Police Violence in February 1, 2014 Nudity Ban Protest

Gypsy Taub organized a February 1, 2014 non-violent (as always) protest at the Plaza in the Castro District.  We were attacked by the San Francisco Police.  The content of my speech was pretty much the same as the prior post on the campaign strategy.  The upside of the police attack is it demonstrates the seriousness of the Body Freedom movement to the state.  The attack also adds legitimacy to my claims that after 8 years, I can no longer publically speak in San Francisco and it’s not oversensitivity that makes me speak in other cities in exile.

Below are reports of the protest from Rusty Mills and Tortuga Bi-Liberty (SUN):

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SF, Feb 1, Sat.: nudist rally attacked by SF cops in Castro
by SUN + Rusty ( nakity-owner [at] yahoogroups.com )
Monday Feb 3rd, 2014 1:40 PM

The hybrid city-county of San Francisco saw many body-freedom rallies during 2012-2013.
These protests have not previously provoked SF police to violence.
But the first rally of 2014, held on Saturday, February First, at Jane Warner Plaza,
was different….

SF: Feb. 1 bodyfreedom rally attacked by SF cops


anti-Wienerite rally
attacked by police

[ posted in a Yahoogroup on] Sun Feb 2, 2014 1:10 pm (PST) .

Posted by:
“Rusty Mills” rusty94114

Yesterday’s rally in San Francisco
against “Wiener’s Law”
was halted midway
by a police attack on several of the participants.

The event was a rally to protest San Francisco’ s law against public nudity
— a law now in place for one year.
There have been a number of such rallies during this past year, many of them punctuated by illegal police actions and violations of the U.S. Constitution by city authorities.
But yesterday’ s event was the first in which police officers began acting like thugs and violently assaulted a participant.

The rally took place in Jane Warner Plaza
in the Castro District.
It began with a political speech by George Davis, who provided the crowd with some interesting information about how Supervisor Scott Wiener (the author of the anti-nudity law) was elected in 2010 with the help of a $200,000 political donation by a Southern California real estate tycoon,
and how Wiener, after being elected, began pushing legislation to overturn rent control laws and environmental restrictions affecting real estate developments.

During his speech George removed his cover-up garment to assert his Constitutional right to freedom of political expression — i.e., nudity as part of a political campaign centered on the issue of nudity itself. Several other participants did the same.
The police then interrupted the rally to say that the activists had five minutes to cover up.

The next speech was mine.
(I’ve posted the text of this speech in the Files section of this group. It’s called “Why freedom?” .)

In the middle of my speech the police strong-armed their way through the crowd
and violently wrestled one of the nude participants, Gamelia Numu, to the ground.
Two officers kneed him in the back while two others held him down.
Yelling in pain, Numu was handcuffed, pulled to his feet and marched to a waiting police van. George Davis was also handcuffed and led away.
[ I was told that Gypsy Taub and Jaymz Smith were also arrested.]

This shocking display of violence and illegal police behavior ended the rally.

One observer told me that Numu had resisted arrest,
and that the police were therefore justified in assaulting him.
This viewpoint ignores the fact that Wiener’s Law does not permit an arrest
— a violation [ “infraction”] has the same status as a parking violation,
not a criminal offense.
The police do not have the authority to make an arrest, only to issue a citation.
Therefore, Numu was not resisting arrest,
and the police had no basis even for touching him, let alone assaulting him.

If there is a silver lining to this disgusting incident, it is that the corrupt thugs who currently dominate the San Francisco’ s city government have just supplied us
with the strongest ammunition yet to use against them in federal court
when our lawsuit to overturn Wiener’s Law comes to trial.


[ Notes by SUN:

[A] Violating THIS particular
city-county ordinance
not even a misdemeanor.
Thus, technically, not a “crime”.
[B] In California,
an infraction can be punished by a fine,
but NOT by a jail sentence.
[C] This particular infraction carries a [relatively] low fine
— one hundred dollars.
Many common infractions have higher fines.
[D] MOST infractions, in SF, are about over-parking,
failing to pay bus fare, etc..
Most ticketed [ “cited”] persons merely mail a check
to the clerk of the
TRAFFIC court.
If a person wants to protest her ticket,
she must get onto the calendar of the traffic court,
to be arraigned, tried, diverted, whatever.
— NOT the criminal court,
Below is a text of Rusty Mills’ speech that was interrupted and unable to be fully presented because of SFPD raid and arrest of nudist activists at the political protest at JWP.

 ============TEXT OF RUSTY’S SPEECH BELOW================

I’m always amazed when people ask me “Why are you doing
this?”  In other words, “Why do you want the freedom to
be naked in public?” Or sometimes they are more
confrontational and they ask “Why are you openly
displaying your body?” or “Why should society allow you
to be a nudist?” or “What’s wrong with having a law
that forces you to wear clothes?”

I’m amazed that they don’t understand that the freedom
to engage in a harmless activity is a fundamental
freedom. The freedom to choose one’s mode of dress is just
as fundamental as the other freedoms that they take for

For someone to ask me “Why should you be allowed to be a
nudist?” is like asking a gay couple “Why do you
want the freedom to hold hands in public?” or asking
someone wearing a yarmulke “Why are you openly displaying
your jewishness?” or asking a marijuana user “Why should
society allow you to smoke pot?” or asking a christian
“What’s wrong with having a law that forces you to be a

Such questions reveal a lack of understanding of the concept
of personal freedom. But then, few people ever critically
examine their own views on freedom or fully support the
principles they claim to believe in. If they did, our
society would experience a flowering of freedom and
happiness the like of which has never been seen.

So, when it comes to freedom, most individuals in our
society talk the talk… but fail to walk the walk. The same
is true of our nation as a whole. America has never actually
abided by the principles of personal freedom that play such
a major role in American political rhetoric; we don’t even
fully abide by the rules stated in our official laws and

But America is not alone — no other society that I’ve
ever heard of has done so either. In fact, I think the
U.S.A. has done better than most countries. However, the
U.S., like many other nations, has started to backslide. The
forces of totalitarianism are making headway all over the
world — just think of the NSA, or Russia’s slide into
medievalism, or Africa’s descent into religious insanity,
as a few examples.

This is why the nudism issue is particularly important right
here and now. San Francisco has long enjoyed a reputation
for having a rational approach toward personal freedom. Now
we are seeing that reputation being
eroded by an influx of thoughtless social-climbers and their
lackeys in the city government.

Think of the nudity issue as a bellwether for San
Francisco’s future with regard to personal freedom and
appreciation for the off-beat and avant garde. If the
supporters of liberty are to vanquish the prudes, bigots,
and strait-laced money-grubbers in the larger scheme of
things, then we need to vanquish them here and now in this
smaller arena of clothing freedom!

I say: SUPPORT FREEDOM! Defeat the prudes and their lackeys
in City Hall!

or the civil court.




About urbannudism

I teach a course on the "History of Free Body Culture Movements in Europe and America". I practice "urban nudism" in San Francisco on nice days. With a core group of a dozen nudists activists helped create the first non-beach clothing optional community urban park in America.
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  2. [Translation By Jeff Thompson of the message ]

    Naturalness, action, conviction.

    Nakedness is the natural state of the human person. If we give nakedness a name such as “nudism”, we grant that it is an act – a position which comes from the social normality of dressing. This is not so, because it is from the normality of nakedness that the social normality of dressing comes. When social “textilism” was made common, the prohibitions against remaining naked began.

    Thus, it was from natural nakedness that “textilism” arose. If we find it hard to perceive this – or we don’t perceive it at all – perhaps it is because we are immersed in the dominant “textilism”. Nor do we perceive the ambient noises or smells that surround us daily. One way or another then, if I defend “nudism”, I also defended the socially dominant “textilism”.

    It may be necessary to construct a religion where, among what may be its divinely ordained precepts, there would be one for remaining naked as much as possible. It is possible that this conviction would be more acceptable to those people who are used to following the moral guidelines of a religion. In fact, some of the practitioners of Jainism already use nakedness as part of a religious conviction .

    In any case,the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has already mentioned beliefs as something to be respected. This is also mentioned in the Spanish Constitution, the Statute of Catalonia and most of the rulings of the High Court.


    I claim that I have the deepest conviction that:

    1. Nakedness is the natural state of the human person.

    2. That a natural state cannot affect people – particularly children – who have not been subjected to messages constructed to the contrary.

    3. That remaining naked is not an action.

    4. That covering parts of the human anatomy is an action or conduct.

    5. That being naked has nothing to do with sex – or no more so than being dressed in various ways.

    6. That if we give a name to remaining naked, we are still playing the “textilism” game which describes nakedness as an action or conduct, when it is evident that textilism appeared after remaining naturally naked and that that we can therefore describe it as the action or conduct.

    Make these arguments and convictions yours if you want to liberate nakedness…

    Just Roca

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