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Atlanta street vendors fight back

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Atlanta's street vendors planned to gather outside the Georgia Dome on Tuesday morning, not to sell merchandise, but to sell city leaders on the idea that they belong there.

The City of Atlanta has begun enforcing a ban on vending on public property. That includes areas around Turner Field, where the Braves kicked off their season Monday night, as well as the space around the Georgia Dome where the Final Four begins later this week.

City leaders attribute the ban to a December court ruling.

However, vendors said there's nothing in the ruling that prevents them from selling their merchandise on public property. On top of that, they said the ban comes during their busiest week of the year.

Larry Miller, president of the Atlanta Vendors Association (AVA), said the ban is costing him thousands of dollars. "It's time to pay the mortgage; it's house note time. We have families to feed. It's not just me; it's all the public property vendors."

"Vendors have a right to earn an honest living. That right is protected by Georgia and the federal constitution," said Robert Frommer, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, who represented the vendors in the December court case.

The AVA plans a press conference Tuesday and a Final Four Protest outside the Georgia Dome Saturday afternoon.

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