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22426 Sign Petition to Denounce Anti-Rave Laws

Ravers around the globe are signing an online petition in opposition to city laws that state "there can be no party that holds 100 or more people at it with a DJ." DJs, property owners, or promoters can be fined up to $10,000 and/or possible jail time for violations.

Ravers around the globe are signing an online petition in opposition to city laws that state "there can be no party that holds 100 or more people at it with a DJ." DJs, property owners, or promoters can be fined up to $10,000 and/or possible jail time for violations.

The petition's author, Melode Dell, writes on the web site Petition Online , that the laws passed in Chicago and other cities, "[are] a violation of our rights, the right to assemble."

Other signatories agree:

"How is this fair? Our legal right to gather? Concerts will not be included in this? Sounds like discrimination to me," wrote Erich Menge of Plymouth.

"DJ Deceptikon," Dylan Hatheway of Washington D.C writes, "This is outrageous! I worked on Capitol Hill for a year and a half, and never saw anything as blatant as this. At least they have the decency to hide it in a rider or something."

"What about the big dollar nightclubs that are going sue you," T Worth from Perth, Western Australia questions.

"I am in the US Navy and fight for the rights that this law is taking away. I can tell you that the military members that so many take for granted are getting very tired of what we fight for being taken away," Russel Harper of Norfolk writes.

While the Chicago IMC has not seen a copy of the laws, some of the signers believe that the governing bodies enacted them to curb the illegal drug use which occurs at raves. Among the drugs favored by ravers are synthetics such as Extacy, speed and LSD, as well and natural stimulants such as marijuana and psychosibian mushrooms.

"People may choose to do illegal things at a party but people also do illegal things at clubs, bars, while driving, and at schools. It is important to remember how important freedom is and not rush to decisions that may seem to help but in the end only limit our freedom," Jacob Pulliam of Salt Lake City wrote.

"If you think stopping parties will stop kids from doing drugs, you are sorely mistaken. The only way to stop people doing drugs is to educate them," Richard Gunsenhouser writes.

Other ravers think the music and "scene" is the reasoning behind the laws.

"This is an expression of choice, or lives, freedoms, and rights, if you take the right to rave away from us you take away our joy and escape from this hectic bloodthirsty world," Melissa Skaar wrote. Annea Smythe writes that the "rave culture is a form of spirituality, being one with yourself, the music and the people around you. To ban raves is to try to limit peoples beliefs."

"I signed this because I believe anti-rave decisions would take away a beautiful peaceful scene from the world," wrote Louise Denny of Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

"What's next," asks Chicago's Peter Carney.

Ms. Dell's petition will be "passed to all city halls with the new law."

 
 

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