We’re not done yet! City Legal moves to stop petitioners.

We’re not done yet! City Legal moves to stop petitioners.

We have NOT finished the petition drive for your right to vote on CodeNEXT!
And the attack dogs at City Legal appear to be moving to stop petitioners.

So please ignore that Statesman headline that ran two days ago, and tell your friends and neighbors we’re not done yet! In order to secure your right to vote on CodeNEXT:

We are on deadline now! We must gather an additional 3500 signatures by March 15th.
We hope to file this petition with the city as early as March 22nd.

Legal Memo Says CodeNEXT petition flawed, from the Austin Monitor

Today’s Austin Monitor article, “Legal Memo Says CodeNEXT Petition Flawed,” shows how the City Legal Department may attempt to keep us from having a vote on Code Next! This is an extraordinary and extraordinarily dumb move by City Legal, a Department that has long served as a rat’s nest of impervious cover (pun intended) for the real estate lobby.

Their missive about stopping this petition before placement on the ballot signals that they know CodeNEXT is too unpopular with Austinites!

Moreover, City Legal is signaling that they are willing to advise the Council to violate the City Charter, which reserves the power of petitioning for voter initiative to “the people”:

“ARTICLE IV. – INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM, AND RECALL.

  • § 1. – POWER OF INITIATIVE.

The people of the city reserve the power of direct legislation by initiative, and in the exercise of such power may propose any ordinance, not in conflict with this Charter, the state constitution, or the state laws except an ordinance appropriating money or authorizing the levy of taxes. Any initiated ordinance may be submitted to the council by a petition signed by qualified voters of the city equal in number to the number of signatures required by state law to initiate an amendment to this Charter.

Yesterday, a petitioner was issued at trespass warning notice at the Central Library.

You can bet your tax dollars that library management has been in touch with City Legal. And we have already warned the City in our Cease and Desist Letter on February 19th to stop interfering with petitioners at public libraries.

Don’t get mad. Get even and help us finish this petition drive.

Join us this Saturday from 1 to 5 at the Barton Springs Reopening Splash at either entrance.
Bring your petitions there and send folks to sign there. And please share this event widely.

We will also continue to petition at public libraries. If you want to join us, please call Linda at 512.657.2089 or email us at contact@IndyAustin.org.

Go out and multiply, y’all. Because, though we’re not done yet, we are ALMOST DONE!

Use this petition page to print out petitions and read the petitioner instructions.

Get your signatures to us by March 15th!

Wanna volunteer? Fill this out or call us at 512.535.0989 or reply to this message.

CodeNEXT Petition Tune-In, Turn-In Meeting

CodeNEXT Petition Tune-In, Turn-In Meeting

CodeNEXT Petition Tune-In, Turn-In Meeting

This meeting is about the CodeNEXT petition drive. We will announce where we’re at with the CodeNEXT petition drive.

How many signatures do we have and will be make the March 15th deadline to get petitions turned into us at IndyAustin? (Filing deadline for us to the City is March 30).

Please come, bring signed petitions and bring your friends and neighbors.

Attorney Bill Aleshire will speak with us about petition access at poll sites and other public locations, including the Austin Public Libraries.

Read the Cease and Desist email alert we sent about this here.

Plenty of free parking in the back!

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!