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  • 11:57:05 am on November 6, 2008 | 0


    Christopher Drew

    Christopher drew sat up against a light post in front of the Chicago Institute of Art Tuesday, eating a large, pumpernickel and undetermined smell sandwich. He had his silkscreen set on his lap and his artwork weighted down on the sidewalk with Vitamin C and other nutrient bottles. His literature was a little more hidden, but those who sat down to talk quickly learned that he was protesting.

    Drew, 58 is the founder of the Free Speech Artists’ Movement in Uptown, which protests the Chicago peddler law, passed in 1994, which prohibits artists from selling their work on the sidewalks throughout the loop. “We’re going to sue the city for our speech rights,” he said, “so [one] can speak, but he can’t sell a portrait for a dollar.”

    Drew asked for donations in exchange for his silkscreen patches, which read “Obama protect the constitution vote for negotiation in place of war… Biden,” with a border that provides information on hiswebsite


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