CALL TO ACTION: PROPOSED SOAP ORDINANCE
CALL FOR ACTION: WHAT’S NEEDED FROM MIDTOWNERS
Our mission for a safer and more orderly neighborhood critically needs support in two ways at this time.
1. Write to City Council
We need you to write to to all Council members and the City Council President expressing support for SOAP legislation and sharing community members’ points of view regarding this long-standing problem of street prostitution in the neighborhood. There is also some resistance among City Council members on the adoption of these new procedures so we need your support. See more information below.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (this will reach all City Councilors and the Council President) and be sure to copy us at email@example.com so we can gauge community support for this legislation.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Please do not merely forward this eblast to city councilmen – they have already received it. Write your own email explaining your thoughts and how street prostitution affects you and your surroundings.
- Please alert other community groups to this important issue.
- We have uploaded a copy of the proposed legislation here
- More details and food for thought linked below
2. We need a strong showing of Midtowners at the Public Safety Committee meeting
We need folks to attend the City Council’s next meeting for the Public Safety Committee on Monday, February 11th. This will be largely a work session to discuss the proposed SOAP Ordinance. There is some resistance to this proposed legislation among city council members, and Midtown residents need a strong showing at this meeting to emphasize certain critical needs in our neighborhood. The official public notice is as follows:
PUBLIC SAFETY AND LEGAL ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE WORK SESSION: Staying Out of Areas of Prostitution (SOAP) Ordinance
13-O-0025 An Ordinance by Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee to amend Chapter 106, Article IV, Division 1, Section 106-127, entitled “Solicitation for an Illicit Sexual Act,” to mandate a sentence of a term of probation for a first conviction of a violation of Section 162-127, and to mandate banishment from geographical areas within the City of Atlanta defined as “Areas of Prostitution” during the time of said probation; to require banishment from “Areas of Prostitution” during the probationary period mandated for a second violation of Section 162-127, should the sentencing court decline to banish the offender from the corporate limits of the City as currently allowed; to remove superfluous sentencing language; and for other purposes.
RELATED POSTS AND RESOURCES:
- About the SOAP Legislation
- Notes on Midtown Street Prostitution, with photo gallery
- SOAP Legislation paper from City Council