Dear NYC Performers,
On MAY 8TH 2013, centered in Washington Sq Park, the PEP (Parks Dept
police) will be giving out a promised FAQ sheet describing in detail
the rights (or lack of rights) of performers in all NYC Parks. (see news
article below this announcement describing this.)
The Parks Dept has assured performers there will not be any enforcement
actions taken against them. Depending on what it says on this FAQ
sheet about the revised park rules for performers and musicians,
performers will have either officially won their rights in parks or will have
to begin a new struggle to regain them.
Performers should make it their business to show up in Washington Sq
Park in particular on May 8 in order to participate and
to get a copy of this historic FAQ. Please do not use amplification on
this day. Bring a camera, tape recorder or video camera and use it. to
record anything that the PEP officers say to you or do.
If it is raining still show up to get the FAQ and then perform for a while
when the rain stops.
Please sign this Petition and send it to ten people. Each signature
is being individually emailed to the Parks Commissioner.
Make the public, the media and other performers aware of May 8th.
The Petition now has over 800 signatures and is filled with terrific
comments by musicians, performers and their supporters. Sign Here:
Mayor Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner White: Repeal the park
restrictions on performers, musicians and artists.
Artists, musicians and performers are exercising their basic First
Amendment rights in parks. The expressive matter rules violate these
rights. The US Supreme court has ruled that: “Wherever the title of
streets and parks may rest, they have immemorially been held in trust
for the use of the public and, time out of mind, have been used for
purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and
discussing public questions. Such use of the streets and public places
has, from ancient times, been a part of the privileges, immunities,
rights and liberties of citizens.”
4/16/13 – Parks Dept Lying About Performer Ban
5/1/13 Parks Department Can’t Get Its Story Straight
Mayor Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner White: Repeal the park restrictions on performers, musicians.
Artists, musicians and performers are exercising their basic First Amendment rights in parks. The expressive matter rules violate these rights.