Tried to condemn white supremacy this evening…

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.

 

Bob Mendes

Bob Mendes represents all of Nashville as a Council-At-Large member of Nashville’s Metro Council. He is Chair of the Council’s Charter Revision Committee, a member of the Metropolitan Audit Committee, and a member of the Council’s Budget & Finance Committee, Rules & Confirmations Committee, and Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee. Bob also practices business law at Waypoint Law PLLC. Bob’s complete bio is here. You can follow Bob @mendesbob.