A group of activists in Long Island, NY are protesting for theirright to protest in area malls. This article explains how members of an antiwar group,Long Island Alliance forPeaceful Alternatives is pushing for the right to protestin various malls there, an action that is not supported by New YorkState law.However, according to the article, in California,free-speech rights are given to mall attendees despite the factthat the centers are private property.Though not a newissue nationally, this current go-round was prompted in March whenan 80-year-old man was arrested for protesting the Iraq war inSimon Property Group's Smith HavenMall.For our part, we understand both sides of theargument. Sure, protesters have many different venues likeblogging, to air their grievances, points out a Simon attorney inthe story. But in some of these suburban communities the mall isthe only place where people can gather and voice their opinions inperson to a large audience.Should companies like Simon just give inand let these people protest? Or will the activists bothershoppers, hurt sales and likely not pop into Banana Republic whenthey're done denouncing waterboarding tactics?

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