The federal suit, filed by the ACLU of Tennessee on behalf of the newspaper, comes after Brentwood officials cited vendors seven times in a two-month period for violating a city law that prohibits the selling of merchandise in public rights-of-way.
From Jeff Woods at The City Paper:
“This newspaper is all about the entrepreneurial spirit that makes this country great,” said Calvin Hart, one of the newspaper’s vendors who was ticketed in Brentwood and joined the lawsuit as one plaintiff. “The selling of this newspaper is important because it allows the people in the community to directly help the less fortunate. It’s a win-win situation.”
The newspaper, which is printed by a nonprofit, works with close to 400 vendors and claims to have sold some 117,000 copies of this month's issue, Woods writes. It has also helped some formerly homeless people earn enough to afford housing.