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Newport News: Free Speech > permit & insurance

posted Jul 16, 2009, 12:43 PM by Robert Alexander
From: Mike T <>
Date: July 16, 2009 9:27:14 EDT
To: Jo Whistler <>
Subject: Please send this out to your group

National Health Care Rally July 17, 2009 (11:30am -2PM)
The People had a small Victory yesterday. A victory that has set a precedent for future rallies in the City of Newport News. The city requires any organized group who wishes to assemble on city property to obtain liability insurance in the amount of $550K. This creates a barrier for people who would like to assemble as exercise their freedom of speech. After a letter was sent to the City of NN Attorneys office; Joe Durant an assistant city attorney wrote back and stated:
“…City will not pursue proof of insurance for your event, since the event is protected under the First Amendment.  A letter indicating that approval has been granted is being prepared, and I will endeavor to get that to you prior to July 17, but, if it is not available, you may consider this as proof of the granted permit should any question be raised.”
While we have this momentum please join the National Health Care Rally
Located at:
2600 Washington Ave. Suite 1010
Newport News, VA 23607
Rally will be held between 26th and 27th Street on Washington Ave.
Car pool if you can. Down town parking is limited.
There will be two pre-rally rally points. We will use these points to car pool.
1) Rally point on the Peninsula will be at the Bass Pro Shop parking lot on
1972 Power Plant Pkwy, Hampton, VA (Meet here between 10:45am and 11:20am)
2) The Rally point for those on the South Side will be at the Old Circuit City parking lot on Portsmouth Blvd by Chesapeake Square Mall.
4107 Portsmouth Blvd, Portsmouth, VA‎ (Meet here between 10:45am and 11:20am)
Mike Thompson