December 31, 2017

San Francisco planning new protest area

Yes Magazine - In San Francisco’s famous Castro neighborhood, the plan is to redesign the public space above the Castro Muni Metro station—called the Harvey Milk Plaza—into an arena for staging rallies, peaceful assembly, street demonstration, protests, and candle light vigils.

... This move to encourage public assembly is in contrast to a trend where state and local governments—through militarized law enforcement and legislation—have stifled civil protests in recent years. In fact, in July 2016, U.N. Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai conducted an official trip to the United States and released a report the following year detailing an “increasingly hostile legal environment for peaceful protesters in some states.”

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