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Forum Post: City of Houston Texas forecloses on Occupy Houston's Nativity Display

Posted 3 years ago on Dec. 22, 2011, 2:32 p.m. EST by seshata (40) from Houston, TX
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMubMS5vQLY

The City of Houston Texas forecloses on Occupy Houston's Nativity Display located in the Free Speech Zone of Tranquillity Park and adjacent to the Mayor's corporate sponsored Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting presented by Reliant Energy. "The 10' x 10 ' area inside of the red square only is considered the First Amendment Expression Area".

Vas was arrested 12/21/11 for camping within the Free Speech Zone. He was not ticketed for violating the City Ordinances regarding "placing or erecting structures of any kind in the park" even though the Nativity Display used a tent to protect it inclement weather.

http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/pdfs/FreeSpeechArea/Tranquillity%20Park.pdf

From the Parks and Recreation Department—

"First Amendment Expression Areas are open to users for exercise of their First Amendment rights during park hours. Locations of First Amendment Expression Areas are listed below in alphabetic order. Although it is not a requirement of the area's use, it is recommended that all users register to avoid conflicts. Users must register with the HPARD Permits Office (832) 395-7012 in order to reserve the area in advance."

Pictures:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.111503185633423.13404.100003212258430&type=1

Also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5fRawyh1Ik Occupy vs. Nativity Scene (feat. Baby Jesus)