The local town of Campbell in Wisconsin believes that the "Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment" movement is a safety hazard, as reported today by the Journal Times. The members of the movement feel that their First Amendment rights are being violated.
As evidenced in town meeting minutes, the local town board proposed "sign ordinances and bridge and overpass safety," that the Overpasses group said targeted them, specifically.
"It was really turning into this big event," said police chief Tim Kelemen.
The Examiner spoke with Rob Haines, Wisconsin state leader for the Overpasses group. He said that the town board imposed the ordinances under the guise of safety, but noted that the move suppresses the group's First Amendment rights.
In a video posted of the deliberations, town supervisor David LaFono cited safety for the ordinances.
"I'm all for the First Amendment, blah, blah, blah, but with our unique situation here....you are creating a distraction...."
In response to the town's decision, the Wisconsin chapter is calling on members of the Overpasses group in Wisconsin, along with any other concerned citizens, to join with them for a rally to be held on December 7.
"We are not just doing this for us," Haines said, "We are doing this for Americans of all political affiliations."
A public invitation has been posted on Facebook. The invitation says in part,
"As many of you know, on Oct 8 the Town of Campbell passed an ordinance restricting our right to free speech on the pedestrian overpass. This is in direct violation of our First Amendment rights, and we will fight this."
Haines stressed that the group consists of "law abiding Americans" who are "exercising their right to petition the government."
The "Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment" movement has Facebook pages for each state. The Wisconsin chapter has 873 members at the time of this writing, and the main page has close to 70,000 followers.