Cease and Desist Warning to City of Austin

Cease and Desist Warning to City of Austin

We have just issued a Cease and Desist Warning to the Mayor, City Council, City Attorney and City Manager for interfering with the rights of citizens to petition on public property last Saturday – the Austin Public Library. The letter is signed by our attorney, Bill Aleshire, and two additional highly qualified attorneys, Fred Lewis and Bill Bunch.

We strongly feel that the city is now in violation of your constitutional right to voter initiative that is in the city charter itself! This initiative is for the right to vote on CodeNEXT.

Read the Cease and Desist Letter

On Saturday, petitioners collecting signatures for your right to vote on CodeNEXT were forced to leave library property or be cited for trespassing.

The library staffers are not to blame. The directive came from higher ups in the Austin Library System.

This Austin Public Library Memo to stop petitioners even mentions CodeNEXT but why?

What does the content of the petition have to do with this, if petitioning itself is a barred activity?

But don’t get mad, Austin – get even. The only productive way to do that is to help us complete this petition drive.

If everyone receiving this message gets just a few signatures, we will swamp the city with petitions when we file in mid to late March.

Join us at these Early Voting Polls starting tomorrow!

Early Voting Polls: Tues. Feb 20 thru Friday, March 2

But try to reach us first at 512-657-2089 or send a message to contact@IndyAustin.org

(Please Note: You must remain outside the 100 foot markers at the polls, be polite and, in no way, interfere with voters. Therefore, we want you to ask them to sign on the way out of the voting poll.)

Our CodeNEXT petition page is here.

We can do this, Austin. That’s how we did 10-1 in 2014 and we’ll do it again with CodeNEXT in 2018!

Surviving CodeNEXT by Community Not Commodity

Surviving CodeNEXT by Community Not Commodity

Join IndyAustin folks at this event put on by Community Not Commodity. Our own David Jones will be speaking at this event! 

David is a longtime health and wellness advocate, a renter himself who advocates or Austin renters.


Join us outside Austin City Hall for a rally in protest of the controversial CodeNEXT process! Free food & drink and music by Bill Oliver. Admission is free. Wear black and tell the Austin City Council to protect our neighborhoods!

Speakers will include:

SUSANA ALMANZA
P.O.D.E.R., Community and Environmental Activist

BILL BUNCH
Executive Director, Save Our Springs Alliance

NELSON LINDER
President, Austin NAACP

CARMEN LLANES PULIDO
Executive Director, GO! Austin / VAMOS! Austin (GAVA)

ED WENDLER, JR.
Austin-Area Developer