It’s a day for the suspension community worldwide to have at least a small celebration. On Monday, the Springfield, Missouri city council voted 4-3 against regulation that would have restricted when and where we would be allowed to practice body suspension, and possibly would have restricted who could even view a body suspension taking place. For this final meeting, Shane Shields stepped up to remind the council of the rights they would be taking away from those who participate in suspension, as well as the long list of burdens they would place on the city in needing to not only set into place these new laws but also to monitor and enforce them. The nightmare of paperwork alone in sorting through release forms, permissions, neighbor signatures, and a hundred other things would have to fall on the city. Along with that there would also come writing, rewriting, and continuing to fight similar issues as the door would then be open for every hostile neighbor to file a complaint when someone near them didn’t behave as they saw fit. Apparently it was enough to sway a few votes. I am sure there are a few people who were not thrilled with the outcome, and it very well could still come up before the coucil again if amendments are made to it and another vote is needed. The directors of Springfield AGRO have encouraged the suspension community to reach out to the head of the city council Jim O’neal at firstname.lastname@example.org to thank them for protecting the suspension community in Springfield. A little gratitude from all of us might go a long way should this issue ever arise again in their city.
And while you are at it, make sure you send a congratulations out to the directors of AGRO Springfield for the hard work, as well as to Rick Pierceall who was there for them every step of the way. They had their friends beside them for support, but when it comes down to it, these guys all busted their asses to handle a rough situation that they were thrown into unexpectedly.
Congratulations to all of you on your success after such a drawn out fight.