of note tonight: petition to rename emancipation & justice parks and changes to the special event permitting procescharlottesville.org/home/showdocum…6vxc
it’s city council time.
“he’s not that bad” - mary carey on mike signer.
this is so spicy. 🔥🌶
re: charlottesville — “we didn’t ask to come here, but we built it.”
cops police council chambers more closely than they do neofascists.
“unlike you, i admit i’m fighting a class war.”
“i don’t believe we can have private solutions to public problems.”
called kathy the queen of gentrification 👑
“we don’t hear about anything until and hour before you vote on it!”
108 of 155 recorded cases were african american. that’s... not representative of the city’s demographics.
nikuyah is concerned about the numbers jeff presented. she’s pinning it on “increased activism” and “the events of the summer” ????
jeff is standing, yelling from the gallery: “you know what, the nazis kept good statistics, too. that doesn’t prove anything”
it wasn’t republicans or the alt right that closed our gay bar, it was hedge fund managers and developers.
why don’t we wait to see some effort from dewberry to finish this project before we give him anything else.
he’s asked several orgs for help with a program to assist ex-offenders.
“there has to be more.”
“when i came home, i had nothing.”
nikuyah speaking with compassion on the issue.
maurice jones reading the names submitted in the “naming contest,” generated by parks & rec, and the petition.
“it was clearly named by a well-intended white person and well-intended white people have caused a lot of harm in this city.”
“let those people know they are not welcome here. make it clear.”
nah dude, sit down. this is about the name of the park.
“i’m asking us not to be ruled by ‘us against them.’”
he’s... not making a lot of sense.
“we don’t need to be ruled by the statues.”
it’s obvious “emancipation park” wasn’t what people wanted.
take some time to rethink process, engage community
focus on the process of culturally sensitive public engagement.
says she was told “emancipation park” wasn’t even on the list of possible names.
“emancipation means people are supposed to be free, but it’s been centuries” and black people still aren’t free.
“you got a 100 foot man on a horse who never did anything for anybody”
we can’t memorialize the black families displaced by development but we honor a man who fought for slavery.
there’s a lot of anxiety about “losing all the work that was done before” re: the names generated by parks & rec and the “naming contest.” who cares, though?
jones says response rate to mailers won’t be very high
perfect. done. all the names. every single fucking one. we can melt down the statue to make the world’s largest plaque.
“if your guidelines don’t allow for permitted punching of nazis, it needs to be thrown out”
why reduce the # of participants that requires a permit from 50 to 10? no reason given.
why make a change? current ordinance is sufficient.
need to draw the line between content-neutral judgement and looking at INTENT to cause harm. you don’t have to look the other way on intent.
who’s actually in charge of executing and being responsible for this? if it’s the city manager, that’s opaque and unaccountable. we don’t need new regulations, we need accountability
fire these officers. immediately. fire their superiors for not firing them sooner.
city council would be criminalizing folks gathering to speak out on things like... city council votes.
“when i was a young lady, back in the day, marching for civil rights... we had to have permits, too. but we weren’t protected.” got water hoses, dogs, beatings...
“we went out there to show this country you could get your rights without violence.
“three people died. more than fifty people were injured.” “you talk about money, lawsuits... SO LET ‘EM SUE YOU!”
yes. YES. let ‘em sue. stand up for us.
ehhhh, i dunno about this “free speech cage” model, though.
nazis know a class war is going on here. “when you’re focusing on permits, you’re not focusing on the right issues.”
candlelight vigils are not the issues. fascism is the issue. white supremacist violence is the issue.
nikuyah agrees that we shouldn’t focus on isolated incidents - these ordinances will affect people here, every day.
no one is confusing a street medic with a paramedic. and they are HELPING PEOPLE.
“there is an opportunity for confusion about what are know as ‘street medics’ or ‘protest medics.’”
NO THERE ISN’T.
he agrees that the red tape’s fine. so what are we talking about? we’re talking in circles about something that never happened
injuries on the front lines in the war of civic engagement.
i deeply regret not putting that tylenol bottle back in my purse. i may be one of the youngest people in this room, but my joints would argue otherwise.