Yesterday, the absurd 6pm -6am curfew on the five Spirit of the Sit-ins members who were arrested for an act of civil disobedience at a recent City Council meeting was lifted after a legal challenge by their lawyer.
The curfew surprised many, as the five were simply charged with second degree trespassing for an act of nonviolent civil disobedience. One of the students arrested was unable to take a summer class at A&T because of the curfew. He wanted to take the night class because he works during the day.
The five are also no longer banned from all city property. Instead they cannot enter the Melvin Municipal Office Building where City Council meets (and also happens to be the place to pay water bills in person, file a complaint with the Human Relations Commission, and more).
The City Manager’s office imposed a two year ban from City Council meetings on the five arrested. This ban still stands. In fact, last week when someone from the Spirit of the Sit-in Movement Initiative attempted to show a video including one of the five in a presentation to City Council during speakers from the floor, he was denied. The City Manager and Asst. City Manager for Public Safety admitted that while this limit on free speech was not articulated in the letter banning the five from meetings, they were using their authority to prevent the video from being shown.
We will post the video to our website as soon as possible.