Friday, March 07, 2008

There Will Be Noise

We're not boastful or smug. No bravado or machismo. There's no delight in it, to be sure. But the dirty deed is scheduled. The DCist reported the story this week.

We're moms and dads, teachers, writers, artists and retirees--people from all walks of life across the city.

We came to the table. We were rebuffed. We gathered a broad coalition of the afflicted. Now our "quiet home" bill lays in limbo. They call it tabled. Ordinary folks' concerns dismissed. No debate. And fewer options.

A handful of residents from across this District of Columbia will gather early this weekend and perform exactly what the current law allows--and unreasonable people have taken advantage of.

The ugly of it is that only one or two people are required to carry it out. Thanks to the artificial grassroots power of an amplifier.

We support preachers and protestors in the public space. We simply don’t want them in our homes.

The current D.C. law is flawed. It allows not the art of persuasion though speech, but rather encourages the brute force of amplified noise to physically harass and pound people into submission.

DATE AND TIME:
Saturday, March 8: 7:01 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Sunday, March 9: 7:01 a.m. to 9 a.m. (daylight savings time)

LOCATION:
3000 block of P St NW

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