Call Of The Day: Stop Big Brother In The Big Easy

A proposed ordinance would mandate the installation of government surveillance cameras at 1,500 businesses throughout the city – intruding on privacy without improving safety.  These cameras would:

  1. Be installed outside of EVERY business that sells alcohol
  2. Hold footage in a cloud system for a minimum of 14 days
  3. Allow access to the FBI & Department of Homeland Security

Bars, restaurants, music venues, pharmacies, grocery stores... Whether you go to a CVS to scoop a prescription, attend a happy hour at your favorite bar, eat at a restaurant, go to see live music, or stop at a gas station you will be under surveillance 24/7/365 by the city's law enforcement (and possibly federal agencies).

Say "NO" to Big Brother in the Big Easy by signing the ACLU's petition here (which is being sent to City Council members), calling or emailing your respective council member or attending the City Council meeting THIS THURSDAY (1/11/2018) at 10 AM at 3520 Gen. DeGaulle Dr. in Algiers, and making a public comment opposing Ordinance no. 32-107.  They may vote on it this same day.

Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans reviewed the requirements for cameras in alcoholic beverage outlets (ABOs) in the 50 largest U.S. cities and compared them with the Head/ Landrieu Surveillance Ordinance (Ord #32-107).  We can now say that if the ordinance passes, New Orleans would have the MOST HEAVILY SURVEILLED ABOs IN THE NATION.

You can read the full report by clicking here:

WHO TO CALL:  THE NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

Stacy Head: (504) 658-1060
Jason Williams: (504) 658-1070
Susan Guidry: (504) 658-1010
Latoya Cantrell: (504) 658-1020
Nadine Ramsey:  (504) 658-1030
Jared Brossett:  (504) 658-1040
James Gray:  (504) 658-1050

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

The government surveillance expansion proposed by Ordinance No. 32-107 would threaten our privacy and our way of life - without making our streets safer. 

Studies have shown that video surveillance is susceptible to abuse and not effective in preventing or reducing crime.

Please reject this ordinance and pursue more sensible solutions for improving public safety. 

Thank you.