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Civil Disobedience Against Unconstitutional Lockdowns Spreading

Protests to Reopen
Totalitarian-minded governors, mayors and county officials have used the coronavirus panic to assume unconstitutional dictatorial powers not seen in America even during wartime; arresting American citizens for peaceably assembling, for conducting legal trades and occupations deemed “non-essential” by the government and for opening businesses to willing customers have now become grounds for arrest or arbitrary and capricious suspension of government bestowed privileges, such as liquor and business licenses.

Three cities in the state of Massachusetts will start handing down $300 fines to people who do not wear face masks or face coverings when they leave their homes.

Local officials in Cambridge, Somerville and Lawrence announced the new order this week requiring residents and visitors, except anyone under the age of two, to cover their faces in public as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Those caught violating the ordinance will be required to pay a fine of $300, Newsweek reported.

However, after Stillwater, Oklahoma, Mayor Will Joyce issued an order mandating that customers entering city businesses wear masks he was quickly forced to backtrack in the face of citizen protests.

“In the short time beginning on May 1, 2020, that face coverings have been required for entry into stores/restaurants, store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse," City Manager Norman McNickle said in a statement reported by Fox News. “In addition, there has been one threat of violence using a firearm."

Stillwater city officials have now amended the mask requirement to apply only to the employees of those establishments now permitted to be open under Oklahoma’s economic restart plan.

In California authorities arrested 32 protesters who defied Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order and instead rallied on the capitol steps to reopen the state. The California Highway Patrol said the event was unpermitted, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The agency banned large in-person gatherings at the capitol last week. There were more than 1,000 people at the “Re-Open California” rally calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to lift the state’s stay-at-home mandate, KCRA reported.

Three people protesting California’s stay-at-home order Saturday in an Encinitas protest were arrested on suspicion of violating San Diego County health orders, marking the latest in a series of rallies along the coast.

About 75 to 100 people gathered near the San Diego County beach to express their disaffection with ongoing stay-at-home orders that also limit access to public parks and beaches. Several participants were said to have ventured past police tape onto the sand. Three attendees refused to comply with multiple verbal warnings and were arrested.

However, in Michigan, citizens, some with weapons and tactical gear, protested Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s arbitrary and capricious stay-at-home orders. Taking their protest inside the Capitol, where being armed is allowed, they demanded access to the House floor, which is prohibited.

Michigan’s Republican-controlled Legislature has questioned Whitmer’s authority to extend stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic. But, according to reporting by KHIO TV, the governor used an executive order to extend a state of emergency declaration and has directed most businesses statewide to remain closed.

In Maine a restaurant owner who defied the state's stay-at-home order and opened to dine-in customers, has lost his health license and has been summoned by the state ABC’s WMTW TV reported.

The Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages found Rick Savage was not compliant with Democrat Governor Janet Mills' executive order when he reopened the Sunday River Brewing Company Friday afternoon.

The bureau confirmed to WMTW News 8 that the Department of Health and Human Services suspended the restaurant's health license and could take further action if Savage reopens on Saturday without a health license.

The suspension automatically suspends that restaurant's liquor license.

Mr. Savage told Tucker Carlson during the interview that his restaurant is large enough to maintain proper social distancing to keep customers safe, but the Governor’s indefinite closure of economic activity in the state does not contemplate reopening restaurants to dine-in service before June, if then.

Likewise, Jack Boger, the manager at Cafe El Dorado, in El Dorado County California says abiding by the governor's order means potentially losing his business.

"It's a matter of survival," Boger told ABC10. Cafe El Dorado has remained open for to-go orders only for more than six weeks, Boger said the restaurant has lost at least 85% of its revenue from closing the dining room.

"Landlord still wants his rent, the state still wants their money, power company wants their money," Boger explained. "Everyone still wants their money, but the income is just not there. So, we've got to generate the income."

California’s ABC 10 News reports Sean Covell, the owner of three Fitness System gyms in Sacramento, West Sacramento and Lodi, said he plans on opening his gyms at midnight on May 1, defying Sacramento, Yolo and San Joaquin County stay-home orders.

In a three-page letter posted on the gym's Land Park doors, website and Instagram account, Covell says that the coronavirus pandemic has led to people losing their constitutional rights. He added that he's prepared to file suit in federal court if their ability to work — and workout — continues to be restricted.

We commend Mr. Covell’s letter to you, especially this part:

No city, county, or state official has the power to cancel the Constitution and the Bill of Rights of the United States.

  1. A county health official has the power to quarantine a provably sick person.
  2. The State cannot quarantine healthy persons.
  3. It also cannot violate the Fifth Amendment to shutter a business without just compensation, nor deprive a person of life, liberty or property without due process of law.
  4. The burden of proof is always on the state.

We kindly and firmly suggest any State official, law enforcement, or other government agency take notice: It has already been settled by the Supreme Court in 2019 in the Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania that the State is in violation of the Fifth Amendment if it seizes or shutters a business for “public good’, without just compensation.

The Constitution does not have an “on and off” switch. We simply ask that you respect the law of the land. We have consulted attorneys and are ready and prepared to file suit in federal court should any agency attempt to violate our ability to conduct commerce, or restrict the ability of our members and employees to work and exercise unencumbered by draconian restrictions imposed by the State or county agencies.

Mr. Covell is right, the Constitution does not have an on and off switch bestowing the power to issue arbitrary and orders forbidding citizens to engage is lawful acts. We could hope that totalitarian-minded Governors like Whitmer, Mills and Newsom, and self-important city officials, such as those in Massachusetts could take a lesson from the experience of Mayor Will Joyce of Stillwater, Oklahoma and pull back their anti-constitutional orders. However, we doubt, without overwhelming citizen protests or a court decision directing them to follow the Constitution that’s going to happen, because totalitarian bullies never let a crisis go to waste.

For more information about how you can end these unscientific authoritarian lockdowns and get your state open visit openthestates.com.

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All those arrested should demand jury trials and the juries should find them to be not guilty. The judge can do nothing about it at that point. The case will be dismissed and everyone goes home.