• Petitioned Durham City Council

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Durham City Council

Repeal Ordinance #14375

    1. Petition by

      Open Table Ministry

We, the undersigned, petition the city of Durham, NC to repeal Ordinance #14375.

By pushing solicitors out of sight, the aforementioned ordinance severely limits valuable members of our community in their attempt to gain necessary means of survival. This ordinance further isolates those who are already marginalized and struggling, making them all but invisible to the public eye. Disregarding, perpetuating, and ignoring poverty is not an acceptable way to build up our community.

We demand that the Durham City Council repeal Ordinance #14375 and recognize that its self-acclaimed vision (“…providing an excellent and sustainable quality of Life”) encompasses all people in Durham.



**Please take the time to look at the full text of the ordinance, which can be found here.  

A few of the key issues within the ordinance include prohibitions against "sitting, standing, and walking on medians" (section 1), being "on an access ramp" (line 169), and being "within 100 feet of [a] bridge" (lines 170-171).  Additionally, solicitors must be "on one-way street" (line 97), they must stand "on a paved sidewalk" (line 85), and what is recieved must be from, "a passenger (not the driver)...on the right-hand side of the motor vehicle."  

These changes make nearly all places where men and women currently solcit illegal. Only a few inconvienent and unprofitable places remain.**

To:
Durham City Council
Repeal Ordinance #14375

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Andrew Coon MILAN, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      This is a denial of Christ's command to love our neighbors. All of them, not just some of them.

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    • Amber Noel DURHAM, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      For Nicole.

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    • Heather Whitson DURHAM, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe that Durham is better than a city that pushes those in need out of sight. I do not perceive any public safety threat, and this form of asking for help is less intrusive than other forms of pan-handling.

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    • Molly Williamson DURHAM, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      Hiding or punishing the poor does not make them disappear and does not make our city a better place. These are not eyesores, they are people who deserve our compassion, attention, and voices.

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    • Marcus Walton DURHAM, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      Because the homeless and downtrodden need not be trodden down any further. Asking for help is not a crime.

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