Deb Coffey writes about the “Bored Meetings”

September 6, 2011 by ppjg

Debbie Coffey    Copyright 2011   All Rights Reserved.

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America’s Wild Horse Advocates (AWHA) Banner (created for Phoenix 3-2011 Advisory Board Meeting) Artist, Melissa Ohlsson, Vice President of AWHA.

After reading the Federal Register notice (Sept. 6, 2011) announcing the next Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Arlington, VA, Oct. 13-14, 2011, it seems that the “Public Comment Procedures” as written here may be in violation of your First Amendment right to free speech.

The notice states that “Speakers must submit a written copy of their statement to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section above, or bring a written copy to the meeting.”

Why “must” you do this?  It’s a public meeting and you don’t have to submit anything to have the right to speak at a public meeting.  You can just tell them your name and tell them you want to speak.  Period.  The meeting will probably be recorded and the BLM could use the recording for transcription purposes, and any requested written comments should be voluntary.  That is not what is stated in the Federal Register.  Also, requiring that speakers submit a written copy of their statements could discourage some people (who don’t like to write) from speaking.

You also don’t have to “address the specific wild horse and burro related topics on the agenda.”  This is a violation of your First Amendment right to free speech.  You can talk about anything you want to talk about.  If you want to get up and read “Little Bo Peep” for 3 minutes (or whatever time limit they set), you have the First Amendment right to do that.  If the BLM only wants you to talk about topics on the agenda, and then controls the agenda, they could then possibly control the content of public comments, which might then be against your right to free speech.

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8 thoughts on “Deb Coffey writes about the “Bored Meetings”

  1. Mar Wargo says:

    Righteous work Deb!

  2. Mar Wargo says:

    If this is another 2 day meeting is there a Workshop on one day as there was last summer in Denver? Seems there may be… I hope Wild Horse supporters will go and do as good a job making a standing as the Denver attendees did!

    • Mar Wargo says:

      Laura, Can you post a link to the last show you did on The Truth Squad??

      Or even the last two to encourage people to Listen and catch up!! Thanks, mar

  3. Marge Mullen says:

    Love the banner!!

    Thank you also for the heads up!!

  4. Pam says:

    Absolutley love this……simple and effective……

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  6. Louie Cocroft says:

    Here’s an idea:

    Wild Horse Annie (Velma Johnson) and Pearl Twyne, who had retired from a position with the Department of Agriculture, were the only two women on the
    Pryor Mountain Advisory Committee Board. They had attended a garden party that was given the evening before one of the meetings. At the party one of the men, who was also on the Board, showed up with some plastic bags which displayed the Department of Interior insignia and the motto “You mustn’t be a litterbug”. He passed them around and joked that his new townhouse needed landscaping and would appreciate everyone bringing a bag of manure to the next meeting. Velma and Pearl took him at his word. They filled two bags with manure and took them into the meeting.

  7. winddrinkers says:

    Ludicrous Deb, they are just getting way too bold.

    Stellar work once again. Telling it like it is, or as it should be anyway.

    Miss you Debbie. You rock, Keep it going ; )

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