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Monday, February 28, 2022

波士頓市長吳弭提案 限制針對性住宅區抗議時間 9AM-9PM

MAYOR WU FILES ORDINANCE REGARDING TARGETED RESIDENTIAL PICKETING

Ordinance seeks to protect the quality of residential life in Boston

 

(Boston Orange 整理編譯) 波士頓市長吳弭 (Michelle Wu) (28) 日提案制定新法令,限制針對個別居民的住宅區抗議時間為早上9點至晚上9點。

            過去這二個多月來,吳弭位於羅森岱爾 (Rosendale)的家門口,幾乎每天早上7點一過,就有抗議打疫苗、戴口罩規定者,拿著擴音機抗議。不只她們一家人不堪其擾,她的鄰居民也感到很無奈。

            吳弭在遞案聲明中表示,波士頓一向有著不平則鳴的傳統,維持並保護人們發聲的權利,奮力支持以保持民主茁壯很重要,但在國家政治分歧的時刻,我們不能讓騷擾及仇恨恆毅社區成為常態。波士頓必須不僅以大膽及緊急政策為模範,更要包容,賦能政治。

            違反新抗議法令者,將被罰款。初犯罰100元,再犯罰200元,第3次以及更多以上次數罰300元。

BOSTON - Monday, February 28, 2022 - Mayor Michelle Wu today filed an Ordinance Regarding Targeted Residential Picketing, adding parameters to protect the health and well-being of residents in our neighborhoods against targeted harassment. Targeted residential picketing means picketing, protesting, or demonstrating, with or without signs or sound amplification, that is specifically directed towards a particular residence or one or more occupants of the residence, and which takes place before or about the targeted residence. The ordinance would restrict targeted residential picketing only between the hours of 9:00pm and 9:00am, and would not affect marches or protests passing through residential areas that are not targeted at a particular home.

 “Boston has a strong legacy of activism, and it’s important to uphold and protect the ability to speak out and advocate fiercely to keep our democracy strong,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “But in a moment of divided national politics, we can’t normalize the harassment and hate spilling over into our communities. Boston must model not only bold, urgent policies, but also inclusive, empowering politics.” 

 “This ordinance will add to our existing laws to stop harassment of residents in their private homes, while respecting the right to protest,” said Acting Commissioner and Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory P. Long. “People have a right to privacy and peace in their homes.” 

 The City of Boston is committed to the First Amendment right to protest, while protecting residents’ privacy and the quality of residential life. Targeted residential picketing that occurs late at night or early in the morning increases the intrusion on the privacy and sanctity of the home, and is particularly harassing and detrimental to the sleep and well-being of families, including seniors and families with children.

 The ordinance would protect any targeted residence, not just elected officials’ homes. The U.S. Supreme Court case that affirmed such protections, Frisby v. Schultz, upheld a local ordinance in Wisconsin created after anti-abortion protesters consistently targeted doctors who performed abortions, by repeatedly picketing outside their homes. The framework proposed for Boston would restrict targeted residential picketing only at night and in the early morning. The order will complement existing prohibitions against excessive noise, disturbing the peace, and blocking of streets and sidewalks through these clear guidelines around targeted residential picketing.

 “Public protests at people’s homes must have reasonable limits. These demonstrations are not only causing stress to the families of elected officials, it is also hurting their neighbors, many of whom are seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans and young children,” said Boston City Council President Ed Flynn. “Now is the time to come together as a city and country to treat each other with empathy, respect and dignity.”

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