Friday, August 07, 2020
Activist Clay Chastain Launches Petition Lawsuit Against Kansas City
The latest legal move from this town's most prolific petitioner who seems exceptionally concerned about the decline of direct democracy in Kansas City.
Today, Chastain files in federal court an historic 1st Amendment lawsuit against City Hall.
Today, KC Activist Clay Chastain is filing in US District Court the most important piece of litigation in Kansas City's history. Chastain is suing the City for openly attacking the democratic petition process and deliberately violating his 1st Amendment Constitutional right to petition his government.
On July 22, 2020, (after holding a valid petition hostage for 452 days) Mayor Lucas and the City Council killed it. That petition (to breathe new life into a dying City) was signed by Chastain and several thousand Kansas City voters. The City refused to place it before citywide voters because the petition is politically contentious in that it seeks to revitalize our City (and the eastside) around the most advanced, environmentally-sound and convenient public transportation system in the nation.
The petition process is meaningless, if petitioners submit a petition to the government and then the government, not the voters, decide its merits. Shutting down the petition process is the first step a controlled state uses to silence the voices of the people.
Kansas City Community Activist, Clay Chastain
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