9:00am until 4:00pm.
While this administration wholeheartedly supports freedom of speech, assembly and petition, it is our responsibility to keep people safe on state property. Abiding by these hours allows for a safe event, while ensuring the people’s right to peaceably assemble.
Again, thank you for writing. We look forward to working with you and all Tennesseans to make our great state an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
The Governor’s Office of Constituent Services
According to Occupy Nashville’s twitter feed, eviction will begin at 12:01am, only a few hours from now.