New Pushback Against Flagstaff’s Unlawful Assembly Ordinance

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Turns out Flagstaff Liberty Alliance and Councilman Jeff Oravits are not the only ones concerned about the City of Flagstaff’s recently passed “Unlawful Assembly” Ordinance. Students at NAU have started circulating a “Move On” petition calling for the repeal of Ordinance No.2015-08. In the petition they say:

“Ladies and gentlemen, this ordinance cannot stand.

For one, this ordinance was passed May 20th, after most students had departed the city for Summer vacation, which in itself shows the intent of the Flagstaff City Council to pass this ordinance as a sly way of cultivating more income through broad policy making.

Second, this ordinance would endanger the “peace and tranquility” of families and group living situations of 5 or more, including generational homes, which leaves room for harassment and discrimination against the underprivileged who may not have the funds necessary to “spread out”.

Finally, this ordinance effectively violates students and citizens’ 1st Amendment Right to Assemble by punishing them for gathering for or even being in proximity to a “nuisance party” to which a police officer(s) respond.

The Flagstaff City Council is victimizing and threatening citizens and students in an unconstitutional, but highly profitable, manner. We have already failed at allowing this ordinance to pass. We can correct our mistake by petitioning the Flagstaff City Council in order to counteract the gross discrimination against students and families, and the violation of a right guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”

You can read the entire petition HERE. As of this post it has 481 signatures.

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