March 12, 2013
Statement of ACLU of Colorado legal director Mark Silverstein on the Colorado Springs City Council’s decision to repeal the downtown no-solicitation zone
“The ACLU of Colorado is pleased that Colorado Springs has decided to repeal this overbroad, ill-advised and unconstitutional ordinance.
It was a tremendous overreach to try to forbid any and all solicitation in a huge 12-city block downtown area. The City was unable to cite a single case in which a court had upheld such a breathtakingly broad restriction of speech.
“We are delighted that the free expression rights of musicians, theater performers, nonprofit fundraisers and others will be restored and respected.”