PORTLAND, OR -- A meeting today between event organizers of "Fuck The Draft" -- a music, art, and consumer-culture "draft card" burning (ie junk mail, celebrity magazines, credit card offers, etc.) -- met with Portland city police and parks department, as well as several other agencies (and a city lawyer present), to resolve the dispute over a fire permit to burn the "draft cards". |
The result was if not an official agreement than an implied one. Certainly both parties agreed that they absolutely want to keep the event a safe one. Both parties also agreed that the burning is protected under freedom of speech laws. If the fire is done in an absolutely safe and controlled way -- even without a permit -- we do not anticipate there being police intervention.
For more details on the event, see www.earthjam.com.
The fire department was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting, therefore the situtation may still change.
For now, though, the outlook for excercising our 1st ammendment rights are sunny.