Perhaps a Victory in the Making
We have good news we trust will become even better news soon. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the district court made an error in preventing Riley’s Farm from seeking injunctive relief. Likewise, the court clearly affirmed that public agencies cannot engage in First Amendment retaliation, indicating there was strong prima facie evidence that Claremont Unified School District did precisely that.
This means that if we prevail at the district court, Claremont will face the obligation of paying all of our legal bills, both what we’ve had to bear, and the unpaid obligations of four different firms who saw Claremont’s Constitutional violation as being so clear they put in their time with no guarantee of being paid. In other words, Claremont could be facing penalties in excess of one million dollars.
We also believe there’s a reasonable possibility the Ninth Circuit will amend this ruling, allowing us to seek compensatory and punitive damages, which would make Claremont’s burden even greater.
Why are we so resolved? Why do we want to make the lives of public officials difficult?
The reason is very simple. We should never elect people, or hire civil servants, who HATE THE BILL OF RIGHTS. If we don’t make trampling on civil liberties expensive, they will go right on doing it. Public leaders need to recognize that our communities, and our nation, and our economy, are all made stronger by allowing differences of opinion. If you are one of those people who say, “Jim, you can say anything you like, but you have to take the consequences,” then I would respond “you would have made a great German Nazi Lutheran in 1939.” None of us should be arguing for a world where government can penalize you for saying the wrong things.
I don’t want my children living in a country where, upon trying to start their car in the morning, the dashboard lights up with a message reading, “We’re sorry. You said something on social media that offends community standards. The California DMV is suspending your driving privileges for seven (7) Days.” That is totalitarian CHINA, and NOT the land of the brave and the home of the free.
And even today, I don’t want to live in a world where I can’t provide living history field trips unless I agree to conform all of my personal political speech to the neurotic standards of a few loud woke misfits. We had a twenty year relationship with Claremont Schools. They loved our programs, which were never political in the contemporary sense. They loved our making history exciting for kids.
They threw us under the bus because they forgot all Americans have the right to speak their mind, not just the shrill complainers.Blacklisted, Claremont, Injunctive Relief, Ninth Circuit
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This post was written by Jim Riley