Blog Response 2

All three readings, touch upon the talk of freedom of speech; better known as the first amendment. In the Fallen Fruit it stretches freedom of speech in a good way. In the neighborhood of Los Angeles, fruit trees grown by people in their respective homes, and they had so much fruit that most was going bad. The author noticed that and began to pick the fruit from the trees that were no doubt rotting and were just going to be thrown away anyway. He then started a map of known fruit trees to spread the word around Los Angeles. It became a thing where 80 or 100 people would walk the streets and pick fruit from trees. This is a positive reinforcement of freedom of speech; where it was allowed to stress your liberty in the sidewalks of Los Angeles.

However the next 2 readings, The Right to the Sidewalk by Caitlin Cahill and Some Unresolved Constiuational Questions by Arthur Eisenberg elaborated the limitations of the freedom of speech in the areas of New York City. Cahill was showing the limitations in the sidewalks of NYC in colored neighborhoods predominantly. She went on to explain how the City’s police department was targeting people of color, just because they fit the description, as per Cahills example, “Dark Skinned…pants sagging…Latino” This shows the hindering of the liberty because people are targeted just for appearance. It makes the streets of New York unsafe for people to color to express their freedom when they’re hindered. The article by Eisenberg further articulates the idea that freedom of speech is hindered by the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) when they occupied Zuccotti Park. They were exercising their freedom of speech in a private, but yet public park, and they were forced to leave the park by the Police, and if they dared to enter the park would be faced with arrest. The protesters were unable to exercise their freedom of speech and organize in a public spot, because the Police hindered it; thus removing their rights of the first amendment.

Overall all articles stress the exercising of freedom of speech and the freedom of using a public space to however you see fit; within the respect of the law of course. Also how the freedom of public space can be swayed just as easily, because of the color of your skin, or the Police can easily threaten you, just like the protesters of Occupy Wall Street experienced when trying to enter a public space to protest.

1 thought on “Blog Response 2

  1. Christopher Swift

    This is an excellent summary of the readings, but you haven’t really responded to the questions posed in the Blog prompt: what are the obstacles to the production of places for free expression, and what is your vision of such a place?


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