The First Amendment still protects our right to peaceably assemble, petition for redress and protest. Those of us who are shocked and disappointed with the recent election results might consider what we will do to protect our nation's values for peacefulness, inclusion and equality.
Protests worked to win the Civil Rights Act, to stop a war in Vietnam and more recently to block the Keystone XL pipeline. Can we apply these proven tactics of non-violent protest to protect our neighbors of every religion and nationality? To protect economic gains in access to healthcare? To prevent any new wars? I, for one, am ready to stand up, or sit in, to call our nation to our highest values.
These interesting times may also present opportunities to examine whether our systems are rigged, and whether a consensus might arise for fundamental changes in our governance. Is it really fair that the one million people of Rhode Island have the same representation in the Senate as the 39 million of California? Or that the 672,000 people of Washington, DC, have none? Have two centuries of democracy shown us better ways to elect a government than the Electoral College? Does Citizens United help or hinder our democracy? I submit my proposal for a constitutional amendment to make our nation more modern and democratic.
On December 2, 2015, New York Times published, "Whistle-Blower Group Found Itself Target of Labor Complaint," by Matthew Goldstein and Ben Protess. The story breaks the news about the settlement that Lindsey Williams and Richard Renner reached with the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) about our 2012 termination after we starting organizing a staff union.
Tate & Renner was a private law office in Dover, Ohio (1995-2009) and Silver Spring, Maryland (2012-2013). Established in 1995 by Al Tate and Richard Renner, we advanced social justice through the practice of civil law. We handled employment matters, especially on behalf of whistleblowers. We also handled consumer, landlord-tenant, domestic violence, immigration and wage theft cases. Richard is now a partner at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. Richard's blog is now here. We maintain this legacy web page for professional and personal reference.
On this web page, you can see Richard's collection of his photography and his travels to Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico. You can even play with our "clock" and subscribe to Richard's free weekly synopses of the NPR puzzle.
Click here to listen to Richard's experimental podcast about a visit to the American History museum. Click here for the links to subscribe to the experimental podcast.
For more information about Richard Renner, visit his résumé. It has links to his cases, accomplishments, and affiliations. Under "Articles," (above, on this page) you can read advice that we give to our clients about taming stress, buying a used car, defending yourself from professional debt collectors, what to do if the boss questions you, and how to meet the 30-day deadline for environmental whistleblower complaints.
Contact Richard Renner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This web page features an early design by Chris Renner. Follow this link to see his more recent work. We welcome your comments.