[mgj-discuss] Re: [ACC] Re: Permit Denial
Partnership for Civil Justice
pcj at justiceonline.org
Thu Apr 18 19:29:00 EDT 2002
Actually, below is not accurate.
No permit is needed AT ALL for demonstrations on the sidewalk.
The issue with sidewalks is incommoding (blocking passage on the sidewalk to
other pedestrians), so any number of people can demonstrate on the sidewalk
as long as other pedestrians can get by.
The issue with 25 people or fewer is a special National Park Service rule
and applies only to parks etc under their jurisdiction, and is completely
irrelevant to demonstrations on DC jurisdiction sidewalks.
Additional information is on www.civil-rights.net If you need legal advice,
please feel free to contact us at legal at justiceonline.org
----- Original Message -----
From: Todd Hutchins <todd_hutchins at hotmail.com>
To: <adam at mintwood.com>; <acc at lists.mutualaid.org>;
<mgj-discuss at lists.mutualaid.org>; <mgj-scenario-l at lists.mutualaid.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2002 1:37 PM
Subject: [ACC] Re: Permit Denial
> Remember: no permit is needed legally for a demo of 25 or fewer persons
> long as you stay on the sidewalk and are not an "extension" of another
> unpermitted group of 25. Check out legal info in "Justice & Solidarity
> 101," available at http://www.justiceandsolidarity.org/#Resources
> Of course, as Adam's comments in the Post suggested, some of us do not
> recognize the supposed authority of the State (uh, I guess in DC it's "the
> Colony") to keep the people from assembling wherever the hell we want.
> >From: Adam Eidinger <enrages at bellatlantic.net>
> >Reply-To: adam at mintwood.com
> >To: New ACC List <acc at lists.mutualaid.org>, World Bank - IMF Discussion
> >List <mgj-discuss at lists.mutualaid.org>, Scenario Working Group
> ><mgj-scenario-l at lists.mutualaid.org>
> >Subject: [MGJ-SCENARIO-L] Washington Post on Permit Blah Blah
> >Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 10:51:29 -0400
> >Organizers of IMF Protest Object to Route
> >March After Saturday Rally Would Miss Offices of Multinational
> >By Manny Fernandez and Petula Dvorak
> >Washington Post Staff Writers
> >Thursday, April 18, 2002; Page B02
> >District police have told anti-globalization marchers that they can't
> >assemble Saturday for protests outside the downtown
> >Washington offices of Coca-Cola Co. and two other major corporations, a
> >ban organizers say is unconstitutional.
> >Members of the Mobilization for Global Justice had been preparing
> >street-theater skits featuring stilt-walkers, an inflatable globe
> >and soda pop, outside the offices of Coca-Cola, Citibank and Monsanto
> >Co. -- to follow a protest earlier in the day at the
> >International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
> >But D.C. police issued a march permit last week with a route that keeps
> >the demonstrators away from those offices. Organizers
> >said the new route was a shock, because they requested the permit in
> >late March and do not plan civil disobedience or property
> >"For them to come back and say, 'No, you can't go there,' is a complete
> >denial of our First Amendment rights," said Adam
> >Eidinger, 28, a member of the District-based coalition. He said some
> >demonstrators will proceed as planned with or without a
> >"They are setting up a confrontation unnecessarily after we have
> >attempted to cooperate with the police for the last month,"
> >Eidinger said.
> >D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said yesterday that a permit
> >application is a wish list, not a guarantee. He said that
> >because police will be monitoring so many groups Saturday -- at least
> >four marches are planned -- organizers did not get all the
> >march routes they sought.
> >"We can't just take them on the scenic route that they're asking for,"
> >he said.
> >Ramsey said police also took into account past protests staged in front
> >of corporate targets.
> >"There was damage last time," he said, referring to tires that were
> >slashed and graffiti painted on businesses during last year's
> >inaugural protests.
> >Eidinger said that his group is nonviolent and that he knew of no
> >instance in which members destroyed property at a
> >Police are trying to cover the various protests without depleting
> >neighborhood patrols, a concern of community leaders.
> >"The route they were asking for would tie up too many officers for too
> >much time," Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance
> >W. Gainer said. He said police can't pin past damage on any one group
> >but must take into account what might be done by
> >splinter groups not associated with peaceful protesters.
> >Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected by organizers to protest
> >tomorrow through Monday over a host of issues,
> >including U.S. aid to Israel, activities of the World Bank and IMF, and
> >foreign policy in Colombia.
> >The original permit application sought a march route that headed north
> >on 18th Street NW, then east on H Street to
> >Connecticut Avenue, where organizers wanted to stage a brief skit
> >outside Coca-Cola offices. The rest of the route would have
> >taken them south on 14th Street NW, then east on G Street to a Citibank
> >branch, then to Monsanto offices near 13th and G
> >streets NW.
> >The permit approved by police lets protesters rally outside the IMF and
> >World Bank, then march south on 17th Street to
> >Constitution Avenue, eventually joining other marchers at Freedom Plaza
> >on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
> >Protest organizers say they picked the companies to draw attention to
> >the deaths of union organizers at a Coca-Cola bottling
> >plant in Colombia, Citibank profits from Colombia's debt and Monsanto
> >products they said harm the environment.
> >"We view the police mandate to block these protests as an example of how
> >corporate interests routinely trump those of
> >citizens," Eidinger said.
> > © 2002 The Washington Post Company
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