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No Place for "Raging Pelican" at Tulane
by New Orleans Indymedia Friday, Sep. 10, 2010 at 10:09 PM

The Raging Pelican, a newsprint anti-authoritarian publication critical of the Gulf Oil Spill, was not allowed on Tulane University's campus last month at a public meeting called by the Federal Government. Listen to the confrontation with and reasoning of Tulane's campus security. 6min:29, 1.48MB, mp3

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A New Orleanian and University of New Orleans student, Dylan Barr, was escorted off Tulane University's campus by security for having copies of a newspaper, "The Raging Pelican," on his person. The paper is severely critical of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Barr was threatened with arrest had he refused to be escorted off the property.

Barr went to Tulane University's campus for a public meeting on August 4, 2010 convened by the United States Federal Government. He received an invitation from a friend that read:

"The Bureau of Ocean Energy Mgt, Regulation, and Enforcement (known prior as the Minerals Mgt Svc) will host the public mtg this Wed, Aug 4, at 9am, at Tulane University's McAlister Auditorium, 6823 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, 70118."

He brought copies of the recently printed "The Raging Pelican: Dispatches from the Louisiana Gulf War" to hand out to friends at the public meeting on Tulane's campus. The publication is produced by Crescent City Anti-Authoritarians (CCAA).


Click here for some Getty images from the event.


At stake is the understanding of "solicitation" and the commons.

Barr contends that he was only present to hand out the papers to peers, colleagues and friends who were expecting him to be there with the recently printed papers. Therefore these were unsolicited "transactions," part of freedom of association, movement and speech.

Since the meeting was called by the Federal Government and there was even a public comment period afterward, sunshine laws apply. Despite "normal" private property laws, Tulane's willingness to hold a Federal meeting on campus holds them to the standards of the constitution as regards public property, or the commons.

Campus security saw it differently and attest to that in the audio clip.

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