ANSWER Coalition fined for putting up posters

The D.C. government has sent the ANSWER Coalition notification of $10,000 in fines for putting up posters in D.C. for the upcoming Sept. 15 antiwar demonstration. Further fines are expected if the posters are not taken down within 72 hours, and could total tens of thousands.

Yet politicians put up posters all the time in D.C., and no one complains.  This is clearly is selective prosecution with the aim of stifling dissent.

Bush’s Interior Department is threatening similar actions against ANSWER. The September 15 posters are legal and conform to city regulations. We will not allow the government’s intimidation tactics to slow our outreach or silence the antiwar movement.

We can stop this effort to repress the antiwar movement with your help.

This is part of a systematic effort to disrupt the organizing for the September 15 Mass March that is timed to coincide with the report of General Petraeus and the debate in Congress on the Iraq war.

Send a letter to the D.C. Mayor and the Director of Public Works protesting this outrageous selective prosecution.

  • How ridiculous. I’ll be sending a letter for sure. They won’t stop us.


  • Wes

    Would the main stream media cover this? How about writing to Washington Post as well?

  • mark

    Letter sent and passed this on to my lists.


    Impeach George Herbert Walker “Poppy” Bush. Forty-three years running our government (with plausible deniability at least some of the time) is enough.

  • Jackie

    This “story” being reported ONLY by the Answer coalition.

    The District is controlled by democrats. And this “story” cannot be confirmed, ANYWHERE.

    Gives a new meaning to net kooks.

  • Matthew

    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Those moronic posters ARE SO illegal, and are an ugly blight on downtown D.C. (and elsewhere). The ANSWER loonies are especially obnoxious in afixing them to the sides of traffic signal control boxes, which, Mr. Bob Morris, D.C. politicians do not do.

    I’m pleased to say that I’ve trashed and shredded countless numbers of these posters, and plan to keep doing it. If I happen to cross paths with ANSWER loonies in the act of postering … it’ll be paintball gun target practice time! BTW, acetone is great for dissolving the glue on those posters.

    Letter sent praising the DC DPW for fining the loonies. Maybe $oro$ will send mo’ money.

    Hey Jackie, check this:

    And this:

  • Actually, I am an “ANSWER loonie”, and the fines, when ANSWER has been doing this for years now, seems selective prosecution to me.

  • Pretty funny, Jackie, considering that the story is now reported in the Washington Post and was reported on ABC-TV. Oops! Guess you’ll have to go back to looking for WMD in Iraq. I hear they’re going to turn up any day now!

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