We showed up. We stood up. We spoke up. Voices of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and Caucasians. Voices of the young (age 7) and voices of the old (75+).
We were heard. By the residents of Carson who honked their car horns in approval. By the Los Angeles Times who sent a photographer to capture images of the event. By KTLA TV who sent both a reporter and a videographer to record our voices and our actions.
Our messages? We delivered three important messages in Carson on March 7, the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma.
First, the City of Carson is an outlier and an outlaw that willfully chooses to break the law and to violate court decisions which clearly state that ordinances such as the Carson ordinance are preempted by state law.
Second, registered citizens have civil rights and those rights are being violated by the Carson ordinance which prohibits registered citizens from loitering in or within 300 feet of public places such as libraries, parks, and swimming pools as well as private places such as fast food restaurants.
Third, the City of Carson is hurting families by denying them the opportunity to act as a family. By denying them the opportunity to enjoy a family outing in a park that is supported by their tax dollars.
Our education of the City of Carson, in general, and the Carson City Council, in particular, is not over. We will return to Carson soon to testify before the Carson City Council. And we will face the City of Carson in Los Angles Superior Court, Dept. 77, on June 11 at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us in this public hearing which could decide whether the City of Carson is allowed to continue to break the law, to ignore court decisions solely because City Council members don’t agree with them. If the Judge acts consistently with his oath of office, that is, to abide by the Constitution, he will not allow Carson to continue to break the law, to violate both the state and federal Constitutions.
– Janice Bellucci
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