In response to a Saturday story we posted regarding the management at the Streets of Brentwood booting veterans out of the facility for peacefully protesting Jane Fonda playing Nancy Regan in the “The Butler”, the Red Legacy, LLC. has issued the following statement.
The response was issued after the company received several emails/letters from our readers stating their opposition to the “booting” and vowed not to shop there in protest.
On Friday afternoon, August 16th, a small group of people gathered outside the AMC Theater at The Streets of Brentwood. This group was protesting the casting of Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan in The Butler. After a brief conversation, the General Manager of The Streets of Brentwood asked the group to leave the property and they did. Since then, several people have written and called to complain that The Streets of Brentwood was wrong to deny this group their freedom to protest.
The Streets of Brentwood, its management and owners all respect an individual’s right of expression. It is our job to make The Streets of Brentwood a friendly and inviting place for families and individuals to shop, dine and relax. We have a process in place for groups who wish to stage a peaceful public protest. In the case of the individuals protesting The Butler this process was not followed. It is important that management be allowed to retain some control over the type and location of protest on the private property so that we can ensure full enjoyment by all Shopping Center patrons.
For groups who wish to stage a protest at The Streets of Brentwood, we need to know the subject being protested, the number of protesters expected and the date and time the event is planned to occur. These details need to be prearranged with management. For further details call the shopping center management office at (925) 516-8500. If this group would be willing to follow the process for conducting a peaceful protest at The Streets, we would be happy to have them.
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According to Mr. Claflin, the company does not have the contact information of those involved but encourages them to reach out to him if they choose so.