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University of Florida, Gainesville brace for Richard Spencer speech

Posted: October 13th, 2017, 7:06 am
by scrutney
florida politics:
Fall is usually a busy time of year in college towns, but during the ongoing fall semester at the University of Florida, the City of Gainesville — the seat of otherwise-rural Alachua County — has been shaken.

First, it was stormy weather from Hurricane Irma, which interrupted electrical service for several days in September, followed this month by the sudden death of the city’s beloved native son, rock star Tom Petty.

Now, the community is bracing for the planned arrival next week of “alt-right” champion Richard Spencer.

“This is our moment to rise up and show the rest of the world who we are as a community,” Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, brows furrowed, said in a 3-minute-long video titled, “Responding to Hatred in a Welcoming City,” posted Wednesday on Facebook.

“Free speech stops when it becomes dangerous conduct,” Poe said in the video. “We have an obligation to protect our residents’ health and safety and to protect property.”

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http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246 ... cer-speech

Re: University of Florida, Gainesville brace for Richard Spencer speech

Posted: October 14th, 2017, 3:52 pm
by mike
scrutney wrote:
October 13th, 2017, 7:06 am
florida politics:
“Free speech stops when it becomes dangerous conduct,” Poe said in the video. “We have an obligation to protect our residents’ health and safety and to protect property.”

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http://floridapolitics.com/archives/246 ... cer-speech
I agree. You can speak your piece without doing it in a way that puts you and your neighbors at risk.

There is a difference between distributing pamphlets in front of a theatre that cautions patrons about fire hazards and running up and down the aisles screaming "FIRE",

Re: University of Florida, Gainesville brace for Richard Spencer speech

Posted: October 14th, 2017, 4:58 pm
by scrutney
well put, mike.
well put.

Re: University of Florida, Gainesville brace for Richard Spencer speech

Posted: October 16th, 2017, 10:50 pm
by scrutney
usa today:

Amid fears of violence, Florida governor declares emergency ahead of Spencer speech
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state gather at the University of Florida in advance of a Thursday event by white nationalist Richard B. Spencer.

Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell had asked Scott to declare the emergency as the university prepares for Spencer's visit. The governor's executive order places the state agency usually responsible for hurricanes at the front of the effort to preserve order during the event. It also places the Florida National Guard on standby.

Anti-fascist groups, known as Antifa, plan to protest the white nationalist event. Both sides have talked on social media about using violence.
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 769031001/

Re: University of Florida, Gainesville brace for Richard Spencer speech

Posted: October 22nd, 2017, 2:38 am
by RichWhitey
Everybody's paranoid today !