Among our most basic rights is our right over our own respective bodies, which includes rights to both worship freely and speak freely, limited only by the equal rights of others. These rights are explicitly protected by the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, which every American public officer swears a solemn oath to uphold.
Sadly, though, Provo’s city code forbids citizens from protesting anything within city limits without city permission.
Also, in 2016, Provo city officers decided that Provo’s new publicly-owned-and-operated recreation center is NOT a public forum where local residents may speak freely, but a place where politicians may wantonly regulate visitors’ speech. Although this public facility readily hosted public meetings to support a new public mass-transit system, it barred other Provoans from collecting signatures to oppose this same system. These constitute unjust infringements upon our free-speech rights, which should be speedily overturned.
- The Founders’ Constitution: Amendment I (Speech and Press)
- Provo: Events and Services Application
- Libertas Institute: “80 year old Provo resident shut down by city for free speech on public property” (2016 Jul 18)