Group Connected To January 6th Capitol Attack Cannot Paint Slogans On Streets, Judge Says
Black Lives Matter murals painted on the streets of New York City don’t give carte blanche for anyone who wants to add their own messages, a Manhattan judge has ruled.
According to the New York Daily News, Federal Judge Lorna Schofield ruled in Manhattan Thursday that the decision by the city to paint BLACK LIVES MATTER on streets this past summer, including on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower, constitutes government speech, not an open forum.
After the equality-driven murals were placed last year, not only in NYC but in Washington D.C. and in other cities across the nation, some groups that were opposed to the message — the message that Black lives do and must matter in America — demanded equal space.
Women For America First, a pro-Trump group that would later apply for the permits to hold a ‘Stop The Steal’ rally on January 6th in D.C. — the protests that would turn into deadly riot and attempted insurrection — formally requested that Mayor Bill de Blasio allow her group to paint their own slogan.
— Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) July 12, 2020
Women For America First founder Amy Kremer asserted that the city had turned their streets into an open forum, equally accessible to all. She wanted to paint “Engaging, inspiring, and empowering women to make a difference!” on a New York City street.
Now her case has made it to Federal court, and it’s another loss. Judge Schofield denies that the streets of the city were opened as a public forum, and affirms that there’s no absolute right to add a message to one.
Kremer’s group weren’t the only ones upset by the Black Lives Matter mural — NBC New York reported that it was repeatedly vandalized, with Juliet Germanotta finally being charged with ‘criminal mischief’ when she came back to damage the mural a second time.