Tell Herndon City Council to Abolish Discriminatory Day Laborer Restrictions
  • Petitioned Connie Haines Hutchinson

This petition was delivered to:

Councilmember
Connie Haines Hutchinson
Vice Mayor
Lisa Merkel
Councilmember
Sheila A. Olem
Councilmember
Jasbinder Singh
Councilmember
Bill Tirrell
Councilmember
Grace Wolf

Tell Herndon City Council to Abolish Discriminatory Day Laborer Restrictions

    1. Prerna Lal
    2. Petition by

      Prerna Lal

      San Francisco, United States

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February 2011

Victory

Victory! Under pressure from advocates, the Herndon City Council has done away with the discriminatory measure targeted at Latino day laborers.

Several years ago, people in Herndon, Virginia loathed the site of Latino immigrants hanging out for jobs so much that the city passed an ordinance to ban all solicitation along major thoroughfares and their accompanying pedestrian pathways.

The law quashed free speech and has the intent of discriminating against mostly Hispanic laborers seeking day-to-day employment. Additionally, the city ordinance also had unintended consequences and banned all day laborers, from cheerleaders promoting a car wash to people begging for change. Now the City Council is waking up and revisiting the ban, hoping to amend it  to allow people to at least solicit on sidewalks.

It's time to restore some sanity to Herndon, Virginia and let common sense prevail. Tell Herndon City Councilmembers to get rid of discriminatory day labor ordinance.

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