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  • blog post Report Reggie Miles @ Bacon Fest

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Aug 6, 2010 - 11:45 by Reggie Miles

    Sunday August 22nd



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  • blog post Report Reggie Miles @ The Conway Muse

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Aug 6, 2010 - 11:45 by Reggie Miles
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  • blog post Report New video - "It's The Slide Of Your Size"

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Jun 16, 2010 - 10:15 by Reggie Miles
    There's a new venue in North Bend, WA. A group of musicians took over the old Sallal Grange Hall. Among the first events to be featured there on a regular, first Friday, monthly basis was an open mic, called Grangestock.

    I attended the fourth such event in May 2010 and was surprised by the receptive audience there. I was also impressed with the great stage sound but the icing on the cake was that this event was being captured in HD video.

    The videos are edited and posted online. What a joy to have such fine videos of my performances to share with family, friends and fans.

    So far, I've uploaded the video of my song, "Grossosity" here. It was one that I played that evening at Grangestock. How sweet it was to find that the microphones picked up all of the laughter in the audience during my presentation. I love this video!

    I've just posted the HD video of my song, "It's The Slide Of Your Size" to my uvumi site. This is another one from my set at Grangestock. Enjoy!
  • blog post Report Great new photos captured by Susana Bonadea

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Jun 4, 2010 - 22:45 by Reggie Miles
    Check out the incredible images captured of my performance at The Conway Muse by photographer Susana Bonadea!!! Very sweet!

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  • blog post Report NW Folklife Festival denies First Amendment rights

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on May 27, 2010 - 6:15 by Reggie Miles

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    Look at their proposed rules for street performers on their website. I've created a link to the page at their site below. I know that it's a lengthy read. There's no need to read the whole list, if you rather not, I've clipped a necessary portion, to illustrate my point, and included it in this post further on down.

    http://www.nwfolklife.org/get-involved/street-performers

    Then you can read through the last couple of paragraphs of the 5th page of the actual appellate court case at the link below.

    http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2009/06/24/05-35752.pdf

    The above link is to the entire court case pdf file. It's108 pages long but the pertinent info is on the 5th page. It describes the rules that were challenged in court by street performer, Michael Berger. If you compare the rules in the court case, which, btw, was won by Michael, to what is being proposed by the NW Folklife Festival you will see some remarkable similarities.

    How is it that the festival could have magically chosen some of the exact same rules to enact that the Seattle Center tried to use to restrict our First Amendment rights? Hmmm, I wonder? Was it because the NW Folklife Festival saw those managing the Seattle Center getting away with using them and so, they thought that they could get away with using them too? What do you think?

    Here are just some of the restrictions that the NW Folklife Festival wants to use against our First Amendment right to freedom of expression on the grounds of the Seattle Center during this, our Memorial Day weekend, when we honor those who have given their lives to secure our freedoms in this country.

    The following areas are off limits for street performing:

    * Covered walkways
    * Within 30 feet of a captive audience
    * Washrooms or entrances and exits of washrooms
    * Entrances and exits from any facility, door, loading dock, elevator or stairway
    * Inside of any building
    * The Fisher Green programmed area (the entire block). This space designated as a jamming space.
    * In the breezeway between the Alki Room and the Snoqualmie Room
    * On the South, East and West sides of the Alki Room
    * Handicap access to any location
    * Any areas designated by the Street Performer Coordinators as "off limits"

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    And below are the rules deemed unconstitutional by the courts. You'll note a disturbing trend being proposed above by the NW Folklife Festival. They are trying to dictate where we can and cannot play on the grounds. The courts have deemed these actions as unconstitutional.

    Read the rules F.5, G.4, and C.5 below. They all pertain to the court having granted our freedom of expression as being unrestricted as to place. Even though the NW Folklife Festival would have us believe otherwise, our freedom of expression cannot be dictated to us by this event. Yet, that is what they are proposing that they have the right to do.

    They are in direct violation of the court's decision in this matter and as such in support of denying Americans our First Amendment rights on the grounds of this "public" park during this national holiday.

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    Rule F.1, which requires
    "street performers" to obtain a permit before performing at
    the Center and to wear a badge displaying that permit while
    performing;

    Rule F.2, which sets forth the terms and conditions
    for acquiring a "Street Performer Permit";

    Rule F.3.a,
    which bars street performers from "actively solicit[ing] donations";

    Rule F.5, which limits street performances to sixteen
    designated locations
    ; and

    Rule G.4, which prohibits all Seattle Center visitors, other than Center employees and licensed concessionaires, from engaging in "speech activities" within thirty feet of a "captive audience."

    Rule C.5 defines a "captive audience" as "any person or group of persons: 1) waiting in line to obtain tickets or food or other goods or services, or to attend any Seattle Center event; 2) attending or being in an audience at any Seattle Center event; or 3) seated in any seating location where foods or beverages are consumed."

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    Since this event's organizers seem to have a difficult time understanding big words like "unconstitutional", let me offer, here, the actual legal definition of the word for them.

    Unconstitutional - When a statute is found to be unconstitutional, it is considered void or as if it had never been, and consequently all rights, contracts, or duties that depend on it are void. Similarly, no one can be punished for having refused obedience to the law once it is found to be unconstitutional.

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    I hope that this little lesson helps the Northwest Folklife Festival, who, thus far, continue to openly demonize, threaten, intimidate, and punish those engaged in exercising their First Amendment rights.

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