Monday, November 05, 2007

The N.C.A.C.

Svetlana Mintcheva, The Director of The National Coalition Against Censorship in N.Y.C. has sent a letter to St. Augustine Mayor Joe Boles regarding tHe constitutionally restrictive City ordinance banning artists from The Plaza de la Constitucion , the nation's first public park.

The coalition is comprised of the following 50 national not-for-profit organizations, broadly representing the interests of the artistic, educational, religious, and labor communities in the United States.

Actors' Equity Association American Association of School Administrators American Association of University Professors American Association of University Women American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression American Civil Liberties Union American Ethical Union American Federation of Teachers American Federation of Television & Radio Artists American Jewish Committee American Jewish Congress American Library Association American Literary Translators Association American Orthopsychiatric Association American Society of Journalists & Authors Americans United for Separation of Church & State Association of American PublishersAuthors League of America Catholics for a Free Choice Children's Literature AssociationCollege Art Association The Creative Coalition Directors Guild of America First Amendment Lawyers AssociationInternational Reading Association Lambda Legal Defense and Education FundModern Language Association National Center for Science Education National Communication Association National Council for the Social Studies National Council of the Churches of Christ National Council of Jewish Women National Council of Teachers of English National Education Association The Newspaper Guild/CWA Office of Communication, United Church of Christ PEN American Center People for the American Way Planned Parenthood Federation of America Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Screen Actors Guild Sexuality Information & Education Council of the U.S. Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Student Press Law CenterUnion of Democratic Intellectuals Unitarian Universalist Association United Methodist Communications, United Methodist Church Women's American ORT Writers Guild of America, East Writers Guild of America, West


  1. At last some outsiders are looking in to see what the hwell goes on down there !

  2. We were just ejected from the sidewalk in front of the Boston Common theater, where we were handing out leaflets about DRM to people passing by or entering to see the new Pirates movie. We were not obstructing traffic or bothering people aggressively. But after an hour and a half, we were informed by officer 284 that the entire sidewalk is privately owned. He said that we either had to move down a couple blocks, or cross the street to the park. We expressed our disbelief that a sidewalk in downtown Boston along a major road (Tremont) could be privately owned, but he was adamant. He said that most sidewalks in the Downtown Crossing area are in fact privately owned. He insisted that the nature of the protest was fine, and that we just needed to move. This was contrary to what an earlier officer had told us, but apparently the whim of the property owner changed.

  3. Apparently, the Mayor fears no one local. Perhaps a reality check from another organization will awaken the commission's eyes.