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In Ridgewood it’s Free Speech for Some But Not For Others

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Ridgewood NJ, anti protester and free speech advocate William Porterfield who exercised his own right to free speech during Saturdays ,“Ridgewood for Black Liberation” is now being harassed buy some the the very protesters who claim the mantle of free speech.

According to a Facebook post in the Facebook group It Takes a Ridgewood Village , Porterfield claims,”Kathleen Sun Koo, Beth Pollak Meleski and Ariya Wink have searched out my employer and now threaten to ask that I be fired because I dared to say, “All Lives Matter”. This is how groups like BLM work. Like nazis, communists and organized crime – They try to intimidate or destroy dissenters. They protest down our street with bullhorns, making demands of what Ridgewood must do. but they try to take away anyone else’s voice. I ask that more Ridgewood residents be present at their next protest to show that Ridgewood residents, and Americans don’t cower.”

Sounds like the “filter” or “silence thy neighbor crowd” is back in action and this is a long time trick of the New Jersey political establishment whenever it tries to silence competition or dissent.

The First Amendment reads : Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Apparently some Ridgewood residents need to brush up on their constitutional law.

74 thoughts on “In Ridgewood it’s Free Speech for Some But Not For Others

  1. was this post written by worms, because it sounds like it was written by worms

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  2. Instigation by saying all lives matter?

  3. The guy is clearly a knucklehead, but has a right to be heard. Remember, this a reaction to the brutal murder of George Floyd. Stop racism, black lives matter!

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    1. Why is he a “knuckle head”? You have to make a better argument if you want to label people

  4. To the anonymous person who says Freedom of Speech is not Freedom of Responsibility. I speak using my full name so people know that I take responsibility. You criticize me anonymously.

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    1. The problem of using a true identity on posting here, or anywhere else, runs the risk of retaliation, as so perfectly evidenced in this article. I find leftists to be the most vindictive people of all in their total lack of respect for freedom of speech. Go against the narrative and you definitely risk your livelihood.

  5. Carmen you sound like a total bigot , George Floyd. was not murdered in Ridgewood , better to put your efforts into something productive ,like other posters have said Paterson is less that 3 miles from Ridgewood lots of work to do there

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  6. Hey Carmen – if he’s a knucklehead – one person having the courage to speak up and use his name ! what are these violent counter protesters ?! When will the violence be acknowledged that these protests are causing . Wake up
    Anti-cop ‘mob’ swarms Back the Blue event in Denver, bloodying several before shutting things down: reports

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/denver-back-the-blue-event-violence-black-lives-matter-mob-protesters-anti-police

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  7. William Porterfield can you please wear a mask? Your message got lost because you were screaming without a mask during a deadly pandemic.

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  8. To the person who said…….William Porterfield can you please wear a mask? Your message got lost because you were screaming without a mask during a deadly pandemic.

    GROW UP!

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  9. Just so you people know, I don’t work at Kilwin’s, I haven’t since March 2020. But if I did, they would support me because they’re not ignorant or racist.

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  10. So a bunch or morons have been calling for a boycott of Kilwins and the person in question doesn’t work there? Good move by the cretins.

    1. “consequences of free speech”

  11. To the person who wrote: To the person who said…….William Porterfield can you please wear a mask? Your message got lost because you were screaming without a mask during a deadly pandemic.

    GROW UP!

    I say I’d like to grow up. In fact I’d like to grow old. I have little kids. I don’t want to get covid. So, yes , I wish everyone would wear masks. All of the marchers did.

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  12. Detractors of black lives matter are mostly Ill informed racists who ignore the George Floyd murder and the many black murders preceding, all caught on camera. How come no one here talks about George Floyd ? Is it easier to ignore reality and complain and change the subject, I suspect that many people on this site get their news from Fox “state tv”.

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  13. https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/ridgewood/2020/07/18/ridgewood-black-liberation-marchers-call-systemic-change-nj-village/5458633002/

    *Recent video on line shows what it actually looked like when Protestors took this enmass to the STREETS. This doesn’t look like or sound like a peaceful assembly of free speech, but Organized copycats with a LEADER with Bull Horn, chanting to the gullible. They’ve turned it into a sideshow party like a block party, just to be a cool part of the crowd. Town couldn’t have a 4th July parade,,, but this was allowed??

    Latest, watch out for the gang of 20 + copycats young bicyclists in evenings, taking to the residential side streets riding enmass the width of road against traffic with a LEADER doing wheelies in traffic alongside the cars in middle of road. Not cool, but dangerous and illegal. The city is now here, what happened to law and order everywhere?

  14. 6 little BLM snow flakes with a few signs standing against a storefront in the shade lol on Main St Ramsey today, Sunday, July 26th.
    The Ridgewood PD and Town Council need to take some action to keep these zeros off of E Ridgewood Ave on Saturday’s and Sunday’s, as Ramsey has apparently done.

    Maybe move them to the underground passage of the railroad tracks where they wouldn’t melt ?😘

  15. Love what you wrote Bill

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