Free Speech?

June 26, 2012 in News by CourtneyHorne

If you want to speak in a park, on a sidewalk, or some other public space, you are free to do so as long as you are not threatening others, endangering people with your speech, or breaking obscenity laws. Freedom of speech seems to be pretty clear.

Or at least that is the belief that most Americans have. Evidently that isn’t the belief of the Capitol police who have had someone arrested months later for “disturbing the peace” by speaking on the capitol steps. They also claim he resisted arrest though in the video of the incident it seems that they did not make it clear whether they wanted to arrest him or just chase him away. Perhaps speaking about the problems in our democracy seems obscene to the Capitol police and therefore inappropriate for public spaces.

Requiring a permit to speak in a public place is an effort to set a barrier to entry to public speech. Getting a permit requires an application process which the state does not make easy for non traditional organizations. Filling out their form in a way that can be saved requires costly software. If you fill it out without the software you have to print it directly from the computer it was filled out on. If you don’t have a printer? Good luck. Oh and you can’t mail them the form, email or fax only. Email requires the form be filled out with the costly software so faxing becomes the only option. Don’t have a fax machine? Guess you need to go to an office store. It may not seem like a lot to a typical political organization but having a form that isn’t easy for an organization without its own office discourages non traditional groups from even applying for permits.

Want to read more about the arrest of an individual who simply wanted to be able to share his beliefs on steps that all our tax dollars paid for?   has the video of the “peace disturbance” and more info from our brothers and sisters in occupy the stage, nola.



by Chemel

Site Update

January 28, 2012 in News by Chemel


Hello BR Occupiers!

Three new additions have been added to the site. A recommended reading page, a page with links to news sites that report on issues that get little or no coverage on corporate news channels, and a Voter Registration page.

Coming Soon:

Blogs from BR Occupiers

OBR audio news Clips

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News Coverage of MLK day in Baton Rouge

January 17, 2012 in News by CourtneyHorne

Here is some coverage of Martin Luther King Jr Day in Baton Rouge, including the events attended by Occupy Baton Rouge.


The Advocate coverage of the march and service in the morning

Channel 9 Coverage of both marches

WBRZ coverage of Southern march

WBRZ coverage of volunteer event

NBC 33 Coverage of the march and service in the morning 

NBC 33 Coverage of the march at Southern

Occupy movement draws differing opinions at LSU

November 8, 2011 in News by OccupyBR

Geaux Tigers!
LSU (1) Beats Bama (2)
The Tiger’s big game of the season is out of the way. Will Occupy Baton Rouge be able to make some headway with the students at LSU?

As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues, similar Louisiana rallies have drawn attention to the movement for many at the University, but some remain in the dark.

Nearly four out of 10 Americans now support the Occupy movement, according to the Pew Research Center. More than 1,000 American adults were surveyed, and 35 percent said they do not support Occupy action.

Young Americans have played a significant role in the national movement because many of the issues addressed by protesters concern higher education.

The American Association of University Professors joined last month when the national organization endorsed the movement. A statement on the AAUP website cited state cuts to higher education and increased tuition for students as reasons for supporting Occupy protesters.

Ravi Rau, physics and astronomy professor and president of the LSU AAUP chapter, said the endorsement makes sense because the AAUP believes in the same principles of higher education as Occupy protesters.

Rau called the endorsement a “general backing” of the issues being raised.

He said many of the issues, like increasingly high student debt and less state government support, are relevant to college students and should be important to them, especially at the University.

The Louisiana Legislature has made many cuts, and raising tuition should be a concern for University students, he said.

Rau said he personally supports the movement and attended the first Occupy Baton Rouge rally at the State Capitol Building on Oct. 22.

But students have mixed opinions on the movement.

Many actions Occupy protesters have taken have been chastised by much of the general public, said AndrewWegmann, history graduate student. He said he disagrees with the movement.

Emma Allain, mechanical engineering senior, said she agrees with the Occupy belief that large corporations have too much power but thinks they are a “necessary evil.”

“Without corporate America, America wouldn’t be America,” Allain said.

She said there are definite flaws in the government and financial systems, but Occupy protesters are getting in the way more than they are being helpful.

Electrical engineering junior Rachel Champagne said protesters’ frustrations are misguided.

Champagne said the movement should target politicians rather than corporations because politicians have the power to raise taxes and cut funding.

Many students said they did not know much about the movement, with some mentioning they heard or read about Occupy rallies but were not interested in learning more about them.
Source:  LSU Daily Reveille
By: Brian Sibiller

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Welcome to

October 22, 2011 in News by OccupyBR

At noon on October 22nd, Occupy Baton Rouge held our first general assembly at State Capitol Park. Everyone was invited to attend and share their opinions, and every voice was heard.

Occupy Baton Rouge is a leaderless, non-violent resistance movement united under a general discontent with our elected officials. We see that money, not voting, shapes public policy, that the extremely rich are bailed out while the lower and middle classes are forced to bear the brunt of a failing economy, and that the needs of society are placed behind the profits of corporations.

We are the 99%. We will make a positive difference!