Citizens Unite

to be heard by the City Council

by Mark Ravi

Citizens Unite

to be heard by the City Council

by Mark Ravi

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In a basement room in a church,

there’s a hustle and bustle of activity as a group of activists and organizers are all a buzz. They’re all preparing for the City Council meeting in just a few days time. This Tuesday at City Hall, the City Council will be making 3 key decisions that will affect the community in a various number of ways. The first is Instant Runoff voting (IRV).

In a basement room in a church,
 

there’s a hustle and bustle of activity as a group of activists and organizers are all a buzz. They’re all preparing for the City Council meeting in just a few days time. This Tuesday at City Hall, the City Council will be making 3 key decisions that will affect the community in a various number of ways. The first is Instant Runoff voting (IRV).

The second is regarding the Frayser Landfill. The third is regarding the highly contested parade and protest ordinance. It will be the third and final reading regarding for IRV and the Frayser Landfill. It will be the first reading of the parade and public gathering ordinance. The Coalition of Concerned Citizens held this ‘Strategy Session’ to address their approach to the 3 separate issues on the agenda at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.

In 2008, 71% of voters voted for IRV. Under IRV, voters can pick their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices for City Council. This allows them to vote once, rather than coming back to the polls a number of times. IRV makes hew voting process easier for many constituents. To do away with the process would be to make it more difficult for voters. IRV also opens up the doors for many lesser-known, lesser-funded candidates. With the City Council’s move to repeal the referendum, many see it is a voter suppression tactic. The third and final reading makes will finalize the repeal, should it pass.

Get Involved

You are invited

The City Council meeting will begin at 3:30pm on Tuesday. A representative from Coalition of Concerned Citizens urged all citizens to attend this Tuesday’s meeting and take a stance on these 3 key issues on the agenda.

The Memphis Wrecking Company is looking to change zoning to expand an area landfill in Frayser. The area of land in question is next to an organic farm and the expansion would move the landfill also closer to a neighboring school. The community went into uproar over this issue in 2015 resulting in the owners pulling their application back then. The issue is back up at City Council in 2017, and is up for it’s third and final reading this Tuesday.

The final issue addressed in Saturday’s meeting, was the highly contested parade and protest ordinance that was introduced over the holiday week. Over the last week the Coalition of Concerned Citizens held a legislative breakout session in which all the results were presented to the City Council, regarding the hotly contested parade and protest ordinance. Language from that breakout session is being introduced into the first reading of the ordinance this Tuesday. Activists say, however, that there is still plenty that needs to change in that ordinance and that the public should be in attendance for all three readings as to try and urge the Council to make those changes and keep other language from slipping into that ordinance.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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