I like Ms. Hart. I just don't think she is ready for DC. I would love to see her run for a state office and get some more legislative experience on her resume'. School board to US Congress is a big leap.
I am going to enjoy tallying up the tab for defending this sessions' b.s. in court. Fiscal conservative, my left foot. Between this attack on municipal contracting power driven by anti-gay animus, another bill that removes construction contracting union provisions, and the attack on Planned Parenthood, the state's attorneys are going to be pulling overtime.
On the bright side, the TNGOP has managed to alienate gays, women, Muslims, municipalities, Hispanics, atheists/agnostics, environmetalists, teachers, unions....did I miss anyone? This certainly makes coalition building easier on the Democratic side.
The GOP isn't prejudiced, of course...they hate anyone who isn't white, straight, and evangelical, regardless of any other factors.
It is precisely comments like the one above from Wintermute that keep the perception of Memphis as a backwater in the minds of people outside the area.
This is about attracting and retaining educated, talented workers and eliminating hostile workplace environments. This is about creating a climate where a worker is not subject to the fear, prejudice and ignorance of a manager who cannot or will not respect the individual without viewing them first through the lens of bigotry. 485 of the Fortune 500 companies offer workplace nondiscrimination protection to their workers. The City of Memphis is a major employer, and should follow the lead of the 200+ municipalities across the country that already have these protections in place. Even Salt Lake City, the bastion of the Church of Latter Day Saints (who are by no stretch of the imagination gay-friendly as an organization), passed both a nondiscrimination ordinance and a fair housing ordinance for LGBT citizens.
Talented, educated, creative class workers seek out companies and locales that they view as tolerant and progressive. If Memphis wants to attract these workers and the companies they own, manage and work for, then Memphis needs to change the perception that it is backwards and backwoods.
TEP is committed to a fully inclusive ordinance, and we will fight for the rights of the entire LGBT community and the straight community to be free from discrimination in the workplace based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Vice Chair, TEP Shelby County Committee
Just to clarify...the Ordinance addresses discrimination in City employment, and is up for its first of three readings this afternoon. The Resolution relates to requiring businesses that contract with the City to not discriminate against their employees while performing contracts for the City of Memphis. It is the latter that has been tabled for the time being.
Glad to know you won't be voting, Mr. Chandler. That eliminates any need for me to waste any more of my time reading any political posts from you, since you can't be bothered to participate.
Every time I think about having to find a parking spot downtown for the law school, it makes me really, really glad I graduated before they moved.
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