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Thu May 26 2011
Standing Up for the Right to Sit Down in Berkeley
Thu May 26 2011
Opponents of Proposed Sit/Lie Law in Berkeley Demonstrate with "Chair-a-Pillar"
On May 22nd the "Coalition Standing Up for the Right to Sit" held their first "chair-a-pillar" at Berkeley BART. More than 30 people participated in the action, sitting in colorful chairs on the curb and sidewalk along Shattuck Avenue. The City of Berkeley, led by local merchants/property owners, is considering following in the footsteps of San Francisco by introducing an anti-sitting ordinance this summer. A coalition made up of homeless service providers and homeless people is organizing to fight the ordinance. This is the second progressive action held in the last month to educate the community about the proposed ordinance. Activists are asking Berkeley residents to call council members and urge them to vote against a city sit/lie law.

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