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Petition calls for free speech in Dealey Plaza on JFK anniversary

As Dallas authorities continue their ill-advised plan to ban all discussion of the causes of JFK’s death in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 2013, the local admirers of JFK who have held a Nov. 22 vigil for the slain president every year for decades are launching a petition drive to keep Dealey Plaza open to people of all points of view.

From John Judge of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA) via Change.org.

AllGov: Dallas mayor to meet COPA on JFK at 50

"JFK Shot Dead" hedlineAllGov, the government watchdog site, reports that Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says he will meet with John Judge of the Committee on Political Assassination (COPA) about the Dallas’ controversial planned commemoration of JFK’s assassination.

The dilemma in Dallas is, Can the city commemorate the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death without mentioning the enduring questions about the causes of his death. I doubt it.  …

Dilemma in Dallas: Free speech tensions occupy Dealey Plaza

JFK Postcard
The original story of gunfire that was abandoned.

The commemoration of a catastrophe is a tricky business, we learn from today’s Wall Street Journal.

With the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination approaching in November 2013, Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings has boldly come out in favor of observing the event without talking about its causes.

“For 40 minutes, we need to be focusing on the man, not the moment 50 years ago,” he said.

Welcome to JFK at 50. The moment has come not to talk about the moment. This is a dilemma in Dallas.

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