Sunday, October 14, 2007
Dear Madison, One of the reasons I don't stand by with my signs is to avoid interacting with the police. The First Amendment gives us carte-blanche to speak our minds politically as loud as we want to however many of our fellow citizens as we want, but not every cop or highway patrolman on the beat can be expected to understand that. My suggestion would be to simply call the police, or mayor's office, highway dept. etc. and simply ask what the rules are - see what they say. If they give you the run-around, say you need a special permit, etc. etc. then consider just doing what I do. Don't let a bunch of local functionaries take away from you what the founding fathers gave. Whatever you do though, try and go big. DON'T stand around with a bunch of small signs done on posterboard with marking pen - make it look like you mean it.
Hey Scarlet, we decided to do what you said and just called the cops - they said "No Problem!". Got a few one-fingered peace signs, but mostly just lots of honking and waving. It was a blast! We'll be doing it again soon. Yours, Madison WI