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Harvard Square has a self appointed censor in the form of a police officer. (english)
08 Aug 2003
Modified: 11 Aug 2003
Officer Matola of the Cambridge Police Department has appointed himself censor of political speech.
While engaging in First Amendment protected activities in Harvard Square, one officer Matola has be insisting that a permit is necessary to distribute political literature and seek donations for a political cause. This is a violation of the First Amendment. The Cambridge Police Department has twice confirmed that such activities will not be stopped by the police, but Officer Matola seems to believe that it is his job to discourage political speech against Bush.

I request that members of the National Lawyer's Guild and/or ACLU come to Harvard Square on Saturday for the BE-IN at noon. While officer Matola only seems to bother dissidents when dissidents conduct themselves alone, it might be good for him to know that it is known that he is violating the First Amendment. Declaration that the NLG and/or ACLU are aware of this problem may help to rectify the situation.
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Call them! (english)
08 Aug 2003
X, if you want someone from the Guild or the ACLU to come along, call them! Their numbers are in the phone book. They'll want to know more about what's up probably, and they're unlikely to come based on an Indymedia posting (unlikely even to read it). It sounds like you could use their help, so talk to them!
Thank you Officer Matola (english)
11 Aug 2003
If you manage to continue violating the panhandling laws at Harvard Square, Stevie, you will find yourself facing more than Officer Matola. GUARANTEED. Have you forgotten already?