[Hpn] ALERT: Hawker & Panhandler BAN proposed to Tuscon AZ City Council

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Sun, 17 Sep 2000 22:47:30 -0700 (PDT)

FORWARD PLEASE to nonviolent defenders of civil liberties:

Are newspaper vending and panhandling constitutional Free Speech rights?

FWD  Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Sep 14, 2000


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ A proposal to ban newspaper hawkers and
panhandlers from street medians may be considered by the City
Council soon.

In 1998, two hawkers died after being struck in separate
incidents and the city started requiring vendors to wear orange
safety vests.

There reportedly haven't been any deaths or major injuries since

Nevertheless, Councilwoman Carol West is expected to recommend
next month a phase-out of all activity on street medians by spring.

West already has enough support on the council to enact the ban.

She is the head of the Median Task Force, made up of
politicians, police, social agency staffers, newspaper executives
and others.

The group has been meeting since spring on what to do about
beggars and vendors, whose presence has sparked complaints to City
Hall about safety, traffic hazards and the city's image.

Some advocates for the homeless say it's wrong to take away jobs
from the hawkers, who have few other options.

``To take the poorest working people in this community and kick
them out of their jobs, I think that's criminal,'' said Brian Flagg
of Casa Maria soup kitchen, which feeds many of the city's

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