No one deserves to have their private information exposed and to be threatened with violence because of their opinions. Following are stories of individuals who have experienced harassment for supporting a cause.
Wisconsin: Cindy Archer was afraid to let her dogs outside for fear they would be poisoned after her home was raided by police and the incident reported publicly. Worse yet, she was ordered not to explain the event, though charges were never brought – and all because of her political stance. Listen to Cindy’s story.
California: John Eastman is a law professor, Constitutional attorney and political activist. A few years ago, his name and the names of his organization’s donors were posted online by liberal activists. After a two-year legal battle, the IRS admitted that it had released the tax returns of his organization that included the private identities of the organization’s donors.
California: After Margie Christofferson gave $100 to a group that supported Proposition 8, a proposal in 2008 that opposed same-sex marriage, her name was made public and the restaurant where she worked was boycotted and picketed by people who support same-sex marriage. Ultimately the protests took their toll on the restaurant and she lost her job.
Pennsylvania: J. Leon Altemose was a nonunion contractor who, because of the threat of union intimidation, formed an association that kept the members’ names private. One of the companies who hired them divulged his name, and one night he was brutally attacked by union members and suffered severe brain damage.
Arizona: Darcy Olsen was the target of death threats and violence because of her organization’s position on public support of a privately-owned NHL team. Listen to Darcy’s story.
Oregon: Erious Johnson was put on a government watch list of potential threats to police for supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. They found him because he used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag in a tweet.
People who support candidates and ballot measures are already reported to the government. Do we want to open up people who support causes and organizations to this kind of harassment, too?