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Ordinance Prohibiting the Possession of the Tools of Violence And Vandalism During a Demo
No Stop & Frisk at Demos!
Item #36 in tonight's Oakland City Council meeting agenda is a new ordinance "Prohibiting Tools Of Violence During Demonstrations". This same ordinance, more or less, was brought to the City Council's Public Safety Committee on May 22, 2012, but never came to a vote due to vociferous protest. Tonight, it will be brought before the full council, which includes several new members likely anxious to prove their "tough on crime" credentials. In fact, it is new councilmember Noel Gallo who is pushing the ordinance up this time. Should the ordinance pass, which seems likely this go around, violators will face up to six months in jail and a $1000 fine for possession of a Club, fire accelerant, fireworks. Painting Device, Paint Projectile, Shield, sling shot, hammer, or Wrench, as defined by the ordinance below, while participating in any demonstration. Read up, then sign up to voice your opinion on the matter at tonight's meeting. Bring snacks and drinks -- it'll be a very, very long meeting with the Domain Awareness Center also on the agenda.

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