Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Memphis Greenlights Pro-Immigration Protest

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 3:44 PM

  • Courtesy of Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz

A pro-immigration protest will proceed legally Wednesday evening after the event's organizers worked with city officials to iron out a permitting issue Tuesday.

Two groups, Leadership from Refugee Empowerment Program (LREP) and Comunidades Unidas en Una Voz (CUUV), joined separate efforts planned for Wednesday evening to protest executive orders on immigration and refugees signed recently by President Donald Trump.

The event's organizers never formally applied for a permit to march, the city's chief legal officer Bruce McMullen said Tuesday morning. Some organizers on Facebook said the city denied the permit because it wasn't applied for 14 days in advance. The organizers and the city worked together Tuesday to ensure the march was legal.

"We received written notice this afternoon from organizers of a planned march for Wednesday that they claim the exception to the city ordinance governing permit requirements," said McMullen in a statement late Tuesday. "The city has determined that this event meets the exception for spontaneous events, therefore it is lawful."

The protestors are scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. at Clayborn Temple. The group will then walk down Pontotoc to Mulberry to end at the National Civil Rights Museum.

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