I am curious about where one can legally protest. I know that most public places are open to protesting but not all. I dont think OHSU will let you protest on their grounds.
I would also like to know what constitutes public places. I have been told to leave the complex that houses Wal-Mart at Holgate and 82nd as it was private. Even though a huge sidewalk and road run thorugh it.
The reason that I ask is because I saw some people protesting in a strip mall type area (not even as public as Wal-Mart with the road and sidewalk cutting thru) and being talked to by the site manager and the local Gresham police.
I was able to talk to them after the police left and they told me that because the strip mall was considered a public place, they had the right to be there. They told me that recent court cases had left gray areas about was was considered public right of ways. I thought for sure that the Gresham police would have arrested them for trespassing if they could have since the property manager had asked them to leave.
With developing being the way that it is today, it appears that is some areas the only way to reach the public is by going to these strip malls and shopping industrial complexes.
I know that Schumacher had talked about moving to a large mall to avoid protesters but would that legally protect them? More specifically can I be arrested for protesting Wal-Mart if I stick to the sidewalk along the road that cuts through the complex?
Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.