National Street Vending Initiative
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The Ongoing Struggle Against a Lawless Mayor
On February 14th, Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua of the Fulton County Superior Court declined to find Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in criminal contempt for failing to comply with her previous orders and issue vending permits to Stanley Hambrick, Larry Miller, and dozens of other vendors who have been suffering and out of work for months. The Institute for Justice has appealed the case and the injunction to the Georgia Supreme Court for review this Spring.
Last November, the Atlanta City Council enacted a complete rewrite of its vending law. The new legislation, hurried through minutes before a court hearing, was passed to protect Mayor Kasim Reed from facing any legal consequences due to his failure to comply with a court order that mandated that he issue vending permits under an earlier version of the law. Moreover, Atlanta’s new law obliterates vending at Turner Field, where IJ clients Larry Miller and Stanley Hambrick worked for over twenty years, and forces would-be vendors to spend thousands of dollars before they can even try to start climbing the economic ladder.
Had Mayor Reed complied with his legal obligations, Larry, Stanley and Atlanta’s other vendors would have been able to apply for and receive vending permits for their old locations under the old vending law. To prevent Mayor Reed from benefitting from his lawless behavior, the Institute for Justice on December 3rd asked the Fulton County Superior Court to find Mayor Reed guilty of criminal contempt and to issue an injunction allowing vendors to immediately return to their traditional vending locations through October 2014.
About the National Street Vending Initiative
Through its National Street Vending Initiative, the Institute for Justice works to defeat anti-competitive restrictions that violate the constitutional rights of street vendors to earn an honest living. This initiative combines litigating against these restrictions in state and federal courts, helping vendors organize in order to fight these restrictions through activism, and educating the public about the importance—both economically and socially—of street vendors.
Do you want to join our fight to legalize street vending in your city? Are you a vendor whose business is being hurt by protectionist laws? Please email email@example.com.