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SA Community Says, ‘We Will Not Be Silenced!’


 

WHO: San Antonio Free Speech Coalition & Int’l Woman’s Day March Planning Committee

 

WHAT: San Antonio Community Says, ‘We Will Not Be Silenced!’

 

WHEN: Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 10am

 

WHERE: In front of City Council Chambers, 103 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX

 

San Antonio Community Says, ‘We Will Not Be Silenced!’

 

This Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 10am in front of City Council Chambers, next to Main Plaza, the community of San Antonio will gather for a Community Action & Convivio in response to the recent dismissal of the community lawsuit filed against the City of San Antonio in November 2007 challenging the City’s unconstitutional Marching Ordinance.  People from all over San Antonio and neighboring communities will gather with large signs and colorful banners, joining in on community street theatre performance and chants.

On June 30, 2009, the community lawsuit filed by the San Antonio Free Speech Coalition and the San Antonio International Woman’s Day March Planning Committee was dismissed without a trial.  Judge Fred Biery’s decision failed to even address or mention any of the community concerns regarding violation of basic constitutional rights under the 1st and 14th amendments, which provide freedom of speech and equal protection under the law.  The Marching Ordinance passed in November, 2007 and other fees and permits imposed by the City deprive us of the right to gather to communicate and convivir with each other in the streets, in our plazas and in our parks.  

Without access to public spaces, what hope is there of successfully working together for a just community?  Our streets were built and are maintained by the working class of our community.  Many of our parks are carved out of indigenous lands not recognized nor honored as historical, while the cultural expressions of our community are appropriated and exploited year after year. 

The Community Action & Convivio to be held outside, in front of City Council Chambers on Saturday, August 8th at 10am and will serve to update the community on the appeal to the 5th circuit filed by the San Antonio Free Speech Coalition and the San Antonio International Woman’s Day March Planning Committee and to further an ongoing community education and exchange. 

This community gathering will also let the new City Council and the new Mayor know that the community understands our rights to our streets, our parks, and to our historical spaces as our right to a public forum guaranteed to us under the US Constitution. 

 

Of the ten largest cities in the US, only San Antonio charges people to march.  The success or failure of this ordinance will set a precedent for cities all over the US.  

Contact[email protected]  (210) 228-0201; cell: (210) 262.0654