• Petitioned City of Tulsa, Oklahoma

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City of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma State House

Petition On Behalf of Denise Morrison of the City of Tulsa, OK

    1. Rene D
    2. Petition by

      Rene D

      nantucket, MA

Protect Citizen Rights Provided By The United States Constitution

 

One, restore immediately Denise Morrison's garden to her specifications, by replanting, using the same people that ripped out the plants to begin with. Two, compensate her the full price of the lost plantings. Three, pay her full price of replacement plantings. Four, issue her a public apology describing the City's violation of Denise's rights. Five, add to or change city ordinance to reflect the lawfulness of edible gardens and plantings.

City ordinances and bylaws may not supersede citizen rights and protections. It would seem that in this case the City of Tulsa Oklahoma violated the Fourth Amendment, in which Denise Morrison as a citizen of the United States has a right to "Protection from unreasonable search and seizure". The Fifth Amendment may also apply in this situation, in that private property may not be taken for public use without just compensation.
At the least the City of Tulsa must recall the Fourteenth Amendment; "no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws".

 

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Fundraiser On Behalf Of Denise Morrison

      Rene D
      by Rene D
      Petition Organizer

      This page provides a place for more information and an opportunity for anyone to help Denise financially.
      Thanks for checking it out!

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. More strange "ordinances" found on City of Tulsa's website

      Rene D
      by Rene D
      Petition Organizer

      There are some really stranges laws on the books for that place. Found some in my browsing that seem to say bars are illegal (Tulsa, Oklahoma, Code of Ordinances >> - SUPPLEMENT HISTORY TABLE >> TITLE 24 - NUISANCES >> CHAPTER 1. - NUISANCES CLASSIFIED >> SEC.102. c.), and that there is no freedom of speech (Tulsa, Oklahoma, Code of Ordinances >> - SUPPLEMENT HISTORY TABLE >> TITLE 24 - NUISANCES >> CHAPTER 1. - NUISANCES CLASSIFIED >> SEC. 102. e.)
      Says that if something is annoying to other people then it is unlawful. On that same page it also says that if you have a cold you can't go out in public. (Tulsa, Oklahoma, Code of Ordinances >> - SUPPLEMENT HISTORY TABLE >> TITLE 24 - NUISANCES >> CHAPTER 1. - NUISANCES CLASSIFIED >> SEC.101 b.#9)

      That was just from five minutes of browsing. I will look more, but just from that, some of those so-called laws they have just don't seem right. Take a look and let me know what you all think!

      It's only a free country if you defend ur freedom!

    5. You can send a message to Mayor Bartlett!

      Rene D
      by Rene D
      Petition Organizer

      Tell him that what his city did is wrong, and even unconstitutional. Denise Morrison's garden was not causing anyone "imminent danger" and therefore should not have been touched by anyone but her own self. Sending a someone to rip out the garden was wrong, and the city jumped to gun and should have waited and used proper legal channels, as Denise herself was obviously doing, waiting for her chance to prove that her property was indeed in compliance. The Mayor should issue a statement on his position regarding this issue and the city should follow the requests in this petition and rectify the situation.

    6. Denise Morrison's garden caused "imminent danger" to who? Commie Tulsa, OK

      Rene D
      by Rene D
      Petition Organizer

      "Note: Emergency abatements are performed without prior notice where imminent dangers are present and condition require an immediate response." Seen at the end of the page (link provided) where it says that the city will "abate" i.e. take matters in their own hands if the property owner doesn't comply. In essence, according to this page, the city of Tulsa has given the general public permission for you to report anyone if you don't like them, or if their grass is "too long". Never mind that this is a FREE country and not a communist one.

    7. What happens (in the City of Tulsa) if you are in violation of ordinance?

      Rene D
      by Rene D
      Petition Organizer

      Browsing the city's website, can't find where it allows the city to remove plantings that are "too high". They can put a lien on your property, they can fine, neighbors can file online complaint. Just curious why tall grass is considered a violation of city code. Yes might look bad for whole neighborhood. Life is not pretty though. Every person is individual and has a right to live in the way they desire. Having tall grass on a property that one owns does not hurt other people and creating a law saying you can't have tall grass is beyond silly, and violates a persons right provided by the Fourteenth Amendment.

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures
    9. News update

      Rene D
      by Rene D
      Petition Organizer

      A little more info on the story!

    10. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Matt Wells FORT WORTH, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Can someone please provide an update on this?

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    • Deborah Dale SCARBOROUGH, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Freedom of Expression clause of the Constitution supersedes any local bylaw governing a residents plantings, provided it does not constitute a health and safety hazard. Municipal lawyers may need a refresher course.

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    • Pamela Pilling KAMLOOPS, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Sustainable urban agriculture supporting eating locally can best be be accomplished through home gardens. Sometimes the best location for these gardens are in the front yard. What happened to Denise Morrison's garden is criminal,. Period. No matter who did it.

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    • Ronald Bosworth LANSING, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      not so much of importance as it is this persons right to grow her own crops(food). with all the crap that is in our farmlands now i don't blame her one bit

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    • Mitchell Barys OAKHAM, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      When did gardening become illegal?

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