• Petitioned Susan Wengraf

This petition was delivered to:

Susan Wengraf
Kriss Worthington
Gordon Wozniak
Tom Bates
Linda Maio
Darryl Moore
Max Anderson
Jesse Arreguin
Laurie Capitelli

Stand Up for the Right to Sit Down

    1. Stand Up for the Right to Sit Down
    2. Petition by

      Stand Up for the Right to Sit Down

      Berkeley, CA


An effort is underway to persuade the Berkeley City Council to pass a law that would make it illegal to sit on the sidewalk in the commercial districts of Berkeley. Under this law a person could be issued a ticket for simply sitting, even if that person is not intentionally obstructing the sidewalk or engaged in any behavior that is otherwise illegal or disruptive. This proposed law would apply to everyone – street musicians, small children, girl scouts selling cookies, high school students, and the elderly. However, the people who will bear the brunt of this law would be people who appear to be homeless and poor.

In these hard economic times, let's come together to find real solutions to our problems rather than passing controversial laws that divide us and criminalize the most vulnerable. Berkeley has always been a unique place to live and visit because of our amazing diversity and sense of community. Sitting is not a crime. Let's keep it that way. 


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Heather Em SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      i grew up in Berkeley. We sat on the sidewalk a lot. Also, homeless people are not simply going to disappear. Frivolous legal talking points are not going to save humanity. This is ridiculous!

    • Nancy Carleton BERKELEY, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      The soul of Berkeley is at stake! Please oppose a sit/lie ordinance.

      • over 3 years ago

      Sidewalk sitting bans are unconstitutional, cruel, and inhumane.

    • Annelisa Luong SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      The city's desire to make sitting on streets illegal is an attack on people with certain ideologies, class, and/or race. By doing so, they are saying that certain people can consume public space a certain way. This privileges certain people over others. As a student who has access to higher education, I stand in solidarity with those who are being wrongly profiled.

    • Caitlin Catalano BERKELEY, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      being homeless is not the crime, and trying to ban this problem is not the solution.


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