For the last 2 years, we have taken report after report of Stand signs being brazenly stolen or defaced in acts of vandalism. We have heard reports of blatant trespassing. Many households have reported that as soon as they replaced their sign, it would be stolen, again.
You may say to yourself, yes, but it's just a $5 sign, what's the big deal? But, think again.
These signs symbolize our First Amendment Rights. They symbolize our voice as a community. These signs are the vehicle with which we are able to be heard on an issue that impacts each and every one of us, one level or another.
This community rallied and donated to Stand so that we would have the ability to have our voices heard when they were undemocratically silenced. One $5 sign has very quickly added up to thousands of dollars in stolen property that was paid for by this community. People donated their hard earned money for a sign to support a cause that they believe in, only to have another person yank it out of the ground and toss it in a dumpster as if their neighbor’s voice doesn't count. Are you okay with that? We aren't.
If you believe in the First Amendment, you will not approve of anyone attempting to squash your right to free speech, even if they don't like what you have to say, perhaps especially if they don't like what you have to say.
And, while we understand that some do not like the messages that the signs send, we also understand that theft is theft! Most of us teach our children from a very young age the simple concept that stealing is bad. Even if it’s something you really, really want, or, it only costs a few dollars. We all know it’s morally wrong to steal - and it’s also against the law. The same is true for trespassing and vandalism. We firmly believe that these many transgressions should not be dismissed - that we should not let these acts silence us.
If you have been the victim of a sign or magnet theft and would like either replaced, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also consider filing a police report.
Because it’s not just a sign.