This is unequivocally false; no one's pending charges or past convictions "disappear":
District Attorney General Amy Weirich confirmed that her office does perform a background check on U Visa applicants, but she said that's because an applicant's criminal record is wiped clean if a U Visa is approved. She said criminal records are weighed on a case-by-case basis.
"If you've got a pending murder case in California, it wouldn't serve the ends of justice to have that wiped clean," Weirich said.
Thank you, Count. This article and accompanying comments are extremely disgusting. If only our city would improve resources and infrastructure in poor neighborhoods for the people already living in those neighborhoods instead of turning them into lil Disneylands for middle class white people....
Marty, it's been a pleasure to meet with and work with you and the hundreds of others coming together to fight the disastrous effects of economic imperialism, urban neoliberalism, unchecked corporate greed, capitalism, or whatever you want to call it.
I feel like my Memphis has expanded exponentially in a million different directions as we all break out of our atomized existence to organize together, learn from each other, and have our preconceptions blown away.
Niles, every state constitution guarantees free public education, with federal laws to back it up.
@BVW - Are you serious? This entire column oozes condescension towards Memphians acting in the interest of the community rather than their own pocketbooks. You say those advocating a boycott miss the "irony" of their position; you glorify your small business buddies over the lowly people who actually patronize their shops, saying that their profit motive is what makes this part of town so vibrant. You completely ignore threats of layoffs, which is pretty much torture these days, and the failure of the "business community" to get involved with the bike lane planning with the rest of us mere mortals.
You suggest the proper approach is just to play nice on their terms (since they weren't interested in playing on the people's terms). Your attempt to be pro-bike lane and pro-anti-bike-lane-small business is a perfect example of why politics in this country is so hopeless; corporate democrats may say they hold certain positions, but when it comes to putting in the messy, hard work, y'all prefer capitulation in the name of "pragmatism" and mock those who actually act.
mad merc - the seven people arrested in nashville for getting worked up over the stupidity in the state house were acquitted last week, but the flyer is not going to report on that at the same time they're lecturing us not to offend the sacred business community.
It is not the businesses on Madison "that keep Midtown thriving"--it is the people who live in the communities that the businesses are supposed to serve.
I am disgusted to find the editor of our "alternative" weekly wagging his finger at activists who support putting economic pressure on businesses that oppose bike lanes down Madison. Although disinterested in this issue, even I was aware of well-publicized meetings and planning; it would have been easy for any of these business owners to get involved in the process as partners with the community from the beginning. To feign surprise or to pretend they were left out is disingenuous. The families and individuals who make up the cycling community have worked long and hard organizing around this issue; the boycott some are suggesting is one of the few weapons in the grassroots arsenal.
It is a gross simplification to say that the cyclists are trying to "hurt" the small businesses of midtown: some people examine ethical considerations when deciding where to spend their dollars; it is their right not to spend money at a business that is actively hurting their cause. And it is their responsibility to let the rest of us know what is going on. If anyone loses profits over this because business owners are not willing to look at the evidence and listen to their customers, then they are the ones making a bad choice here.
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