March 05, 2003

Give Peace a Cozy Cell

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A man was charged with trespassing in a mall after he refused to take off a T-shirt that said "Peace on Earth" and "Give peace a chance."

Mall security approached Stephen Downs, 61, and his 31-year-old son, Roger, on Monday night after they were spotted wearing the T-shirts at Crossgates Mall in a suburb of Albany, the men said. (link via

Posted by fred1st at March 5, 2003 10:02 AM | TrackBack

I often wondered what the neo-nazi uber-assholes did for regular work. Mall security eh? I can see that.

ps... mr teste found his specs

Wishing a great day for my favorite vintage blogger!

Posted by: Anne at March 5, 2003 11:56 AM

That's absolutely appalling! Not to mention an egregiious violation of his civil rights! I just don't know . . . I feel completely sick to my stomach right now.

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at March 5, 2003 12:34 PM

Coons posted this today:

Investigate a little further into this story. These men were NOT arrested for wearing T-shirts. They were handing out literature and getting into arguments with the mall patrons. An employee complained to security. Security and a mall executive then asked the men to remove their shirts or leave the mall. When one of the men refused, they were arrested for trespassing.

The mall, being a private business, has every right to demand the men leave the premises.

Posted by: feste at March 6, 2003 04:56 PM

The underlying issue here is the diappearance of the public square. There is no place to go and speak your mind, no place for public discourse. Sure you can get some like-minded people together to have a rally so you can preach to the choir, but the audience you want to reach is at the Mall or home watching TV, both of which are controlled by private commercial interests.

You have free speech, sure (at least for now). But there is no free audience. For that you pay big bucks or thrash in anonymity.

Posted by: Cody Clark at March 6, 2003 05:44 PM

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