Refuse To Be A Victim® Crime Prevention Seminar to be Held in Manchester, NH for the New Hampshire Legislature
FAIRFAX, Va(April, 17th 2013). –The award-winning crime prevention and personal safety seminar, Refuse To Be A Victim®, will be conducted on August 14th 2013, at The Yard Seafood & Steak House, 1211 South Mammoth Road, Manchester, New Hampshire 03109 from 6PM to 9PM.
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Refuse To Be A Victim® Crime Prevention Seminar to be Held in Manchester, NH for the New Hampshire Legislature
independent video journalist Dave Ridley will openly violate illegal orders to not record.
What: Demonstration, followed by civil disobedience against mayoral censorship attempt.
When: Monday, April 8, 6:00p.m - 7:30p.m. The demonstration starts one hour before a school board meeting.
Why: Mayor & security operative have ordered indie reporter to get permission from authorities, before recording interviews in City Hall's public lobby. See below for details on why that's a concern.
Who: Dave Ridley from RidleyReport.com; plus anyone else who values the right to record authorities in public.
How: First we intend to protest right outside the building on Elm. Then I intend to enter the lobby with my camera running and without begging permission. All peaceable folk are invited to join me either inside or outside.
Where: City Hall, 908 Elm St., Manchester, New Hampshire
Contacts: City Hall (603) 624-6500 / Ridley: (603) 721-1490, email@example.com / Ridley's lawyer Seth Hipple: (603) 856-0202 / Backup contact: Tara Powell: (603) 440-3654, tara85powell@Gmail.com
Updates, vid of original incident: http://nhunderground.com/forum/index.php?topic=24778.msg347619#msg347619
On March 26, 2013 Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and a city security officer tried to inappropriately restrict recording in City Hall's public lobby. I was there trying to interview local officials. When I asked Gatsas a question on camera there, he told me I must get permission from the City Clerk's office before filming! An enraged security officer shortly appeared and made similar demands. I captured video of both incidents but felt it necessary to leave the scene to prevent the camera from being seized. Here's the tape:
This incident marks at least the second attempt by a City Hall employee to limit recording in the public hallways. Around November 1, 2012...the same security officer approached me upon entering the building:
He asked if I had permission to film and told me I must get clearance from the City Clerk's office before recording a school board meeting. He also declined to identify himself on request. Again, I'm more interested in the hallway than the meeting itself, since many meetings are already broadcast. It's important for reporters or average citizens to be able to question officials on camera in the lobbies/hallways adjoining aldermanic chambers. They should also be able to film any questionable activity they see there that is occurring on the taxpayer dime. For instance, city security illegally approaching them with inappropriate demands! But trying to restrict recording of an open meeting itself is probably even more controversial than trying to restrict it in the hallways. This anonymous employee did both and the mayor thus far has backed him up. In any case, the "get permission" demand is a source of concern for several reasons:
1) Complying with such a demand would let the government decide who can record it. Such a power could or would be abused by favoring some media outlets over others, based on their content. Does the city force mainstream outlets such as the Union Leader and Channel 9 to get permission before running their electronic devices in the hallways and public chambers? If not, that would indicate inappropriate discrimination is already occurring. But it puts us all at risk. "First they came for the little media...then they came for the TV towers!"
2) The additional hurdle of getting permission would have a chilling effect on the on the *process* of reporting. The half hour you might spend requesting and getting permission...is half an hour you'd never get back. And what happens if the Clerk doesn't want you to record the request process?
3) Imagine you're in City Hall and someone does something inappropriate to you or gets in your face. You try to record it but are arrested for "lacking permission." That is the future we could be looking at if we don't act. We don't want this to happen to you.
4) The alleged permission requirement violates Articles 8 and 22 of the New Hampshire Constitution...which enshrine press freedom and the right of access.*
5) NH Attorney General Michael Delaney recently issued a statewide memo arguably forbidding what Gatsas just did, saying: "...in the recent past a number of police departments have arrested individuals for audio and or video recording police officers in public engaged in official duties. I want to alert all law enforcement agencies to a recent opinion of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which makes such arrests illegal.”
6) The Gatsas directive, if you want to call it that, violates NH law, specifically RSA 91-A:2 II, which reads: "Subject to the provisions of RSA 91-A:3, all meetings, whether held in person, by means of telephone or electronic communication, or in any other manner, shall be open to the public. Except for town meetings, school district meetings, and elections, no vote while in open session may be taken by secret ballot. Any person shall be permitted to use recording devices, including, but not limited to, tape recorders, cameras, and videotape equipment, at such meetings."
7) City officials are purportedly big on obeying Washington. The recent Federal Glik v. Cunniffe ruling reads: "a citizen's right to film government officials, including law enforcement officers, in the discharge of their duties in a public place is a basic, vital, and well-established liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment."
Simon Glik won a roughly $200K settlement from the City of Boston after its enforcers arrested him for taping authorities in public. For my part, I've already had to sue the City of Nashua over a 2011 incident where they arrested me while attempting to film outside a Joe Biden event.
That Nashua false arrest and failed prosecution led to its share of demonstrations, and this equally questionable power grab in Manchester will have to face pushback as well. I invite all concerned and peaceable folk to join us at City Hall at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 8. First we intend to demonstrate outside, then I and perhaps others will enter the building *with* cameras running and *without* asking permission. All peaceable folk are invited to join me, to go in as shallow or deep as you like, with or without cameras. I ask that you remain non-disruptive. I'd also ask that camerapersons remain at various distances from the entrance. Some close, others across the street. This will let you set your own level of risk and make it harder for authorities to seize all video of the event. Live-uploading cameras would be particularly welcome.
In the event of inappropriate interference with this endeavor, "liberty lawyer" Seth Hipple will likely lead the legal defense. He's nearly undefeated in this area of law. I would consider suing the City or undertaking some other constructive reaction, and my first choice would again be Hipple's NHLegalServices.com
Restricting recording is like blinding the people. It's an attack on basic human rights and an affront to the First Amendment Gatsas swore he would uphold. It's also an issue which creates a hill worth dying on.
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Opens Nominations for Mayor’s Small Business Awards
Manchester, NH – Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas in conjunction with the Manchester Economic Development Office (MEDO) will host the 3rd Annual Manchester Small Business Week presented by Citizens Bank beginning Monday, May 20th through Friday, May 24th. This week long event will feature programs and events targeted at providing small business owners with the information, resources and tools needed to be successful. “We are excited to continue this tradition of celebrating small business here in Manchester during National Small Business Week and we are committed to helping owners achieve and maintain success,” began Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. Program topics will include financing, marketing, trade, healthcare, educational and networking events.
Nominations for the Mayor’s Small Business Awards sponsored by Comcast Business Class are officially open. The Mayor’s Awards will honor Manchester small businesses in three separate categories: Growth, Innovation and Community Service. Gatsas continued, “Manchester is home to thousands of small businesses, many of which are growing, expanding and implementing innovative business practices that help their business succeed. This award gives the City the opportunity to recognize those unique small businesses which are vital to our cities economy.”
To nominate a company please visit www.yourmanchesternh.com/smallbusinessweek for a nomination form. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 1st. Two finalists from each category will be chosen and featured in the May issue of New Hampshire Business Magazine and the winners will be recognized during an Awards Recognition Breakfast on Friday, May 24th at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
For more information about the Manchester Small Business Week or to become involved please contact Chris Wellington, Economic Development Office, at 603-624-6505 or visit http://www.yourmanchesternh.com/smallbusinessweek.
Bookbinding demonstration and workshop open for registration
Manchester, NH – February 16, 2013 from 2-5pm Studio 550 will host Lisa Blackburn, a respected and passionate book artist and art educator from Western North Carolina. Blackburn will give a demonstration of the various methods and options of bookbinding and then lead a hands-on workshop where participants will be able to make hand-bound books of their own. This is not a widely practiced art form amongst New Hampshire artists or craft artists.
The cost is $45 per participant, and pre-registration is required (limited to 10). All materials and instruction will be provided and participants will be able to walk away with books they made by hand and information enough to try more at home.
All members of the community are encouraged to participate in this workshop. It is appropriate for teens and adults and no prior experience or artistic talent is needed. For more information, visit http://550arts.com/ or call 603-232.5597.
"Studio 550 is a dynamic community arts center that opened January 2013 where people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience can learn to work clay and be exposed to a variety of other arts." says Programs Director, Monica Leap. Stained glass, martial arts, tai chi, yoga, belly dance, and hula hooping are just some of the many art forms that can be learned at Studio 550. “Everyone has the capacity to create. Most people just need the freedom to create. Studio 550 is their excuse to play.”
For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013
Contact Win Hutchison 603.647.2395
Manchester, NH - Today at the Manchester City Clerk's Office former State Representative Win Hutchinson filed to run in the upcoming Hillsborough 9th District State Representative special election.
Hutchinson, a three-term Ward 2 Moderator, former State Representative, and long time activist, is running for the seat vacated by Robert Thompson, a Democrat, who moved to Florida. The election will be held March 19th.
At the filing announcement Hutchinson said, "I believe in personal freedom, small government, and fiscal conservatism. I will continue standing up for Manchester and working hard on behalf of our great city."