STAND UP FOR THE RIGHT TO SIT DOWN.
“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.”
Come get involved and have your voice heard THIS Tuesday, April 26th as Suitcase Clinic, Cal student organizations, clients, and other members of the Berkeley community join in solidarity against the Sit Ordinance. Schedule of events:
3:00-3:30pm – Meet in front of the Closed Cody’s Bookstore (Corner of Telegraph and Haste in Berkeley)
3:30pm-5:00pm – Make signs and posters against proposed sit ordinance to use at the Berkeley City Council Meeting
5:00-5:30pm – March to Constitution Square in Downtown Berkeley (By the Downtown Berkeley Bart)
5:30-6:30pm – Sit-down Protest in front of Constitution Square
7:00pm – City Council Meeting
Please sign the petition here: Stand Up for the Right to Sit Down Petition and share with others, if you feel strongly against the Sit Ordinance. The more signatures the better!
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Hope to see you Tuesday!
-The Suitcase Clinic