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  •  All Good Questions - Further Illumination (4+ / 0-)

    1. There's a difference between publicly displayed and supported speech, particularly when it is both untrue, harmful and defamatory, and same in the private sphere. If you go to our website: http://oursilverribbon.org/...

    we've listed several cases where the City or a branch thereof either refused to permit homophobic speech, or made compensatory arrangements (posting a public disclaimer on top of the poster) in the case of an Islamophobic poster on metro transport.

    2. The City actually has policy on reproductive health care services, but its rules about these displays on a major commercial street do not relate; seem to have been designed to address conventions and football team victories, but fall apart on these issues.

    3. In the long course of trying to post pro-choice banners in 2013 on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, ultimately without success, one of the rules the City presented was: "Banners shall only be installed on those poles without the DPW installed LED snowflakes."  I guess the only way to describe these are as seasonal Christmas decorations (doesn't snow much here in SF). I'll try to attach a picture on our site of one of the currently posted "Abortion Hurts Women" banners with a neon holiday snowflake in front of it; but that's the idea.

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