An urgent message from Gypsy Taub that will appeal most to our US friends:
Dear Body Freedom Supporters,
We urgently need your help to pay our monthly payments to our lawyers. We haven’t paid for March yet and I only got $175 from three people. (Thank you so much for those generous donations.) But we need $500 per month and still need to pay for April.
Please PayPal donations to firstname.lastname@example.org or email me for other methods of donating. Even the smallest donation makes a big difference.
Here is an update about our federal lawsuit:
You may recall that earlier U.S. District Judge Chen dismissed many of the claims we brought in the nudity litigation, including a claim for injunctive relief. This means that even if we were to win on the remaining claim, the Court would not order the SFPD to act any differently than they have been.
We, and our attorneys, feel it is important to appeal the Court’s dismissal of our claims since our ultimate goal is to obtain an order that would prohibit the City of San Francisco from arresting people engaged in nude protests – activity that we believe is protected speech under the First Amendment. In order to speed up the process of appealing the Court’s dismissal of our First Amendment claims, we elected to settle the one remaining claim for discriminatory enforcement.
Once finalized, the proceeds from the settlement will go towards paying a small part of our legal bill, which is currently over $100,000. Once the settlement is finalized our attorneys will begin work on the appeal so that we might ultimately obtain an order preventing the City from arresting people who are exercising their Constitutional Right to free speech by engaging in nude protests.
There is still a lot of work ahead. We are hoping to win this case but in the meantime we need to make payments of a minimum of $500 per month as agreed in our original agreement with our lawyers.
In relation to the above, we have also learned from George Davis of a Body Freedom Event – DC: A Tale of Two Cities to be held in Washington D.C. on 1st May 2015, for which a bit of background information is needed.
It is a speeches and art event, to be held at Noon in the Capitol Grounds, when Body Freedom activists Stacey Lunin from New York and George Davis from San Francisco will make short speeches about Body Freedom, appropriately in the nude. Afterwards, both Lunin and Davis will pose for sketch artists until 2:30pm.
After holding similar events in various major cities around the world in 2014, in February 2015 the Capitol Police Department refused permission for another “Speeches and Art” event on the grounds that the DC area has an indecent exposure law. On reading the case law, however, Davis found that this law appears to only apply to nudity with lewd (sexual) intent and not to non-sexual political and artistic expression. Lunin and Davis ask, ‘Will Washington DC show itself to be a progressive international capital city or a suppressive provincial backwater?’
Normally, a demonstration with fewer than 20 people does not require a permit, but one is needed if they want to reserve a specific space on Capitol grounds. Therefore Lunin and Davis will attempt to hold a space by, or near, the Reflecting Pool. If not available, they will display placards that read “Body Freedom Event”. If you decide to attend and still have difficulty in finding them, call either Lunin (201) 708-6434 or Davis (415) 722-2968 around the time of the event.