Activists taking part in
the Victoria's Dirty Little Secret campaign were denied entrance to the
Capitola Mall on Saturday. (call to action).
The U.S. Supreme Court's Pruneyard Decision in 1980 guarantees the right
to free speech in privately-owned public areas such as shopping malls.
The mall security and two capitola cops denied the activists entry to the mall. The manager of
security said the protesters needed a permit to even stand at the entrance to the mall. The
protesters retreated to the streetside sidewalk in front of the mall.
This is directly opposed to a 1980 Supreme Court decision based on a very similar conflict that
happened not far from here. The Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell.
In short, Capitola police and security guards violated your constitutional rights.