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Federal judge rules in favor of Bush Center protestors, calls Dallas’ picketing ordinance ‘unconstitutionally vague’


From Dallas Morning News:

Late Friday, six activists won their battle with the city of Dallas over their plans to protest next week’s opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus.

In his 12-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis ruled that protestors can stage their rally at the SMU-owned Expressway Tower, where the university gave them the OK to gather. He also voided, at least temporarily, the city’s ordinance that bans “the carrying of signs on, over, or near freeways.” Solis said it’s “unconstitutionally vague” and therefore unenforceable.

“How ’bout that,” says Hadi Jawad, one of the organizers of The People’s Response, which will feature marches, demonstrations and rallies throughout the week. Jawad wasn’t aware the judge had granted the temporary restraining order until contacted by The Dallas Morning News Friday evening.

“As an activist, I learned early on you fight, you lose, you fight, you lose, you fight, you lose, you fight, you lose, you fight, you lose and then you win one,” said Jawad. “And then you fight, you lose, you fight, you lose all over again. But this is a good day for Dallas and the citizens of Dallas and the Constitution. It’s a fantastic feeling.”

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