ANSWER Coalition Files Suit

The ANSWER Coalition today filed a major Free Speech lawsuit in the United
States District Court for the District of Columbia challenging anti-postering
regulations that have been used to fine the organization. ANSWER has been hit
with $10,000 fines in the last week.

Stepping up its politically targeted harassment campaign, as we were
announcing the lawsuit, the government served fines for posters against the
landlord of the building housing ANSWER’s office. This is an unprecedented
campaign against First Amendment speech and associational rights.

The lawsuit was announced at a press conference held today at the offices of
constitutional rights attorneys at the Partnership for Civil Justice (PCJ). The lawsuit can
be read in its entirety by clicking this link
.

The Free Speech lawsuit asserts that:

The challenged regulations create a hierarchy of speech, allowing broad
freedom to post on subjects related to elections or crime prevention, but
sharply restricting — and penalizing with massive fines — those who post on
grassroots political issues. The legal challenge arose in response to the
issuance of fines against the ANSWER Coalition for $10,000 because that anti-war
organization had used posters urging the public to “March to Stop the War” and
to attend the national September 15, 2007, march in Washington, called by ANSWER
and led by Iraq war veterans.

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