In an Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, September 4th 2012, CCSGA voted unanimously to oppose the proposed Colorado Springs panhandling ordinance. The following letter was sent to City Council on Thursday, September 6th, 2012:

CCSGA Letter Opposing Panhandling Ordinance

From the letter: “We have witnessed a ban on camping in public places, a drastic reduction in vital municipal services, the installation of security cameras downtown, the exodus of a public hospital that helped fill in the holes in our health care system, and now this – an attempt to restrain free speech by criminalizing solicitation.  The CCSGA supports initiatives that aim to further strengthen and build our community, and it is evident that this piece of legislation will only further divide it along socio-economic and ideological lines. Regardless of the specific language of the proposal, we view this as a continuation of a political effort to marginalize community members who do not meet some arbitrary standards of social fluency.”

For more on the ordinance, see the following links: