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Permit Denied for Occupy the Courts Protest at New York Federal Courthouse

Posted Jan 18, 2012 10:09 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An Occupy the Courts protest is planned outside more than 110 courthouses across the country on Friday, but the federal courthouse in Manhattan won't be among them.

The General Services Administration denied a permit for the protest at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan courthouse, according to Thomson Reuters News & Insight and a press release. The GSA said the protest would interfere with two events on Friday: a citizenship ceremony and the installation of a new federal judge.

The group sponsoring the protests, Move to Amend, is filing an administrative appeal. Meanwhile, the group has moved its protest to Zuccotti Park and plans a march to Foley Square, across from the courthouse.

A demonstration is also planned at the U.S. Supreme Court. A media advisory tells of a photo-op in which people dressed like Supreme Court justices will be doing songs and dances by The Supremes.

The demonstrations are slated to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision finding that corporations have a First Amendment right to support political candidates. Move to Amend supports a constitutional amendment abolishing corporate constitutional rights and declaring that political campaign spending is not a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.

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