Stop the no blankets for the homeless ordinance!
  • Petitioning Mayor Ashton Hayward

This petition will be delivered to:

Mayor Ashton Hayward

Stop the no blankets for the homeless ordinance!

    1. FatherNathan Monk
    2. Petition by

      FatherNathan Monk

      Pensacola, FL

For the first time in recent memory, parts of Florida will be under a state of emergency due to winter weather. Beginning tomorrow, temperatures will drop as freezing rain and sleet move in, roadways will become icy, and snowfall is expected. All of this will happen on top of already wet ground, due to rain happening throughout the day today.

However, city officials are refusing to examine an ordinance they passed last year making it illegal for the homeless to even use a blanket to cover themselves. Last week at the regular council meeting, the council members were requested by members of the public and another council person, to review the ordinance and vote in a more humane way. They refused.

Two years ago, when the city council first considered these ordinances at the request of the mayor, and hundreds of people showed up in protest, the city refused to listen citing, "The silent majority." that wasn't present as their reason for moving forward on the ordinance.

As this extreme freeze comes into the panhandle, it will be illegal for the homeless to seek shelter from the cold. This is unconscionable and our city leaders have refused to respond to reasonable requests for them to accommodate the homeless in any way. I am asking for everyone on my page to take the time to share this post, write the mayor and council, and forward this to your favorite media outlet.

The city may not listen to us, but hopefully they will listen if people around the world let them know how Pensacola will be viewed if they do not overturn this inhumane ordinance.

Write the mayor: mayorhayward@cityofpensacola.com

Write the council: jcannada-wynn@cityofpensacola.com, mpratt@cityofpensacola.com, pcwu@cityofpensacola.com, smyers@cityofpensacola.com, aterhaar@cityofpensacola.com, ljohnson@cityofpensacola.com, gwingate@cityofpensacola.com, bspencer@cityofpensacola.com, cbare@cityofpensacola.com

To:
Mayor Ashton Hayward
Stop the no blankets for the homeless ordinance!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. Point in Time Survey and the need for change

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Pensacola's latest news publication, Progess + Promise covers the city council meeting tonight.

      Point In Time survey offers glimpse into homeless population

      Shannon Nickinson - Editor, Progress + Promise - Who are "the homeless" in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties? There are people with mental illness. Some have substance abuse problems. Many are veterans. Some are domestic violence victims. That is according to data from the local 2013 Point In Time survey.

    3. Local news interview with Nathan Monk

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer

      A local news interview discussing the impact of the change.org petition featuring an interview with Nathan Monk

      Pensacola considers changing ordinance - blankets on public property

      Top Stories REINVENTION of the zipper Deadly drinking game takes off on internet William Cormier takes the stand in own defense Bill would ban local agencies from aiding in federal gun law enforcement Pensacola considers changing ordinance - blankets on public property Winter storm power outages Pensacola Police Department earns

    4. Reached 12,500 signatures
    5. Mayor Hayward sponsors a blanket drive for the homeless

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Ahead of Thursday nights vote by the council, Mayor Ashton Hayward calls for a week long blanket drive to benefit the homeless.

      Mayor Hayward Newsletter

      With low temperatures still in our upcoming forecast, homeless citizens will still be exposed to harsh weather conditions. Beginning Wednesday, February 12th, the Office of the Mayor will be sponsoring a week long blanket drive.

    6. Troy Moon and Pensacola News Journal

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Troy Moon with the Pensacola News Journal writes an opinion piece targeted at the council and a hopeful overturning of the no blankets for the homeless ordinance.

      Troy Moon: Pensacola is too tough for some

      A few weeks back, I wrote about an article on policymic.com that named Pensacola as America's "Toughest City." One of the factors, was the number of sports starts from our little hamlet. And you'll be able to see the proof at the City of Champions dinner Feb.

    7. A humorous article on the ordinance.

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Vice.com takes a humorous approach to the blankets ordinance.

      A Town in Florida Has Made It Illegal for Homeless People to Cover Themselves with Blankets

      There's a new Tumblr blog making the rounds called Selfies with Homeless People. Apart from the rare picture in which the homeless person is complicit in the act, the majority of the photos are posed next to a sleeping or comatose human.

    8. International news media

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Russia Today follows the no blankets for the homeless ordinance and puts a sharp eye on the council to pass the amendments and task force.

      ​Amid freezing temps, Florida town's 'camping' law bars homeless from using blankets

      Reuters / Leif R Jansson Despite freezing conditions and a recent "state of emergency" weather alert, the Pensacola, Florida City Council has stood behind its "camping" ordinance that bars sleeping outdoors while covered with bedding or newspaper, for example.

    9. Reached 10,000 signatures
    10. Mayor Hayward endorses amendments to ordinance

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward endorses proposed amendments to ordinance allowing for blankets. Awaiting council vote on Thursday 13th.

      Mayor Hayward Newsletter

      Last year, in an effort to protect the aesthetics, public health, and safety of our community, the City Council adopted an ordinance which prohibits camping on public property. Next week, the Council will consider amending that ordinance to remove the prohibition on the use of cover while sleeping outdoors.

    11. Reached 8,000 signatures
    12. Celebrity Author Anne Rice Shares petition

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer
      Anne Rice

      Anne Rice. 960,548 likes · 46,150 talking about this. Life long Democrat, and Democratic Activist. Supporter of gay rights, and Same Sex Marriage. Armchair historian and archaeologist. Student of Religious History, and Scripture. Have traveled to Israel, Egypt, Greece, Europe, Haiti, the Carribbean, and Brazil. And also to Switzerland.

    13. Forward Progressive article

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer
      Florida Ordinance Makes it Illegal for Homeless to Use Blankets to Protect Themselves from Weather

      I think most of us can agree that life isn't easy. So many Americans live in a perpetual state of fear about the future. Going paycheck to paycheck, one long string of bad luck away from total catastrophe. I remember when I was a server thinking sometimes that all it took was one wrong step, ...

    14. Reached 5,000 signatures
    15. Amendment Proposed.

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer

      Councilwoman Sherri Myers has sponsored a proposed amendment that would remove the no blankets for the homeless ordinance.

    16. Reached 1,500 signatures
    17. Rick's Blog covers our petition.

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer
      Rick's Blog

      This petition by Rev. Nathan Monk has gotten over 1,200 signatures: For the first time in recent memory, parts of Florida will be under a state of emergency due to winter weather. Beginning tomorrow, temperatures will drop as freezing rain and sleet move in, roadways will become icy, and snowfall is expected.

    18. Reached 1,000 signatures
    19. Only forty-eight hours in!

      FatherNathan Monk
      Petition Organizer

      We have nearly reached our goal in less then forty-eight hours! This is very exciting. We received a report that a few people have called the council president, but have not received very kind response back. Let's keep pushing forward and reach our goal…and beyond!

    20. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Noah Thurnher ALTACH, AUSTRIA
      • 7 days ago

      Weil ich die Organisation gut finde

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    • robin adkins HIXSON, UNITED STATES
      • 16 days ago

      I know they would like to get rid of the homeless, but dang!

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    • Isabella Burr AUSTRALIA
      • 20 days ago

      I do not see how we can see others suffering like this and be disgusted or just walk away when they have a perfect life and do not want to realise what the life of others is like

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    • fran barrett MARY ESTHER, FL
      • 21 days ago

      I am so embarrassed to even live near such lunacy - no blankets for people who already have nowhere to get in from the cold - in a city so near!

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    • Jason Rowlen RIVERSIDE, CA
      • 24 days ago

      compassion should be important to everyone

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