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Petitioning Alderman Ward 24 Michael Chandler and 37 others

Mayor of Chicago: Stop Restrictions on Public Protests


 

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.

 

 

 

 

Letter to
Alderman Ward 24 Michael Chandler
Alderman Ward 36 Nicholas Sposato
Alderman Ward 11 James Balcer
and 35 others
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 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.