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Parade Ordinance lawsuit, live at the Fifth Circuit!

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Amy Kastely, attorney for the San Antonio Free Speech Coalition, received word late last week that the Fifth Circuit will hear oral arguments in their lawsuit against the City of San Antonio over our contentious parade ordinance.

The new ordinance, which the coalition argues infringes on free-speech and assembly rights by allowing the City to levy discouraging fines (including fees for on-duty police officers), was first passed in 2007 in response to the large immigration-rights rallies of 06 -- a detail on our mind as thousands of protesters head to Washington D.C. this week to remind our elected reps that immigration reform remains unaddressed.

The original ordinance was found largely unconstitutional, but Judge Fred Biery gave a green light to a revamped 08 version. The plaintiffs and the City will present their case to the Fifth Circuit the last week of April.

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