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Successful Protest Against Backpack Bigotry Restores Street Scene for Two Hours
Robert Norse
Cafe HUFF's sidewalk stop-and-slp station fielded mini-cups of free coffee to musicians, activists, sign-totters, tourists, and students outside the Coffee Roasting Company. The focus was a protest on anti-homeless Backpack Bans infecting the Roaster, Peets, Starbucks, Lulu Carpenters and other businesses downtown. We encouraged Roaster patrons to question the policy and encourage the management to restore fairer treatment. Even the six cops assigned to surveille the decaf demo were invited to lift a cup (but declined). One angry defender of the police tore up a sign, but otherwise participants endorsed the protest with enthusiasm Well satisfied with the two-hour long anti-discrimination demo, they vowed to return next Wednesday to continue the public educational process.

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