Legal Remedy sought against Catholic Charities.
Last night, my attempts to distribute fliers were substantially impaired by a staff or volunteer. I was also informed that I am not to take any photographs at Catholic Charities.
Here is a photo which would be prohibited:
This is a picture of the security camera on the second floor of the Branch building which records us where we sleep.
Another photo which would be prohibited is this photograph of the computer lab notice I took today at Branch 3.
People were playing Madden 2010. They asked I not take their picture. The staff then told me that I could not take photographs inside.
I did take photographs outside of Branch 3 to show Madden2010. Because people requested I not take their picture, this photo only really shows Madden2010 on the screen.
You can see how the images are of a substantially reduced quality.
I argued that my first ammendment rights are at stake. Essentially, I am claiming that they are setting up a charity curtain to keep information about conditions from getting in and out of the Branch. At the same time, I am attempting to pierce the charitable “veil”. If the state operated these services directly, the first ammendment protections would be transparent. Outsourcing the services creates the opportunity to deny the first amendment.
As a homeless person, I cannot simply come and go as I please, so I’ve tried to reach out to people inside the shelter system. Volunteer groups come in. Not only do they get the flier, but they provide immediate confirmation that I am in a homeless shelter. We make a connection.
I felt that the emergency order was necessary because the SHOW WILL BE OFF THE AIR after next week! This is the time to save Dollhouse.
In any event, the Judge denied my request for an emergency order. A hearing on the matter is set for February 3, 2010. Here is the Judge’s order.
My position is that this will be too late to save the show! In any case, here are my pleadings. Please excuse any mistakes, I drafted these in a bit of haste. I was kicked out of Branch and went straight to Hennepin County Courthouse. I only had about 3 hours to put this together. Not being primarily a civil lawyer, I’m sure I made some mistakes. (It’s not easy to practice law while homeless.)