Mayor of Chicago: Stop Restrictions on Public Protests
  • Petitioned Michael Chandler

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Alderman Ward 24
Michael Chandler
Alderman Ward 36
Nicholas Sposato
Alderman Ward 11
James Balcer
Alderman Ward 13
Marty Quinn
Alderman Ward 19
Matthew O'Shea
Alderman Ward 26
Roberto Maldonado
Alderman Ward 2
Bob Fioretti
Alderman Ward 25
Daniel Solis
Alderman Ward 30
Ariel Reboyras
Alderman Ward 44
Thomas Tunney
Alderman Ward 31
Regner Ray Suarez
Alderman Ward 8
Michelle A. Harris
Alderman Ward 27
Walter Burnett, Jr.
Alderman Ward 18
Lona Lane
Alderman Ward 1
Joe "Proco" Moreno
Alderman Ward 15
Toni Foulkes
Alderman Ward 47
Ameya Pawar
Alderman Ward 29
Deborah L. Graham
Alderman Ward 6
Roderick T Sawyer
Alderman Ward 50
Debra L. Silverstein
Alderman Ward 43
Michele Smith
Alderman Ward 17
Latasha R. Thomas
Alderman Ward 5
Leslie A. Hairston
Alderman Ward 45
John Arena
Alderman Ward 21
Howard Brookins, Jr.
Alderman Ward 16
Joann Thompson
Alderman Ward 20
Willie Cochran
Alderman Ward 23
Michael R. Zalewski
Alderman Ward 46
James Cappleman
Alderman Ward 48
Harry Osterman
Alderman Ward 40
Patrick J. O'Connor
Mayor of Chicago
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago City Council
Alderman Ward 7
Sandi Jackson
Alderman Ward 49
Joe Moore
Alderman Ward 35
Rey Colon
Alderman Ward 22
Ricardo Munoz
Alderman Ward 38
Timothy M. Cullerton
Alderman Ward 9
Anthony Beale

Mayor of Chicago: Stop Restrictions on Public Protests

    1. Occupy Rogers Park Occupy the SouthSide
    2. Petition by

      Occupy Rogers Park Occupy the SouthSide

      Chicago, IL


Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed changes to the city’s parade ordinance that severely limit our right to peaceable assembly and free speech.  His proposal criminalizes the act of expressing dissent, minimizes the time and place where people can protest, gives police more authority to suppress protesters, and add extensive rules and restrictions that hyper-bureaucratize the process of obtaining a permit and severely limit the fluidity of demonstrations.

Although Mayor Emanuel initially claimed these measures were temporary and in response to the upcoming NATO and G8 summits in May, the mayor’s office has since admitted that this legislation would be permanent.  This ordinance is a direct attack on anyone in this city who might ever walk a picket line, attend a rally, or stand in solidarity with others in support of a cause.  Non-profit organizations, unions, religious organizations, and all those who would defend the rights of the citizenry, in any context, must speak out now, before it’s too late.   Mayor Emanuel seeks to stifle dissent at a time when it is more urgent than ever that our voices be heard.  


The mayor has offered a Substitute Ordinance in response to the opposition the prior one received from the public and city council.  Don’t be fooled, the substitute ordinance removes some superficially harmful language, but at it’s core still fundamentally alters how the City of Chicago can define your right to Free Assembly.

Some key points of Mayor Emanuel’s proposal include:

- Public Assemblies would be limited to sidewalks, excluding them from the public way

 - The maximum fine for protesters resisting arrest or obstructing an officer (which includes simply going limp while police cuff you) would double to $1,000, and the minimum fine would be increased from $50 to $200.

 - Amplified sound would only be allowed 8am and 10pm.

 - People would be required to have their any recording equipment, sound amplification equipment, banners, signs, or other attention-getting devices to be approved for a permit

 - At least a week prior to the march, every contingent would have to be registered with the city.

 - Sidewalks would also be subject to the same demands as the streets, giving the police discretion to enforce the ordinance.

We, Occupy Rogers Park and Occupy the SouthSide, are writing to ask for your support and participation in our action to block this proposal. We hope you will join us in defending our basic democratic rights. 


“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

    - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, “Letter from Birmingham”

You can read more about the proposal in this article in the Chicago Tribune, and read the actual text at the bottom of this article in Chicago Indymedia.





Recent signatures


    1. Petitioners, thank you all for your support!

      Emilia Gutierrez
      Petition Organizer

      Because you stood beside us and raised your voice in objection to infringements upon our first amendment rights, we were able to successfully force Mayor Rahm Emanuel to remove the following provisions from his ordinances: New time limits on parades and protests, Steeper fines for arrests for unlawful protest and resisting arrest, and Requiring a parade marshal for every 100 participants in a parade. Unfortunately, despite the over 16,000 emails they received from petitioners and countless calls and emails from their constituents at home the Chicago City Council still voted 45-4 and 41-5 in favor of Mayor Emanuel's ordinances.

      Please take a moment to send a thank the alderman who voted against these measures:
      Ald. Leslie Hairston,, Ald. Will Burns,, Ald. Nicholas Sposato,, Ald. Robert Fioretti,, Ald. Sandi Jackson,

    2. Reached 15,000 signatures
    3. Almost at 8,000 signatures from supporters!

      Keep up the good work on helping us spread the word about what Mayor Emanuel is trying to do here in Chicago. An injury to one is an injury to all!

    4. Reached 7,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lawrence Robertson EUREKA SPRINGS, AR
      • almost 3 years ago

      I Fight the dismantling of the Constitution one Law at a time, any way possible!

      • almost 3 years ago

      Freedom of assembly, belief and speech are guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Please protect these basic human rights.

    • Thomas Pierce BERWYN, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      The freedom to protest is as old as the Republic itself!

    • susan bialk SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      free speech and assembly -- remember??

    • Benjamin Hatley RALEIGH, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      To keep our rights as citizens of the United States of America.


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