First Amendment

1st Amendment optional at Sinclair Community College

Apparently, Sinclair Community College is not part of the United States, nor does it have to follow the law of the land. David Sparks of the Dayton Informer posted today that he was run off the Sinclair Community College courtyard by the campus police when setting up his camera. When he went to the “business Read More

Free Hugs panhandlers in the Oregon District

Dayton panhandler law- it’ll cost us.

With a serious shortage of police on the street, no new hires in sight, we’re going to make holding a sign up on the corner illegal? Really? Besides the slight problem with the U.S. constitutional protection of free speech, the city is going to “fine” or “incarcerate” panhandlers? Why not just give them minimum-wage jobs Read More

Could Dayton have a legal problem with its petitions and process?

If there is one thing I’ve learned about the petition process over the years- it’s all in the interpretation of the rules, as decided by the Board of Elections and the Secretary of State. However, the Dayton City Charter makes its own provisions for the process, written in 1913 and amended multiple times. But, when Read More

Esrati “the ninja” featured in Wired Magazine

Hopefully, this won’t be my first and last appearance in Wired Magazine (and maybe next time they’ll even put my name in)- but, I was honored to be mentioned in my favorite magazine, Sept. 2010 issue., page 54: My town council has banned me from attending its meetings because I criticized one of its members Read More

Where to draw the line on free speech.

I love the First Amendment, in fact, I was willing to stake my personal freedom and all I owned to defend my rights to protest. I’ve been jailed, persecuted, ridiculed and have continued to suffer the consequences of small minded people who never quite get what went on when I donned the mask and became Read More

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