CYBER ACTION: Philadelphia's City Council seems set on passing an outrageous curfew law that violates a number of civil liberties and supports the prison-industrial complex through the caging of Philadelphia children!! Help us tell City Hall "NO!!!" Call City Council NOW - and let us know you did!
This Thursday City Council plans to pass Bill 110633. This law aims to keep African-American youth out of more affluent white neighborhoods, further expands the mayor's ability to avoid the democratic process and create his own laws, and makes it illegal for all adults to take young relatives such as nieces or nephews out to enjoy the City of Brotherly Love.
On Thursday, October 27, at 9:30 a.m., Occupy Philly, the Philadelphia Anti-Curfew Action Committee, and others will show up at City Hall, Room 400, to oppose City Council's new curfew bill amendment 110633. Last week, 80 people went and stalled the bill. This week, folks will go and stop the bill. First, call your all council persons (find their numbers here: http://www.phila.gov/citycouncil/CouncilMembers.html) and tell them that you oppose this bill. Call the chief clerk at 215-686-3410 and tell them you want to be put on as a witness against the bill. And then watch democracy unfold before you next Thursday (signs welcome).
To begin, I’m going to quote a report back from the POC Curfew Committee from the occupation in Philly: “VICTORY! We went to City Council today 80 people strong. It was beautiful, we filled up half of the chambers. Che Gossett, Savannah Shange, Adán X Equis, Diop Olugbala, Professor TJ Ghose, and I [Khadijah White] delivered powerful testimonies against the bill [to extend the evening curfew law directed at youths 18 and under to the whole of Philly]. In addition, we delivered 140 signatures on the petition against the curfew to the office of the Council president. And then… there was no vote. Afterwards, Councilman Jones told some of us that only minutes before today’s session convened, the City Council agreed table the bill for more consideration. He said it was because of us, because of our points and criticism. They expect the next version of the law to exclude incarceration as a potential penalty. So, it’s a small victory, but a victory all the same. And it was honestly powerful!! Solidarity!!”