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Re: Rent Stabilization Rent Increase Protesters Can Snooze on Sidewalks

Posted by Anna on June 12, 2000 at 19:22:28:

In Reply to: Re: TUESDAY OVERNIGHT RALLY/VIGIL AGAINST RUDY'S RENT INCREASES posted by NYS tenants on June 11, 2000 at 22:23:03:

from NYLJ: judge ruled in tenants groups favor: rally is on, make your voice heard, show up for the whole night or just for an hour! read details in post above.

Rent Protesters Can Snooze on Sidewalks

A court order has cleared the way for rent control advocates to protest City policies by sleeping on the sidewalk tonight outside of Gracie Mansion. The protest is protected expression under the First Amendment, a Manhattan federal judge has found.

Southern District Judge Kimba M. Wood yesterday found that the sleeping vigil, organized by a group fighting anticipated hikes in rates for the City's rent-controlled apartments later this week, is protected expression under the First Amendment.

Christopher Dunn of New York Civil Liberties Union represented the plaintiffs.

(TID: why does the author of this article erroneously refer to increases in rent for rent CONTROLLED apartments? NYLJ is a hometown newspaper: doesn't he know the difference between rent CONTROL and rent STABILIZATION? FYI: the annual RGB rent hikes are only for stabilized: controlled have increases through the MBR/MCR process)

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