From: Marc S.
Sent on: Friday, April 16, 2010 9:32 PM
Hi all,

I received this from a group member. I thought you all might be interested in seeing it as well.

NYC artists are on the brink of losing their right to sell art to the public. Read below, and get involved if you can.


NYC is the only city where artists are protected by First
Amendment Law and can sell their
artwork on public land such as parks and sidewalks and can do
so for absolutely free. This right of NYC artists was hard won
through several lawsuits by artists over the past 40 years.
However, artists
are in real danger of losing that right! On Saturday, April
23rd Mayor Bloomberg and the Parks Commission are holding a
hearing, the intent of which is to eliminate that right and to
get rid of the
street artists. ?The city would like the public to think that
the reason has to do with issues of safety, congestion or
unruliness. It is none of those! The truth is that the city
wants to take the space
that is free to artists and rent it to corporations for fees of
up to $500,000.00 a year. This tactic is called privatization
of public land and is illegal. The mayor likes to give the
impression that he is a patron of the arts but he actually only
promotes and does favors for his few favorites. ?He will be
embarrassed by a large show of people who are against his anti-
artist and anti-First Amendment tactics. ?Please, if this is of
interest to you I urge you to go this website

Read the current articles and posts and subscribe to find out
all about the issue.
Come and be part of the protest that will take place at 10 am,
one hour before the protest at the Chelsea Recreation Center,
430 West 25th Street in NYC. Thanks and wish us luck!!


Marc Scheff's Illustration:?Portfolio,?Blog,?Twitter,?Facebook Fan Page, Online Store

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