Anti-Corporate Xmas Caroling with Santa Cruz Art and Revolution

After receiving standing ovations on Pacific Avenue and during the Christmas – Chanukah – Quanzaa – Solstice Celebration at the Friends’ Meeting House, Santa Cruz Art and Revolution sang songs of holiday cheer and liberation in Capitola on December 22nd as part of their 8th Annual Post-WTO Anti-Corporate Xmas Caroling mini-tour. Anti-corporate Xmas carols were performed in front of a busy credit union, the Capitola Mall and “Traitor Joze.” The familiar tunes with unfamiliar lyrics brought smiles to many people passing by, but were met with resistance from the Capitola Mall Security Guards who objected to songs about “how all the corporations in the mall are evil.”

Attached below is the Post-WTO Anti-Corporate Xmas Carols Songbook by Santa Cruz Art and Revolution. The songbooks make for an excellent stocking-stuffer.

Oh, and guess what, Capitola Mall… if by chance you like to follow the courts, constitution and whatnot…. on December 24th, 2007, the California Supreme Court decided that…

Protesters can picket inside malls

This was the last holiday shopping season that California malls can dampen the free speech rights of customers urging boycotts of their retailers, a divided state Supreme Court said Monday.

The high court decided in a 4-3 ruling that the right to free speech granted by the California Constitution “includes the right to urge customers in a shopping mall to boycott one of the stores in the mall.”

Court: Malls can’t bar protesters, even on mall property

By Associated Press
Article Launched: 12/24/2007 12:45:11 PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO – Shopping malls can’t stop protesters from calling for boycotts of its stores, even when they’re on mall property, the California Supreme Court ruled today.

In a 4-3 decision, the justices ruled that California’s free-speech protections extend to demonstrators who set up inside shopping centers and urge customers not to stop there.

Today’s ruling upholds a 1979 state Supreme Court decision that found that shopping malls are public forums in which people’s free speech rights are protected by the California Constitution.

Court Ruling on Protests Curbs Malls in California
New York Times
Published: December 25, 2007

Justice Moreno said shopping malls were entitled to enact and enforce “reasonable regulations of the time, place and manner of such free expression,” to avoid a disruption of business.

“But they may not prohibit certain types of speech based upon its content,” he wrote, like speech urging a boycott of stores.

Where only the speech is free
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
SF Gate

You may be getting more than you bargained for when you venture into the local shopping mall with a trunkload of returns today. You just might find that you’ve happened upon the 2007 equivalent of a town square or community gathering place.

…get off the internet, I’ll see you… AT THE MALL ! 😉

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