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Sleep (in the park) for your rights!

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A new proposal before the Board of Supervisors would set uniform hours for all city parks AND allow the Director of Rec and Parks to close city parks in response to almost anything … including “unlawful assemblies.”  That is to say:  protests the city doesn’t like.

Wait a minute:  we like protests the city doesn’t like!  They’re our favorite kind!

We think that parks, as public land, ought to belong to the public.  We tell them how we want to use it, and when it’s open.

So does the Harvey Milk Club:  they’re sponsoring a “sleep in” in Dolores Park, this Monday night, in order to bring attention to the issue and protest the law.

Learn more here:

This is an act of civil disobedience, possibly in violation of several city statutes.  It’s also an act of free speech and conscience.  One we believe in.

Who wants to go camping?

The camp-out/protest starts at 9 on Monday night.

Be sure to read the Milk Club’s warning about which laws they do and don’t intend to break.  It’s copied here:


For those interested in participating in Monday night’s direct action against the park closure legislation, note that we risk running afoul of several sections of the San Francisco Park Code, violations which could result in a fine as well as infraction or misdemeanor charges. The SF Park Code does not specifically include park closure hours, it does prohibit setting up encampments or sleeping in public parks, “noisy” or “boisterous” behavior, disobeying any park signage (which includes Dolores Park’s 10pm closure hour), and conducting any “exhibit” which has been publicized more than 4 hours in advance (which could include our demonstration), among others. While we expect that we would be warned prior to any citation or charge pursuant to these violations, please know that by joining us you do risk violating these city ordinances. For reasons related to Freedom of Speech and Expression and the public’s right to freely use public space, we believe that these ordinances are worth disobeying (civilly, of course).

NOTE: the SF Park Code also prohibits intoxication in public parks and acts which could be deemed violent or destructive to property in public parks. We do not intend to risk violating these ordinances and ask that you agree to do the same. We are engaging in acts of civil disobedience, and don’t intend to needlessly muddy the waters.

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