“We live in a time of unprecedented wealth disparity. All over the country, unemployment, foreclosures, homelessness, and a bevy of other social concerns have driven thousands into political engagement. We are seeing a totally new section of our population rising up against injustice in their communities and reclaiming power. Senate Bill 469 seeks to dismantle not just people power, but constitutional rights and human rights as well,” states a press release from groups opposing the bill, including Southern Center for Human Rights and the gay-friendly Oakhurst Baptist Church.

“Throughout history there have been visionaries who are called to confront, nonviolently, powerful institutions of violence, oppression, and injustice. Such actions may engage us in creative tumult and tension in the process of basic change. We seek opportunities to help reconcile conflict and to facilitate a peaceful and just resolution of conflict. This approach to social change must not be criminalized,” adds the press statement.

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