NUDITY BAN PROTEST / BODY FREEDOM PARADE – THURSDAY JUNE 20 @ 12 NOON IN FRONT OF SF CITY HALL STEPS

Nudity Ban Protest - June 20, 2013, San Francisco

PROTEST AGAINST NUDITY BAN – Thursday, June 20th @ 12 noon – in front of City Hall

Please come join us in our ongoing struggle against the nudity ban. Let’s make it clear to the power brokers: we are not going to surrender our constitutional rights no matter how many times the City chooses to violate them.

Body freedom is our birth right and no one but ourselves has any authority over our bodies. The City government is overstepping its boundaries and imposing tyranny on us.

I have an arraignment on June 19 for the last 3 citations that I got. I am facing 3 years in jail for exercising my 1st Amendment rights. Those citations were given to me at the last nudity ban protest on March 22nd.

This is what San Francisco has become. What a shame! If you don’t want your rights to be taken away from you one by one, if you are outraged about the City shredding your constitutional rights, please come join us on June 20th.

The nudity ban made exceptions for city permitted parades. They said we would be allowed to be nude at city permitted parades. I applied for a permit and was denied. I was told by the event coordinator Sgt Mark Moreno that his superiors told him that our event would not be safe for the cars. I aksed Mark Moreno to email me a written statement explaining why we were denied permit. He said he would but so far he hasn’t.

This is what so called “democratic” Supervisor Scott Wiener and the other 5 “democrats” on the Board who voted with Scott Wiener have pushed down our throats. This is what they call “democracy”.

Please help us overturn the nudity ban and restore our constitutional rights as well as our body freedom rights!
Whether you choose to get naked or not please come and support freedom of choice (your choice)!

Gypsy Taub
gypsytaub(at)gmail(dot)com

GYPSY’S SPEECH AT JUNE 20 PROETEST:

Dear friends, dear body freedom supporters, dear journalists,

Thank you all so much for coming out to stand up for body freedom. Your presence here is historically important to all of us. Thank you for taking a stand for what you believe in!
Please, join my email list if you haven’t yet.

My name is Gypsy Taub. If you want to watch my TV series called “The Naked Truth” it airs on Saturdays at 10 PM on channel 29. You can find it online at www.MyNakedTruth.TV
As the City continues to violate our constitutional rights we continue to protest against this illegal, illegitimate self-proclaimed shadow government. As we all know the nudity ban was forced on the people of San Francisco despite the fact that the majority of the public was against it, despite the fact that it goes against the state law of California and despite the fact that it violates our constitutional rights such as the 1 st Amendment (our right to freedom of speech and self-expression), the 14th Amendment (that gives us equal protection rights) and the Declaration of Independence that protects our right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

As we all know we were all born naked. As we all know, there are numerous cultures around the world that live nude every day of their lives. Yet we go around pretending that the human body is obscene and that it hurts children. Our society feeds children graphic violence and poisonous processed food that is known to cause cancer and diabetes.

Let’s face it, it has nothing to do with protecting children. In this city it is perfectly legal to beat your child as long as you don’t use objects like a belt. Even though you can kill a child just using your hands, it is perfectly legal to beat them with your hands.

I was shopping at Berkeley Bowl one day and I saw a father hit his young son in the head in front of everybody. I called the police. The police arrived but they did absolutely nothing. They don’t even report this kind of abuse to the child protective services. Yet if someone stripped naked in front of that child they would be facing jail time and become registered as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.

When Scott Wiener and his corporate Wiener suckers on the Board of Supervisors passed the nudity ban they said that nudity would be allowed at city permitted parades. I recently applied for a parade permit and was denied. The explanation was: “Your parade is not safe for cars.”

According to the nudity ban public nudity is punishable by a citation, not an arrest. Yet at every protest we have had since February 1st illegal arrests were made.

We were arrested 3 times while clearly exercising our 1st Amendment rights, once while engaging in a dance performance and twice while making political speeches in front of the City Hall. Our nudity was political without a doubt.

We went to court to fight our citations. Media was denied access to our trials. ABC news applied for a permit to film and was denied. So was the Norwegian documentary film maker Jan Dalchow. The City obviously has something to hide. They don’t want their dirty laundry aired on ABC news and in an award winning documentary.

At the first 2 trials our charges were nearly dismissed due to the absence of the arresting officers but the City attorney’s lawyers pressured the judges to uphold the charges.
Both judges also said that they had no authority to deal with constitutional issues. Here is the text of the oath that judges take before taking office:
“I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California.” According to this text Scott Wiener and the City attorney Dennis Herrera are domestic enemies of the Constitution and our judges swore to protect us from them. But apparently corporate power brokers are above the law.

I had an arraignment for my last 3 citations yesterday. I had completed 60 hours of low income services. Normally the charges get automatically dropped once proof of services is given to the judge. However, the City attorney representative bullied the judge and wouldn’t let her drop my charges that she was very much willing to drop. In the end the DA dismissed one of the charges and gave me a reduced fine of $300 for the other two.

Had my last 3 violations been treated as misdemeanors I could have got up to 1 year in jail per violation. How many of you feel safe to exercise your 1st Amendment right now?

We are the people of San Francisco. It is up to us and not up to a handful of corrupt bureaucrats to decide what our city stands for.

Does anybody here remember why San Francisco was named “San Francisco”?

San Francisco was named after Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis was an Italian Catholic preacher. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most respected religious figures in history. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy.

Saint Francis served lepers, preached to many people, and even to animals. He renounced possessions, and rebuilt small churches.
“I shall go naked to meet my naked Lord.”

These were the words St Francis of Assisi addressed to his father in one of the most well-known scenes from his life.

Francis had taken some of his merchant father’s finest materials to raise funds to rebuild the Church of St Damian. For this act his father brought him before the court on charges of theft and of rebellion against parental authority. And so the famous scene unfolded. The trial took place before the bishop and his court in the presence of Francis’ father and other merchants and townspeople.
In response to the charges laid against him, Francis proclaimed: “I return not only my money, but also my clothes. I shall go naked to meet my naked Lord.” At which he stripped off all his clothes, threw them to his father and walked off naked. This is who San Francisco was named after.

Scott Wiener, Mayor Lee and the City Attorney Dennis Herrera have made a 180 degree turn away from what Saint Francis represented. They are trying to destroy our history, our heritage, our culture. They are trying to destroy the honesty, dignity, freedom and compassion that San Francisco stands for.

What are they going to do next? Rename San Francisco into Wiener-town? Will San Francisco be declared a “constitution free zone”? It already is.

Our elected officials and our judges are continuously flushing the constitution down the toilet. They are hoping that with time we will forget all about it. They are hoping that with time we will forget about our history, about our values, about our dignity. They are hoping that with time we will forget about freedom. They are hoping that we will forget who we are.

The power brokers are drunk on stolen power. They may not realize that it is up to the people and not up to them to decide what’s right and what’s wrong in this city. But it is very important that we realize that it is all up to us. The power brokers can only rule us against our will if we let them. We need to stand up for what we believe in, for our rights, for body freedom, for freedom of choice.

Let’s lead the way. Let’s start practicing more body freedom in our lives and let’s start openly talking about it everywhere we go, at home, at work, with our friends, our co-workers, wherever possible.

We all need to come out of the closet about our views about nudity. Too many of us still feel insecure about our desires to be free from body shame. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Just as there is nothing to be ashamed of if you are gay. Sexual freedom would be impossible if masses of people hadn’t come out of the closet.

Let’s all come out of the closet. Let’s make a commitment to become free from body shame. Let’s take little steps if big steps are hard to take. I encourage you to start talking about body shame and body freedom to more and more people in your lives. Let’s become more and more free, little by little. With time the difference will become huge in your personal lives and in our life as a society. Let’s reclaim our personal freedom and then our collective freedom. Let’s remember that we create our own reality and that the future of our city is entirely up to us.

5 thoughts on “NUDITY BAN PROTEST / BODY FREEDOM PARADE – THURSDAY JUNE 20 @ 12 NOON IN FRONT OF SF CITY HALL STEPS

  1. Paul Anderson

    It’s nice to see you fighting for your rights and freedoms. Was the law changed by a majority of the people or by the few on the council? Here it is the 19th and I was wondering how your court date was. If you go to jail for 3 years who is going to take over for you? Be safe.

  2. Chuck

    Good luck on this one.

    There is a time and a place for everything, and if you violate “their” laws, well, take responsibility for your actions. Protesting is fine, I’m all for freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but if you openly violate the rules then be prepared for what lays before you.

    Worse case, in this case you will receive a fine. own it

    1. Kevin

      Chuck, I think maybe you at least used the wrong language in your comment, as in “take responsibility for your actions.” That has a way of sounding like you are saying Gypsy should not have done it, it is her own fault, she should suffer the consequences and not say anything about it, just do her penance and learn a lesson.

      But you see, she has actually been very responsible about standing up for what she sees as what is right and what is the freedom this country is supposed to stand for. She has contended from the beginning that this law is unjust and illegal. There are many people, including MANY of our founding fathers, who contended that it is everyone’s responsibility to stand up against injustice and fight it and not be cowered by it or allow its oppression. Geez, that is unquestionably what the Declaration of Independence was completely about, and the point of the Revolution. This is unquestionably the responsibility that Gypsy has stood for. Suggesting that she has not acted responsibly is at least misguided.

      And I note, everything she has done has been completely peaceful. It has been your basic civil disobedience, the refusal to be subjected to what she contends is illegal subjugation of the law. Whether one agrees with her point or not, you have to respect her for her effort, and yes, recognize how responsible she has been. Her efforts here and her reasons and reasoning and the values behind them have been truly exemplary, and highly honorable — and observers should highly respect that regardless of whether they even agree with her. I think Gypsy’s attitudes about standing up for what is right should be an example for all Americans. And I don’t see how she could be any more responsible than rising to that level.

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