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Occupy Sacramento will protest proposed legislation today at 2:45 p.m. at City Hall that would prevent protesters from holding events without permits on the City Hall property.
The Sacramento Press held a live conversation Tuesday with the Vice Chair of the ACLU Board of Directors Cres Vellucci, who works with Occupy Sacramento and is opposed to the city's counci's move.
The Occupy group has gone from a large marching protest and occupation of Cesar Chavez Plaza to a small core of protesters on the front lawn of Old City Hall. The group left Cesar Chavez Plaza last year after 110 protesters were arrested for violating the city’s curfew ordinance – which was upheld in the courts earlier this month.
City Hall is not a park and therefore was open for the group, but the City Council’s Law and Legislation Committee will discuss enacting a similar ordinance to the park curfew law today that would cover City Hall.
Occupiers wrote in a press release today that they believe the city is trying to take away their First Amendment rights by preventing them to assemble on the City Hall property 24 hours per day.
According to the Law and Legislation Committee agenda, the aim is to preserve the city’s capital investment in the City Hall property, and there will be an event-permitting process for people who want to demonstrate in the block bounded by H, I, Ninth and 10th streets.
No laws will be passed today, as any proposed ordinance will have to go to the full City Council for approval.