After the events in Charlottesville over the weekend, I submitted a late-filed resolution condemning white supremacy. You can see it here. Multiple additional Council members signed on as co-sponsors.
Under our Council rules, because it was late-filed, I had to move to suspend our rules in order to consider the resolution tonight. Under the rules, if two members object, the rules cannot be suspended.
When I moved to suspend the rules, Council members Pardue and Vercher objected. So the Council could not consider the resolution tonight. Immediately after this, two other late-filed resolutions were considered — including one to honor the birthday of Jerry Lee Lewis. Both of these other late-filed resolutions were allowed to proceed and they were passed by the Council.
I plan to file the resolution for consideration at our next meeting. I am not going to let this just go away. It is too important.
UPDATE (August 24, 2017):
34 of 39 Council members have come together to denounce white supremacy. We issued a press release today, and a matching resolution will be on our September 5 agenda.
Members of the Metro Council released the following statement today denouncing white supremacist groups. pic.twitter.com/UwSPCoCqZw
— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) August 24, 2017