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  •  As a member of the Library Working Group (3+ / 0-)
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    AnnieJo, isabelle hayes, markthshark

    and a named plaintiff in the suit, I think this is a victory.  It's a small one, but we got what we wanted, an acknowledgement that the City can't just destroy the belongings of those engaged in political speech, and a bit cash to fund other cool projects.  If we hadn't pushed back to the best of our abilities through the courts, I think it would have left room for the City to crack down even harder in the future on both Occupy and other sorts of movements.  Was it a perfect strategy? No.  But it certainly was a pretty good one from our perspective.

    Also, while our damages were pretty small (though plenty to fund really important projects), the other folks who used our suit as a template, especially the livestreaming folks, got quite a bundle to continue their work.  So, I'm very happy with how things went.

    I'm also pleased that our lawyers got paid.  The ability to seek lawyers fees through the courts is very important to civil rights cases, since without that ability it would be very hard for civil rights attorneys to make a living.  Working for those whose rights have been violated and who are themselves too poor to afford representation should not consign one to a life of genteel poverty.

    •  Thank you for your work... (1+ / 0-)
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      KnotIookin

      My motto: take a lawyer to lunch every chance you get.

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 05:05:12 PM PDT

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