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Standing Up to Bullying at City Council
Robert Norse
This is the extended version of a speech I gave during the crunched-down Oral Communications period at the January 11th City Council meeting. It was Mayor Coonerty's first full Council meeting. I also present some notes on Coonerty's new Oral Communications rules. These punish activists, segregates them from the public generally, and makes it difficult for them to speak on other agenda items and for the public to hear them. They show Coonerty's contempt for the public though he seems to feel they allow for public greater access in what seems to be a cynical political masquerade or a bizarre example of self-delusion. Apparently based on his feeling that activists like me need to be marginalized in order to encourage better citizens to come to Council. Somewhat similar to his "clean out the homeless and the tourists will come" approach downtown.

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