We have just issued a Cease and Desist Warning to the Mayor, City Council, City Attorney and City Manager for interfering with the rights of citizens to petition on public property last Saturday – the Austin Public Library. The letter is signed by our attorney, Bill Aleshire, and two additional highly qualified attorneys, Fred Lewis and Bill Bunch.
Community activist, Scott Royder, was threatened with criminal trespass at the Spicewood Library pictured here. He was standing on the near side of the bench in this picture well away from the door and being polite. Folks expressed interest and no complaints were lodged whatsoever.
We strongly feel that the city is now in violation of your constitutional right to voter initiative that is in the city charter itself! This initiative is for the right to vote on CodeNEXT.
On Saturday, petitioners collecting signatures for your right to vote on CodeNEXT were forced to leave library property or be cited for trespassing.
The library staffers are not to blame. The directive came from higher ups in the Austin Library System.
What does the content of the petition have to do with this, if petitioning itself is a barred activity?
But don’t get mad, Austin – get even. The only productive way to do that is to help us complete this petition drive.
If everyone receiving this message gets just a few signatures, we will swamp the city with petitions when we file in mid to late March.
Early Voting Polls: Tues. Feb 20 thru Friday, March 2
Reach us at 512-535-0989, text us at 512-657-2089, reply to this message or send a message to contact@IndyAustin.org
(Please Note: You must remain outside the 100 foot markers at the polls, be polite and, in no way, interfere with voters. Therefore, we want you to ask them to sign on the way out of the voting poll.)
We can do this, Austin. That’s how we did 10-1 in 2014 and we’ll do it again with CodeNEXT in 2018!