Let Fargo Speak! Don’t Let City Commissioners Silence Public Comment Period

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The ability to speak out at town meetings is a time-honored tradition, designed to ensure that members of the public have a meaningful opportunity to be heard before their elected representative officials.

But across the United States, local governing bodies are restricting – and sometimes even halting – public comment in an effort to streamline city business and make their meeting time more productive.

It's happening right here in Fargo, too.

Some want our city commissioners to curtail the public comment period from their meetings, saying it's time-consuming and they should skip it to get down to the real business of the city.

But the business our city leaders need to tend to is you – the people they represent.

Public comment at our City Commission meetings enables Fargo residents to address the board as a whole and allows people to be informed and educated about the concerns their neighbors have, too. An email or one-on-one meeting can't do that.

Access to public meetings and that face-to-face opportunity to talk to our elected officials is an essential feature of local democracy. Commissioners will be continuing the discussion on public comment and will bring new policy proposals in the near future. In the meantime, you can help shape their discussion by using your voice during public comment periods at City Commission meetings or contacting them directly.

Fargo's voices shouldn't be silenced. Will you contact the City Commission today and tell them to let Fargo speak?

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Let Fargo Speak - ACLU of North Dakota
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Please don’t limit the public comment period during Fargo City Commission meetings.

Access to public meetings and that face-to-face opportunity to talk to our elected officials is an essential feature of local democracy. Please don’t silence our voices. Let’s keep Fargo speaking!

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