ANTI-KU KLUX KLAN ACT PROTECTS SAVAGE, SAYS TOP CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY.
You have a strong Federal Civil Rights action that you can file against Supervisor Sandoval and the City of San Francisco.
You have a constitutional right to state your political opinions and no city official has the right to lie about what you said or to call for a mob to come to your door to threaten you and to try to have you fired.
Historically, the people of this country have never allowed the government to quash free speech. The civil rights lawsuit is one way that we keep the government off our backs. I have no problem with Sandoval voicing his opinions. He can disagree with you all that he wants. What he cannot do is to harness the power of the state and use it to try and crush an individual citizen.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states that:
Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech.
After the civil war we passed the fourteenth amendment which made the First Amendment and all of the amendments in the bill of rights, apply to the states.
When the Board of Supervisors passes a resolution against you that is government action abridging the freedom of speech.
When Sandoval in his role as a supervisor, organizes a mob to try and take away your top rated national radio show, he is using the power of the state to crush freedom of speech.
This is against the law. This same type of terrorism by government officials has been used in the past.
The civil rights of our African American brethren were regularly violated by police and government officials. In fact, it was John Kennedy who had to send federal troops to Mississippi to protect the Freedom Riders from mobs which were often organized by the politicians.
If you file a federal civil rights lawsuit is like holding the constitution in your hand and waving it in the face of those who think that they can violate your constitutional rights just because they are powerful.
The federal civil rights lawsuit that you can bring against Representative Sandoval was created by Congress on April 20, 1871 as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1871.
It is also known as the "Ku Klux Klan Act" because one of its primary purposes was to provide a civil remedy against the abuses that were being committed in the southern states, especially by the Ku Klux Klan.
You are protected by this civil rights act because you are the victim of the same type of mob terror that Klan used to inflict. This terror is being organized against you simply because people do not like what you say. Translated into legal language, you are being attacked by a type of terrorist because you have exercised your First Amendment rights.
The Klansman in your case is wearing a suit and not a white robe. He is doing his dirty work under the hood of his elected position instead of under the coward's hood of the Klan.
I am very aware of the hateful things that Sandoval has said in the past.
I know he has tried to incite mobs to go to the homes of people he does not like. I know that he has tried getting mobs to interrupt religious ceremonies involving thirteen year olds. He seems to be a very malicious man.
I wish that you would remind your listeners that even as you oppose illegal immigration, you have always stood strongly against discrimination.
I don’t think people like Sandoval have read your books or even listened too many of your shows. I have.
You are the kind of person who will stand up against the government when comes down unfairly against any group. I notice that Sandoval claims that you slander immigrants. Of course, he is really the one who slanders immigrants because he groups illegal immigrants who you criticize with legal immigrants who you support. To him, they are just one big group. This Sandoval fellow accused you of using "defamatory language ... against immigrants". Of course, this is statement by Sandoval is slander. I have listened to your show.
You are very complimentary of immigrants. In fact, you frequently mention that your parents were immigrants. The slander by Sandoval arises because he claims that your opposition to illegal entry into this country is somehow a stand against Hispanics. That is like saying that every border patrol agent and every Congress person is anti-immigrant because they don’t condone illegal border crossing.
When Sandoval purposely accuses you of being against immigrants when you are in fact in favor of legal immigrants and against the criminal conduct of illegal entry, Sandoval slanders you. But then he goes even further in his wrongful conduct.
Sandoval’s use of the mob to try to terrorize you is reminiscent of the tactics of Hitler, Stalin, Hugo Chavez and any other fascist who uses the power of the state and mob to silence speech.
When you stand up to Sandoval, you are standing up not only for your free speech but even for the free speech of those hunger strike students with whom you so fundamentally disagree. If they can silence you I guarantee that those four students will be next ... and then me.
I will back you Michael and file this lawsuit if you wish."
August 13, 2007