The organizer of a June 12 naked bike ride protest is heading to federal court on a mission to overturn San Diego’s anti-nudity ordinance, saying it doesn’t protect her right to engage in free speech by going without clothes in public.
“We think it’s too broad and sweeps all nudity into one big category,” said attorney Mitch Wallis, who plans to file a request for an injunction Wednesday on behalf of organizer Sarah Bush. She and others want to use the ride — and the nudity — to promote biking and oppose the country’s dependence on oil.
The legal brief, which says the nudity ordinance violates the First Amendment, puts Bush’s case this way: “The Plaintiff Is Entitled To Strip Naked, Paint Her Body With Political Slogans and Protest Important Public Issues.”
The city isn’t cooperating, and appears ready to crack down on any bicyclists who ride naked (or, in the case of women, topless) on the World Naked Bike Ride’s 10-mile route through Hillcrest and downtown.