Here is an article contributed by our colleague Kerri Lanoue about a decision by municipal government to restore an activist’s right to protest in Windsor, Ontario.
Take a look. One of the things it made me think about are the ways in which the state can legally restrict speech in the United States (anybody know what they are?) But I also considered what criteria were being employed in relation to this activist, and one was whether he was well-behaved or not.
Since one fundamental principle of ACT-UP, and of radical feminism, was to be disruptive and ill-behaved, I wondered what all of you thought about the place of bad behavior is in activism? When does it suit an activist agenda to be well-behaved? I have written about that in an article called Paths to Political Citizenship (2012), in which I compare GLBT activism and feminist activism in the 1970s.