May 31, 2011 – Segment 1

For years free speech in the forms of demonstrations, distributing leaflets, begging, vending and soliciting has been restricted in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area. The mix of private and public spaces in the city landmark makes the case a complicated one, and many organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union have contested the long-standing policy with little success. Joining us today to discuss the effects of this rule and the progress in promoting free speech are:

Bruce Friedrich – 11TH grade teacher at Baltimore Freedom Academy who was forced by a city police officer to stop passing out animal rights literature in the harbor

David Rocah – Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Maryland