This city, Newburyport, is supposed to be no place for hate.
But when the LaRouche people appeared again in front of the Newburyport Post Office, the police informed me that they had a right to be there.
Well ... yes, they have a right to their opinion and to assemble. But as I pointed out to one of the officers, they did NOT have the right to the table they had set up on the public sidewalk. They need a permit from the city for that.
He argued with me. I told him I had been told that by someone in the mayor's office. He told me that if the mayor had a problem with it, he (the mayor) could call the NPD and tell them.
After a while, Nancy Haverington from First Parish Church and Ross Varney from the Belleville Church appeared. I had been talking to one of the men peddling their hate and I was so creeped out that I had to leave (plus I had a lunch date).
As all this was going on, a woman I know pulled up in her car and hailed me. She told me she had sent me a message on Facebook about her encounter with these people and could I do anything?
Later I saw City Clerk Richard Jones and he confirmed that they needed a permit. yay
When I got home, I read my friend's message. One of the men had told her that Obama wants her to get breast cancer and die.
What happened to "No Place for Hate?"
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