Three-unrelated ordinance

Nov 072005

As a heads up to CSU students, the Fort Collins City Council will be voting about the so-called "3-Unrelated" ordinances Nov. 15.

Allow me to draw a historical parallel between our city's laws and those of our racist past. In the early 20th century after the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the city of San Francisco enacted the Cubic Air Law. This law prevented the number of Chinese immigrants allowed to live in a specified indoor area. As a result, hundreds of Chinese immigrants were arrested and thrown in jail in selective raids performed only in Chinatown. This law effectively prevented low-income housing from being legally utilized. The same is happening in Fort Collins. I see few differences between the way Chinese were discriminated against in the early 20th century and the way the City of Fort Collins discriminates against students and low-income individuals today. It's time we stood up for our rights. Come show your support for both students and low-income individuals at the City Council meeting Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Howes Street and Laporte Avenue.

Ross Knippenberg


economics and mathematics major

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