Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Good morning. Judith Robinson here speaking on the bill just mentioned. Greetings to you all and happy new years.

With all the conditions, the horrible conditions in your district, you all should be happy that someone wants to come down here and give you all input. You really should be. It's a shame that you want to take away our rights after we have supported you all over many years.

Bobby Henon, you said that your mother told you don't jump in the water that you can't see the bottom of. You're about to do it today, brother, please.

This law has been changed three times. Something is wrong with it, when you're going to try to take away our rights to speak about what is going on in our communities. Our communities are going through hell and we are struggling. We're working with you all to try to do everything we can to make it right, but now you all want to wrap us up in some legalese nonsense to try to take away our rights.

Know that if you vote for this bill today, you are voting against the citizens, the ones who support you all, who run around trying to get you votes. Just know that.

How can you listen to someone who is asking you to vote against the right of your citizens to have freedom of speech, all of these rules to stop us from speaking to developers? We understand gentrification. We sit through all the meetings, RDA, PHA, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. We come here before you begging for your ear. White men get to come in your offices while we sit outside the door like the Schuylkill set by the door. You sit up and listen to them tell you whatever they tell you, bringing in millions.

My old broker told me, Judith, what is the golden rule, asked me what is the golden rule?

I said, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

He said, No, Judith. He who has the gold makes the rules.

He who has the gold is helping you all make these rules, not the people who do not have money. But we're the ones who you ask to vote for you. We live here in the town. You're allowing people who do not reside in our community at this time to make the rules.

We understand that Philadelphia is a changing city, and for the good things that are changing, we're happy about, but there's a hell of a lot of murder and mayhem going on in our communities as these laws are changing.

In the Northeast, you all are trying to stop a methadone clinic from coming to your neighborhood. I bet you ain't going to use no doggone RCOs for that. You, O'Neill, Henon, and the others of you who live in the Northeast, you all are fighting in court against that methadone center, but then you want to turn around and tie our hands in other areas.

You all are out of order today. You need to rescind this bill and hold it or whatever you can do at this late date. You are out of order. Listen to the people, because we will not go away. We guarantee you that. That we can guarantee you.

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