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Saturday, March 6

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A small blurb was posted on the Tribune's website last night about Chicago anti-war activist Andy Thayer filing a federal law suit against the City of Chicago. According to the article, the suit alleges infringement upon Thayer's 1st, 4th and 15th Amendment rights. A quick search of Cook County's Clerk of the Circuit Court website finds a case where it appears the charges have been dismissed.

What's interesting is that, Thayer was arrested in 2005 for staging a street-side news conference to discuss the fact that organizers were not granted a permit to protest. The following year, however, a permit was granted and again a permit was granted this year for a march on Michigan Avenue March 20 at 6 p.m. It's unclear whether Thayer's actions or involvement played any role in the city's sudden reversal on permit granting, but it's been a long time since any Chicago anti-war activist received the recognition they deserve.

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