Homeless newspaper sues city over right to sell

Homeless newspaper sues city over right to sell (Image 1)

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Nashville newspaper about homelessness is suing the wealthy suburb of Brentwood over the right of its vendors to distribute there.

The case comes after several vendors of The Contributor were cited by police for selling the $1 newspaper on the city's sidewalks.

The newspaper is a nonprofit that aims to educate the public on homelessness and help its vendors financially.

The paper and two vendors are suing in federal court, alleging violations of their rights to free speech, expression and the press. They are asking the court to declare Brentwood's ordinance unconstitutional.

American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee attorney Tricia Herzfeld represents the paper. She said this is the only suit of its kind that she knows of.

A call to City Attorney Roger Horner was not immediately returned.

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