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Your Call: What are the limits to the right to protest?


On the June 3rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to ban street protests after dark in response to acts of vandalism during a demonstration last month. The decision has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups and protests against the curfew. What are the responsibilities of demonstrators and when is it right for police to intervene? Where do you stand on protest curfews? It’s Your Call with Matt Martin, and you.


Jesse Choper, Earl Warren professor of Public Law at UC Berkeley’s School of Law

Michael Flynn, president of the National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area chapter from 2010 to 2013, and current Executive Board member

Web resources:

East Bay Express: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Institutes Ban on Nighttime Street Protests

ACLU on the Oakland Protest Curfew: Let the People March

ACLU: Know Your Rights – Demonstrations and Protests

SF Chron: Oakland, Just Say No More When Protests Get Out of Bounds

SF Chron: Sorry, Protesters: Oakland is Right to Impose New Rules