2013 Press Releases

08.20.2013: Open Letter Regarding City of Slidell Panhandling Ordinance

NEW ORLEANS—The ACLU of Louisiana has released an open letter to the City of Slidell regarding its unlawful panhandling ordinance.

The letter reads in part:

The ACLU of Louisiana has learned that the City of Slidell is arresting panhandlers under a City ordinance that prohibits street peddling. That ordinance is unconstitutional on its face, and the City’s enforcement of the ordinance against people standing on public property asking for money – expressive behavior long-protected by the First Amendment – is unlawful. We request that the City immediately cease that enforcement.

Read the rest of the letter here.