Letter to State Building Authority to End Government Censorship of Liberty Plaza
On March 13, 2018, the ACLU of Georgia sent a letter to the governor, his chief of staff, and the Georgia Building Authority (GBA) to urge an immediate end to government censorship of Liberty Plaza. At that time, the GBA guidelines forbade organized protests at Liberty Plaza on weekends and evenings without the express approval of one of eight politicians who hold statewide office. What that means is those eight politicians alone hold in their hands the power to censor messages and dissent with which they disagree.
Although the Governor tweeted his apparent approval of the March for Our Lives Rally at Liberty Plaza on March 24th, neither students nor anyone should have to obtain the blessing of the governor before they can exercise their First Amendment Rights.
The eight “constitutional officers” are Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, and Commissioner of Labor.