Monday, July 11, 2011

Homeless paper sues wealthy, suburban city

Street newspaper The Contributor has sued the city of Brentwood, Tennessee, claiming that an effort to clear newspaper vendors off its streets deprives them of free speech.

The Contributor, staffed mainly by the homeless and formerly homeless, and the ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court over Brentwood citing and fining eight of the newspaper’s street vendors.

In January, Calvin Hart, Andrew Harrington and several other vendors were cited after distributing the paper in Brentwood, which has caused other vendors of the newspaper to stay away from selling in the wealthy, suburban city, the suit states. Hart and Harrington also are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Read The Tennessean report here.


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