January 31, 2013

Press Conference Today - Thursday, January 31st at 11:00 a.m.

January 31, 2013

CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org

WHAT: Press Conference on Filing of Ballas et al. v. Anchorage

WHERE: United NonProfits Building Conference Room, 1057 West Fireweed Lane, First Floor, Anchorage, AK

WHEN: TODAY - Thursday, January 31, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

WHO: Plaintiffs Challenging the Anchorage “Sidewalk Sitting” and Panhandling Ordinances - Joshua Decker and Jeffrey Mittman, ACLU of Alaska

TODAY, Thursday, January 31, 2013, the ACLU of Alaska Foundation filed Ballas, UNITE HERE Local 878, Kohlhaas, Sheridan, Alaskans for Peace and Justice, Alaska AFL-CIO, Bright, and Moe v. Anchorage, which challenges: the Municipality of Anchorage’s “sidewalk sitting” ordinance – an unconstitutional prohibition of the right to protest on public sidewalks; and the panhandling ordinance – an impermissible restriction of constitutionally protected speech.

Selected plaintiffs will make a brief statement, and their attorney Joshua Decker, of the ACLU of Alaska, will be available to answer questions.


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