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This is really ugly business and a first amendment violation.


“With as many as 20,000 people in attendance, the Atlanta Tea Party on April 15 was one of the largest and most successful Tea Parties in the country. The Atlanta Tea Party on July 4, 2009 had been expected to be just as large. Unfortunately, plans have changed. Simon Property Group has forced the cancellation of the Atlanta Tea Party.

The Atlanta Tea Party was forced to cancel its Independence Day celebration in Gwinnett, after losing its location due to the objection of Gwinnett Place Mall (a Simon company.) The Tea Party had been scheduled to take place in the parking lot of the old Macy’s building at Gwinnett Place since March. 

“It is unfortunate the event had to be canceled,” said Julianne Thompson, event co-organizer. She continued, “The old Macy’s building is on private property, and not owned by Simon Malls, however the mall manager asked the property owner and I to come in the office on Thursday of this week [June 18], and told us Simon does not want political events on its property. They were also concerned about the fact we were using the term ‘protest.’ Although the event was on private property, the mall was able to assert authority on the matter due to reciprocal property easement agreements.” 

Event Co-Chair Debbie Dooley stated, “Our Atlanta Tea Party team tried for the next day and a half to find an alternative location large enough for the event, and with the proper layout for our vendors, children’s activities, and fireworks show, but we could not find anything suitable that would have been available on July 4th. 

With just a few days left until the Fourth of July Tea Parties begin, this is very unfortunate timing! One wonders why Simon Property Group waited until now to interfere.

Liberal Atlanta paper’s snarky reaction.

Following the money, connecting the dots:

  1. 1.     Gwinnett Place Mall shut down the Atlanta Tea Party.
  2. 2.     Simon Property Group owns Gwinnett Place Mall.
  3. 3.     Melvin Simon (a Forbes 400 billionaire) is Co-chairman of Simon Property Group, Inc.
  4. 4.     Melvin Simon has provided large political contributions to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Franken, John Edwards, the DNC and many other Democrats and Democrat organizations.
  5. 5.     Melvin Simon was a major contributor to Barack Obama inaugural committee and has given at least $1 million to the William J. Clinton foundation.
  6. 6.     Melvin’s wife, Bren, personally donated almost $100,000 to various political candidates, was a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, and contributed to President Obama’s inaugural committee.

Contact: Simon Properties


Easement agreements be damned.  Clearly a First amendment violation.  This is about suppressing our freedom of speech.  The Democratic Party has no right to shut down our Tea Parties. We have the right and freedom to assemble.  No one can take that away.


“The First Amendment prohibits government from abridging ‘the right of the people peaceably to assemble.’ This basic freedom ensures that the spirit of the First Amendment survives and thrives even when the majority of citizens would rather suppress expression it finds offensive….

The U.S. Supreme Court recognized the importance of this freedom in the 1937 case De Jonge v. State of Oregon, writing that ‘the right to peaceable assembly is a right cognate to those of free speech and free press and is equally fundamental.’ According to the Court the right to assemble is “one that cannot be denied without violating those fundamental principles which lie at the base of all civil and political institutions.”

In De Jonge, the high court struck down an Oregon “criminal syndicalism” law that prohibited advocacy of ‘any unlawful acts or methods as a means of accomplishing or effecting industrial or political change or revolution.’ Dirk De Jonge had been convicted for teaching communist doctrine to a gathering of 300 people. The Supreme Court reversed his conviction, ruling that ‘the holding of meetings for peaceable political action cannot be proscribed.’

The First Amendment protects peaceful, not violent, assembly. However, there must a ‘clear and present danger’ or an ‘imminent incitement of lawlessness’ before government officials may restrict free-assembly rights. Otherwise, the First Amendment’s high purpose can too easily be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.

According to the Supreme Court, it is imperative to protect the right to peaceful assembly, even for those with whose speech we disagree, ‘in order to maintain the opportunity for free political discussion, to the end that government may be responsive to the will of the people and that changes, if desired, may be obtained by peaceful means.”

Wake up America!  It will only get worse.  Say no to Obama.  Say no to the Democratic Party.  Exercise your rights. 

May I suggest boycotting Simon Properties malls.  They are all over the country.  To find a mall in your county or state, check out:  http://www.simon.com/findamall/default.aspx.

Boycotting the stores in the mall would send a message as well.  After all, this is the United States and we have the right to assemble.