THANK YOU to every one of you that went to Take 'Em Down NOLA's second line at the Robert E. Lee statue. Hundreds of people were in attendance, and the rally gained local and national media attention.
But the fight to bring down the rest of the pro-Confederacy monuments is far from over. Recently, House Bill 71 was passed out of committee in the state legislature. This bill “would forbid the removal, renaming or alteration of any military monument of any war, including the 'War Between the States,' that is situated on public property."
Though the measure was amended to require the support of a majority of voters in a public election before any monuments could be removed, it's clear that this is a targeted attempt to keep these monuments to white supremacy standing. You can read more about the debate on this bill here.
HB 71 now moves to the floor, so tell your State House Reps how you feel about it!
If you don't know who your state representative is, go to www.legis.la.gov. Click on "Who are my Legislators?" on the left side of the Home page, and enter your address. Then click on your State Representative's name to be taken to their websites and their contact info. It's actually really quick to do, promise.
WHO TO CALL (example – your reps may differ!):
St. Rep Cameron Henry: (504) 838-5433
Call Lt. Gov Nungesser: (225) 342-7009 and tell him you support taking the statues down in New Orleans
Call Mayor Landrieu: (504) 658-4900 and tell him the same, then thank him for taking ‘em down!
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Only call your own representatives. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!
Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.
I am calling to ask Rep. [NAME] to vote against House Bill 71. The Confederate monuments in question that our state put up were not to celebrate the common soldiers who fought in the Confederacy, but were installed specifically by white supremacist groups in response to Reconstruction and the political inclusion of African Americans. They were installed as a means to rewrite history and pretend the Confederacy did not lose. I support taking these statutes down, and I do not support the state meddling in what monuments local municipalities decide to take down.
Thank you for your time, and for your hard work answering the phones.
This call is courtesy of Indivisible Metairie.