NAC Action Alert
KANSAS: Topeka
September 18, 2014

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WHOM WE'RE ASKING YOU TO CONTACT
You may be interested in additional detail associated with the Topeka Mayor and City Council members we've asked you to contact:

Mayor of Topeka
Larry Wolgast
215 SE 7th, Room 350
Topeka, KS 66603-3914
785-368-3895 Tel
lwolgast@topeka.org

Topeka City Council
District 1
Karen Hiller
1018 SW Lane St
Topeka, KS 66604
785-232-2917
khiller@topeka.org

District 2
TJ Brown
521 NE Sumner St
Topeka, KS 66616
785-554-1746
TJBrown@topeka.org

District 3
Sylvia Ortiz
837 SE Gilmore
Topeka, KS 66607
785-357-0717
sortiz@topeka.org

District 4
Denise Everhart
1706 SE 44th Terrace
Topeka, KS 66609
785-267-4098
deverhart@topeka.org

District 5
Michelle De La Isla

(sponsor of the proposed anti-nudity ordinance)
215 E. 7th Street, Room 255
Topeka, KS 66603
785-368-3710
mdelaisla@topeka.org

District 6
Chad Manspeaker
1304 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66604
785-220-9493
cmanspeaker@topeka.org

District 7
Elaine Schwartz
4120 SW Lincolnshire Rd.
Topeka, KS 66610
785-273-0688
eschwartz@topeka.org

District 8
Nathan Schmidt
6201 SW 22nd Park
Topeka, KS 66614
(C) 816-309-9181
nschmidt@topeka.org

District 9
Richard Harmon
935 SW Grand Ct.
Topeka, KS 66606
785-271-6962
rharmon@topeka.org

 

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DATE: September 18, 2014
SUBJECT: Topeka, Kansas: proposed anti-nudity ordinance
TO: Kansas naturists and other concerned citizens

Attention naturists:

This is an Action Alert from the Naturist Action Committee (NAC). In close coordination with local naturist activists in Kansas, NAC is asking you to take specific action to oppose a dangerous and poorly-worded anti-nudity ordinance in Topeka, Kansas.

QUICK BACKGROUND
A few weeks ago, a man was observed walking naked along a road in a sparsely populated portion of Topeka. It was a relatively slow news day, and a local TV station featured the story. CNN picked up the "news," which included a brief interview with the Shawnee County sheriff. The sheriff advised that no state or local law prevents public nudity, unless it's done with sexual intent, and that was apparently not the case in this instance.

Of course, that was an invitation for local lawmakers to create such a law. Topeka city council member Michelle De La Isla filed a proposed ordinance for consideration at the September 9 meeting of the council. That meeting was canceled for unrelated reasons; it will take place September 23.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Most ordinances must be presented twice before the City Council before a vote can be taken, but that
's not a guarantee. Regardless, the first presentation sets the tone. When a vote is taken after a second presentation, it's often just a rubber stamp of the sentiment that existed after the council's first look. It's important for opponents of this anti-nudity ordinance to make contact NOW.

WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?
If you are a Kansas resident, and especially if you're a resident of Topeka, NAC is asking you to do the following TWO THINGS:

   1) immediately contact the mayor and city council members by e-mail, opposing the ordinance.

   2) attend the September 23, 2014, meeting of the Topeka city council. During the public comment period, you will be given the opportunity to speak against the proposed ordinance, and NAC asks that you do so.

WRITE TO THESE OFFICIALS
NAC is reaching out to naturists throughout Kansas, because this proposed ordinance has a broad effect. Your comments will carry the most weight if you are a resident of Topeka.

Send your comments to Mayor Larry Wolgast and the nine Topeka City Council members:

 
lwolgast@topeka.org
 
khiller@topeka.org
 
TJBrown@topeka.org
 
sortiz@topeka.org
 
deverhart@topeka.org
 
mdelaisla@topeka.org
 
cmanspeaker@topeka.org
 
eschwartz@topeka.org
 
nschmidt@topeka.org
 
rharmon@topeka.org

For more information concerning the officials associated with these e-mail addresses, see the NAC web site:
www.naturistaction.org/topeka

WHO SHOULD WRITE?
The Naturist Action Committee is addressing this NAC Action Alert to Kansas residents. Topeka residents will have the greatest impact in this matter. Realistically, if you are from outside Kansas, your input to Topeka lawmakers is likely to be discounted. If you live elsewhere, but are a frequent visitor to Kansas, or have family members there, or do business there, then please write.

WHAT SHOULD YOU SAY?
When you're writing, be polite and concise. If you are a Kansas resident or have Kansas connections, you should mention that fact. If you are a Topeka resident, please say so prominently and give your residential address. Regardless, identify yourself by name. Anonymous comments are typically ignored.

Here are some simple points you may wish to make:

  1. The proposed ordinance is a solution in search of a problem. It would make bad law for the City of Topeka.

  2. The proposed ordinance specifically discriminates against women by the inclusion of gender-specific language.

  3. The proposed ordinance would criminalize nudity in a locker room at the gym or the swimming pool.

  4. The proposed ordinance would criminalize any man who stands at a urinal in a public restroom and uses it for its intended purpose.

  5. The proposed ordinance would criminalize nudity that
's incident to medical examinations in a hospital or doctor's office.

  6. The proposed ordinance would criminalize large numbers of women
's swimsuit bottoms, including those sold in Topeka shops.

PLEASE COPY NAC ON YOUR CORRESPONDENCE
You can help the effort by letting us know what you've said. Please send copies of your correspondence to NAC. E-mail works best.

     topekacomments@naturistaction.org

ATTEND THE TOPEKA CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 23
When: Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014, 6:00 PM
Where: City Council Chambers, 214 SE 8th Street

For talking points, see the suggested writing points, above.

WHAT IS NAC DOING?
NAC is working closely on this matter with Lake Edun Foundation, a naturist retreat on the outskirts of Topeka that is affiliated with The Naturist Society. NAC has briefed leaders of the American Association for Nude Recreation concerning this issue.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
You can find additional information, including this NAC Action Alert, at http://naturistaction.org/topeka or by visiting the NAC web site www.naturistaction.org and clicking on ALERTS.

On NAC's Action Alert page for Topeka, you'll find a link to the actual text of the proposed ordinance.

PLEASE HELP NAC CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!
The Naturist Action Committee is a nonprofit volunteer adjunct to The Naturist Society, a membership organization. NAC is committed to vigorous activism on behalf of naturists. NAC has no membership roster and receives no dues money. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary financial support of concerned naturists like YOU.

Won't you please send a generous donation to NAC?

   NAC
   PO Box 132
   Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 (8AM-4PM, Central Time, weekdays) to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:

   www.naturistaction.org/donate/

Thank you for choosing once again to make a difference.

Naturally,
Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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