Day 88 of my Ongoing Protest For Animals
Well, good thing I read (several times) the ACLU information on protesting and free speech in public areas. Otherwise, my poor stuffed cow would have had his voice silenced. Don't get me wrong, the town official that stopped by to talk to me was super nice. And listened to me tell a lot about what happens to animals. And in the end agreed that as long as the cow was in the grass off the sidewalk, he could keep holding his sign. So, all ended well. And I even made him laugh when I said that parents want their kids to believe if you hug a cow hard enough steak just shoots out of him.
The City of Williamsburg, in my experiences so far, a great place for doing what I do. Aside from the one fireman, everyone has been nice and non-confrontational. And I've given them the last 88 days of chances to come give me problems and they've for the most part left me alone (and probably daily reason for the past year and a half before that - just not in one place).
Nonetheless, it is always good to know your rights and make sure you don't get told what you can and can't do by someone else. Be sure you know what is and isn't legal so you can stand your ground. My experience is the people coming to talk to you are just trying to get someone off their back that has complained about you. They want to find common ground so they can get back to doing their real job instead of getting to hear how pigs are raped to produce bacon and how male chicks are shredded up by the egg industry.