I’m Here and I’m Queer…I’m Loud and I’m Proud…

…well, not really. Just wanted to get your attention. And if you’re reading this, then it worked. If you’re not reading it, but rather have a dishrag in your hand cleaning off the coffee you sprayed all over your computer monitor, then, well, it worked too.

So, why did I want you to read this? To see if you could answer a question I’ve been mulling over the past couple weeks.

With all the protests that go on here in Asheville, why hasn’t someone protested the treatment that URTV is getting from the County Commissioners and Wanda Greene?

Seems like every issue you could think of is represented by someone protesting up at Vance Monument. Plenty of folks exercising their freedom of speech, but no one seems to care that the last bastion of freedom of speech here in Buncombe County is under attack by the suits at the county. How come?

Why is it easier to protest in support of the union workers in Wisconsin than it is to stand up for your First Amendment rights when they’re being pulled right out from under you by people who are, at best inept, and, at worst, thieves?

April 5th is the next county commissioner meeting. I wonder how many hippies and suits will be out protesting the malevolent treatment that URTV has been getting.

Or aren’t local issues sexy enough for the “professional protestors”?

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has traveled the world documenting the tears, joys, laughter and lives of people everywhere. He currently focuses his camera on the same topics in America. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as USAToday, CNN, Upsurge, Dream Row and others. A portion of his income from each photo shoot is donated to organizations that help the homeless in the communities in which he works. You can see more of his photography by clicking here.

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