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Vandalism or Art? Part I in the SF Chronicle

The urge to express oneself by writing on a blank wall is as old and primal as cave painting. But one tagger's colorful imagery is another person's ugly scrawl. One thing is certain: Graffiti's not going away.

Steven Winn, Chronicle Arts and Culture Critic

Monday, March 7, 2005

Know Your Rights in the USA

From the ACLU:
To fight police abuse effectively you need to know your rights. There are some things you should do, some things you must do and some things you cannot do. If you are in the middle of a police encounter, you need a handy and quick reference to remind you what your rights and obligations are.

    • Be polite and respectful. Never bad-mouth a police officer.
    • Stay calm and in control of your words, body language and emotions.
    • Don't get into an argument with the police.

    New York City Graffiti Laws

    No person shall write, paint or draw any inscription, figure or mark of any type on any public or private building or other structure or any other real or personal property owned, operated or maintained by a public benefit corporation, the city of New York or any agency or instrumentality thereof or by any person, firm, or corporation, or any
    personal property maintained on a city street or other city-owned property pursuant to a franchise, concession or revocable consent granted by the city, unless the express permission of the owner or operator of the property has been obtained.

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