Boston City Council passes Mayor Wu ordinance restricting targeted protests at people’s homes

Mayor Michelle Wu, who filed the ordinance and has been a target of such protests, must now sign the measure.

BOSTON — The Boston City Council voted on Wednesday to ban targeted protests at people’s homes between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 9 a.m.

The request for the local ordinance was requested by Mayor Michelle Wu, who has been the target of early morning protests at her home in Roslindale

Many of those protesters started gathering before dawn, with bullhorns, angered over the mayor’s COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates.

The City Council voted 9-4 to pass the ordinance.

There were several people outside her home on Wednesday morning.

Wu posted a photo of protesters at her home just the other day, saying “13 weeks now & some people still think yelling outside my house will get me to resign.”

“This ordinance balances the needs of our residents to have an expectation of privacy and peace in their homes in the early morning hours with the right to protest,” said Councilor Ricardo Arroyo. “It is narrowly tailored with reasonable limitations on time, place, and manner of speech while being content neutral. This ordinance would allow for all picketing, even targeted residential picketing, for twelve hours of the day.”

The ordinance now heads to the Mayor’s desk.

It will take effect once she signs it.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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