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News, The Snitch Oakland Gets the Protest Curfew SF Chronicle Columnists Called For

Oakland Gets the Protest Curfew SF Chronicle Columnists Called For

Just a few weeks after two San Francisco Chronicle columnists proposed cutting off the First Amendment in Oakland at sundown, Mayor Libby Schaaf has followed their advice and implemented a selective ban on nighttime protest marches in the city. …
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News, Sucka Free City Go Round and Round: Muni's Weird Relationship with Ads, Guns, and Middle Eastern Politics

Go Round and Round: Muni's Weird Relationship with Ads, Guns, and Middle Eastern Politics

Last week, an odd back-and-forth precipitated in the Board of Supervisors chambers in which Scott Wiener was left to explain to John Avalos the origins of the state of Israel. So you can't say the latest round of Mideast politicking…
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Trapped in the Tunnel: Passengers on Stalled Trains Have Few Rights

On a recent voyage aboard an inbound N-Judah, Keith Bollinger found himself seated near a "spun wino" who swigged from a jug and reeled off non sequiturs ("Ya run this train backwards and it puts electric back into the wires!").…
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News, The Snitch Appeals Court Judges Grill Arpaio's Lawyer on Alleged First Amendment Violations

Appeals Court Judges Grill Arpaio's Lawyer on Alleged First Amendment Violations

An 11-member panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had some tough questions today for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyer about why "America's Toughest Sheriff" should be exempt from a lawsuit claiming he…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not Just Any Old Amendment

Not Just Any Old Amendment

In this dominion of progressive politics, it’s easy to forget that other parts of the country aren’t quite as accepting. In July, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five was banned from a Missouri school district when a Missouri State University professor complained about…
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News, The Snitch Oakland Discriminates Against Anti-Abortion Activists, Judge Says

Oakland Discriminates Against Anti-Abortion Activists, Judge Says

Oakland discriminates against anti-abortion activists by selectively enforcing their "bubble ordinance," which prohibits contact with individuals entering reproductive health clinics, the Ninth Circuit has ruled. The ordinance, which was passed in February 2008, makes it unlawful for anyone to "willfully…
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News, The Snitch ACLU Defends Student Who Called Teacher 'Douche Bag' on Facebook

ACLU Defends Student Who Called Teacher 'Douche Bag' on Facebook

From the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights comes the latest tale of First Amendment issues in the digital age -- this one sparked by a high school sophomore who was suspended for calling his biology teacher a "douche bag" on…
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News, The Snitch Updated: Where are Wikileaks' Media Friends?

Updated: Where are Wikileaks' Media Friends?

UPDATED: Read the Full story, "WikiLeaks Betrayed by Amazon, Visa, Mastercard---and Worst of All, the Media." Where are the First Amendment's establishment warriors as government-spooked businesses try to shut down Wikileaks? Hackers with computers, not hacks with press passes, have…
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State bill makes malicious sock puppets a crime

As SF Weekly went to press, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was expected to sign California Senate Bill 1411, which would make maliciously impersonating someone on the Internet a misdemeanor crime punishable with up to a year in prison or a fine…
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News, The Snitch Do You Have First Amendment Rights in San Francisco Parks or Not?

Do You Have First Amendment Rights in San Francisco Parks or Not?

Jurisdictional lines are funny things. Here in San Francisco you can hoist your banners and beat your drum to express the message of your choosing per your First Amendment Rights -- until you tread onto Ocean Beach, the Presidio, or…
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News, The Snitch School That Deemed American Flag Clothing 'Incendiary' on Shaky Legal Ground

School That Deemed American Flag Clothing 'Incendiary' on Shaky Legal Ground

Administrators at Morgan Hill's Live Oak High School who opted to send home students bedecked in American flag regalia on Cinco de Mayo likely ran afoul of the law, one of the nation's foremost constitutional scholars told SF Weekly. School…
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News, The Snitch Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Benefit At 111 Minna

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Benefit At 111 Minna

While it's never occurred to me that comic book artists in this day and age would particularly need legal defense against censorship, apparently it's so, and likewise the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is throwing a benefit party at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Still Sticking It to the Man

Still Sticking It to the Man

There are few sacred cows more deserving of tribute than Lawrence Ferlinghetti. In 1953, he gave us the first all-paperback bookstore in the country; a few short years later, he published Allen Ginsberg's Howl as part of City Lights' Pocket…
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