Earlier this week, we wrote about the fact that some Washington state farmers markets have policies or practices that limit free speech activities, such as petition signature gathering and handing out political material. We asked you to sign a petition to the statewide organization asking them to protect the free speech rights of all market-goers. And over 800 ACLU-WA supporters responded!
Thanks to their efforts, the Washington State Farmers Market Association has heard the concerns and is eager to make changes. We will work with the Association to help them develop educational materials, model policies, and guidelines for market organizers across the state.
Thanks to all of you who responded, and thanks to the Washington State Farmers Market Association for recognizing the importance of free speech in our public spaces!