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Pay Close Attention-The Streets Will Not be Silenced San Antonio Free Speech Lawsuit Moves Forward

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http://www.esperanzacenter.org/freespeech/index.htm to get updates.. Oral arguments to this case are being heard as we speak.. the implications to this are frightening...

There's some serious things brewing right now in the city of San Antonio around the issues of Free Speech and the right to assemble freely. On  November 29 2007, the Mayor and City Council voted to give the police power to charge for 'Free Speech' in public space at their discretion. Such a move is a blatant assault  one of our core basic freedoms-The right to assemble FREELY. It is currently being challenged in court with a hearing set for later this month.  Below is a video that gives a brief backdrop as to what's happening...


This law is fortunately being challenged by a coalition of groups including San Antonio Free Speech Coalition. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center  and the International Woman's Day March and Rally Committee who have filed a lawsuit and will be headed down to New Orleans later this month to have this case heard in the US Fifth Circuit Cour of Appeals.