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Free Speech Costs Money at Seattle’s Pike Place Market
When a town wants to ban free speech, the first thing they do is ban street performance and then label all political speech activity as street performance, thereby prohibiting free speech via street performance ordinances...This technique of squashing 1st Amendment rights has been effectively employed, in my opinion, by the City of Seattle...

Abbie Hoffman said, "Free means you don't pay for it." And America's constitutionally- guaranteed "Free Speech" has several freedom issues, including freedom from payment, freedom from political censorship, and the freedom to perform anonymously. As a street performer, "free" speech has been a long-fought battleground, and I see street performers as the canaries in the mine. When a town wants to ban free speech, the first thing they do is ban street performance and then label all political speech activity as street performance, thereby prohibiting free speech via street performance ordinances. Or, they sidestep and confuse constitutional free speech issues, by clouding them with street performance rules and regulations. Read more in my new book, 21st Century Essays on Street Performing aka Busking, on Kindle!

21st Century Essays on Street Performing aka Busking consists of first-person essays and interviews with contemporary street performers, aka "buskers." Book includes the following chapters: 1) Busker First Times, 2) How to Interact with Buskers, 3) Women Street Performers and Sexual Safety, 4) Using Buildings and Awnings as Microphones, 5) Take Back Your Entertainment, 6) Tips Street Performers Remember, 7) How to Pick a Street Performer Spot, 8) Selling Out as a Street Performer, 9) What Motivates Women Buskers, 10) I Wish Everyone Passed the Hat for Their Pay, 11) Free Speech Costs Money at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, 12) Street Performer Family Tree. If you do not own a Kindle, you can download the same technology that Kindle uses for free to your PC and read Kindle books on your computer, iPhone, etc. instead. I have also published other books on Amazon - just Google "Kirsten Anderberg Amazon" and they should all come up!


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