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January 30, 2009

Controversial Sheriff Speaks At Hate Group Function

Posted in Hate Groups by Sonia Scherr on January 29, 2009

http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2009/01/29/controversial-sheriff-speaks-at-hate-group-function/#more-2935

A Nashville sheriff who’s been criticized for his crackdown on undocumented immigrants recently spoke at a white supremacist gathering.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall addressed the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white nationalist hate group, at a dinner meeting last Nov. 22. Descended from the pro-segregationist White Citizens’ Councils (also known as the uptown Klan), the CCC has described blacks as a “retrograde species of humanity” and “genetically inferior,” compared pop singer Michael Jackson to an ape, and condemned “race-mixing.”

Hall’s appearance at the Middle Tennessee CCC meeting was reported in the latest issue of the Citizens Informer, the CCC’s in-house publication. “The meeting drew the largest attendance in 12 years, with many youth in attendance,” the newsletter noted.

Karla Weikal, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said the Middle Tennessee CCC asked Hall to talk to the group about his immigration enforcement program. She said Hall often speaks to private groups about issues related to the sheriff’s office and was not aware of the CCC’s racist beliefs. “Those views would certainly not be views that Sheriff Hall would support. Absolutely not,” Weikal said. “He went before that group to provide information about a program that the sheriff’s office participates in. Period. It was not an endorsement of this organization.”

But critics of the sheriff’s handling of immigration enforcement said Hall should have known better. “I am shocked that he would appear before such a group,” said Nashville immigration lawyer Elliott Ozment. “Any claim that he might make that he did not know the nature of this group is really no excuse. He has staff that should be checking out these things.”

Fellow Nashville immigration attorney Mario Ramos agreed. “For Sheriff Hall to be speaking in front of a hate group shows a severe lack of judgment,” he said. “I think the citizens of Nashville will be outraged that he spoke before this kind of group.” As for the sheriff’s professed ignorance of the group’s ideology, Ramos said, “It’s hard to believe [the sheriff’s office] is that naïve or unprofessional. You’d imagine they’d do their homework.”

Indeed, if Hall had merely typed “Council of Conservative Citizens” into the Internet search engine Google, the top result would have been the CCC’s web address and site description, which reads, “Advocating against minorities and racial integration.” The website proclaims that the CCC “oppose[s] all efforts to mix the races of mankind.” Along with ads for white pride T-shirts, the group’s homepage features numerous articles from its “news team” linking blacks to violent crime.

The group has also flirted increasingly with anti-Semitism in recent years; after Pope Benedict XVI provoked an outcry last week by revoking the excommunication of schismatic bishop Richard Williamson — who claimed no more than 300,000 Jews died in the Holocaust, none of them in gas chambers — the CCC asserted on its website that Williamson was not a Holocaust denier: “He has simply stated that the numbers [sic] of Jewish deaths have been exaggerated for political reasons.”

The CCC isn’t fond of non-white immigrants, either. It has accused them of turning America into “a slimy brown mass of glop.”

Hall, who became sheriff in 2002, has drawn fire for his immigration enforcement strategy. Since 2007, the county has participated in 287G, a program that gives local agencies limited authority to enforce federal immigration law. After a drunken driver — who was also an undocumented immigrant with a lengthy criminal history — killed a husband and wife in 2006, Hall wrote a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking to take part in the program. Hall said it would allow the county to target undocumented immigrants who are dangerous offenders.

But immigrant rights activists say that hasn’t happened. Instead, of the nearly 3,000 people arrested during the program’s first year, half were nabbed for minor traffic violations such as driving without a license, according to an April 2008 analysis by The Tennessean. Last July, a pregnant woman who had been arrested for careless driving was chained to a hospital bed as she gave birth. Juana Villegas’ story was featured prominently in The New York Times. (The sheriff later announced that pregnant women would no longer be shackled unless they posed a clear risk to themselves or others, The Tennessean reported.)

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Weikal defended the immigration enforcement program, saying that Nashville police make all the arrests and that the sheriff’s office merely screens those who are foreign-born.

But Ozment, who represents Villegas, said he wasn’t surprised that the CCC wanted to know more about 287G. Both Ozment and Gregg Ramos, a Nashville attorney and civil rights advocate (no relation to Mario Ramos), said the program’s implementation in Davidson County has led to racial profiling of Hispanics. “It is open season on Hispanics in Nashville now,” Ozment said. (Ozment previously served on a council formed to advise the sheriff on 287G, but Hall kicked him off after Ozment said publicly that the council played no meaningful role.)

Added Mario Ramos: “I’m left to wonder where else he [Hall] has spoken. If he feels this is where the audience is for 287G, what a sad comment on 287G.”

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January 23, 2009

Facebook Tools to defeat English Only in Nashville TN

Last night the supporters of Nashville for all of us celebrated the results of the defeat of English Only. This election was a test of the will of the city; an elected city councilman Eric Crafton against immigrants and their supporters. To defeat this ballot the supporters reached out to all their networks. Mayor Dean, the Chamber of Commerce and many groups and individuals joined the fight. The Nashville for all of us was a display of all of the groups of the city.

The tools of the web were put to good use by the opponents to English Only. I created an event on the first day of voting on Facebook;

http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/event.php?eid=57046083205

The Facebook group Vote No to the Nashville English Only Referendum on January 22, 2009 for all of us helped link the event to its supporters. This grew by itself as the youth of the city joined and told their friends.

I had planned on being in Nashville for the holidays. However at the last moment my wife Iris and her sister Alma convinced me that we should go visit Alma’s husband in Key West. There we spend the Christmas holidays swimming, fishing, eating and relaxing. I would log into the web every day to see how the event was going. The list on attendees grew from 4, to 6, to 8, to 14, 16, 24, 28, 41 and then 48. Iris and Alma laughed and told me that we are going to lose because the projected necessary vote to win is 25,000. When the event reached 100 none of us could believe it. On 12/31/08 when I last checked the event was at 219. So after having a great Cuban meal at midnight and celebrating on Duvall Street for the New Years we went to bed at 1:30 am. We woke at the break of dawn to a beautiful sunrise in Key West. We drove back (17 hours) and returned to Nashville at midnight on 1/1/09. On 1/2/09 at 7:50 am I was in line to vote against English Only. First in line was a rabbi “against”, 2nd a very serious young man “Yes” in support of English Only, 3rd was Councilman Sean McGuire “against” and me in 4th. I know this sound like the start of a bad joke. On January 2, 2009 my Facebook event had 265 confirmed guests; maybe attending 82; not attending 195 and awaiting reply 547.

This was the first time I used the event feature on Facebook. My purpose for the event was to motivate the opponents to English Only to start voting early and then take family and friends during the early voting period up to 1/17. The election was held on 1/22/09. With so many things to do during the month this way we can vote and not lose the opportunity. To win we need all the attendees to take others to vote. At dinner at our house on 1/5 my mother Renee asked where can she vote? On the following Friday at lunchtime I took Iris, Alma and my mother to vote “against”.

The result of the final having registered as voted on my Facebook event for January 2, 2009 astonished me with a grand total of 808 confirmed guests (2% of the 41,752 against English Only) versus yes vote of 32,144. 316 registered as maybe attending; 1,133 not Attending 718 and awaiting Reply. To put this in a different perspective the 808 was roughly 10% of the total early vote of 8,725 against.

As I discussed with John Lamb, creator of the Nashvilleforallofus.org website at the election event last night these Facebook tools were not available until recently. Facebook allowed the Nashville for all of us to link the individual networks together into a larger network. The result was a combined show of power which turned defeat into a victory.

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Victory against English Only in Nashville, TN

January 23, 2009

Last night the supporters of Nashville for all of us celebrated the results of the defeat of English Only. This election was a test of the will of the city; an elected city councilman Eric Crafton against immigrants and their supporters. To defeat this ballot the supporters reached out to all their networks. Mayor Dean, the Chamber of Commerce and many groups and individuals joined the fight. The Nashville for all of us was a display of all of the groups of the city.

The tools of the web were put to good use by the opponents to English Only. I created an event on the first day of voting on Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/event.php?eid=57046083205

The Facebook group Vote No to the Nashville English Only Referendum on January 22, 2009 for all of us helped link the event to its supporters. This grew by itself as the youth of the city joined and told their friends.

The result of the turnout on January 2, 2009 astonished me as a grand total of 808 confirmed guests (2% of the 41,752 against English Only) versus yes vote of 32,144. 316 registered as maybe attending; 1,133 not Attending 718 and awaiting Reply. To put this in a different perspective the 808 was roughly 10% of the total early vote of 8,725 against.

As I discussed with John Lamb, creator of the Nashvilleforallofus.org website at the election event last night these Facebook tools were not available until recently. Facebook allowed the Nashville for all of us to link the individual networks together into a larger network. The result was a combined show of power which turned defeat into a victory.

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January 22, 2009

The current state of immigration law

Here is an article which describes the current immigration policy absent immigration reform in the US;

Immigration agents casting their nets beyond fugitive list
By Leslie Berestein, Staff Writer, January 18, 2009

"ICE FUGITIVE OPERATIONS: BY THE NUMBERS
558,000: Estimated number of people on ICE's fugitive list
34,155: Number of arrests that fugitive teams made in fiscal 2008
25,936: People arrested in 2008 whose names were on the fugitive list
30,408: Number of arrests in 2007
18,324: People arrested in 2007 whose names were on the list
15,462: Number of arrests in 2006
10,109: People arrested in 2006 whose names were on the list
$226.5 million: ICE budget for fugitive operations in fiscal 2009
$121.9 million: Budget for fugitive operations in 2006
SOURCE: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The hazy violet light of dawn is just appearing in the eastern sky one recent morning as a team of immigration agents steps quietly onto the front porch of a rickety wooden house in Escondido tucked next to a thrift shop.
Wearing vests and jackets labeled “police,” the agents knock on the screen door. A couple of minutes go by before a short, stocky man in a red tank top appears, his dark hair in disarray as if he had been roused from bed.

“Somos policía,” one of the agents begins in Spanish. “We're police. Do you mind if we come inside to talk to you?”
It is a scene that has become increasingly common in immigrant communities. Since 2003, a growing staff of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has been charged with removing hundreds of thousands of people nationwide who have not complied with deportation orders.

ICE officials credit the policy with significantly reducing the nation's list of noncompliant deportees, whom the agency refers to as fugitives. But it has a particularly controversial component: Once inside a home, it's common for agents check the immigration status of others, sometimes even when the person they are seeking isn't there.
Out of the 80,025 arrests made by ICE fugitive teams in fiscal years 2006 through 2008, nearly one-third were people not on the list...'.

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jan/18/1n18immig211029-immigration-agents-casting-their-n/

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January 16, 2009

Tower of Babel shows God's love for language diversity

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090116/OPINION03/901160390/1007/OPINION

Tennessee Voices

"One resource for Christians in Nashville concerning their position on the English-only amendment seems to be the story of the Tower of Babel in the 10th and 11th chapters of Genesis.

Though many claim the story as a biblical justification for English-only, a closer reading of the narrative suggests something different. Babel is not a declaration that diversity in language is a punishment for thinking ourselves as important as God.
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Rather, Babel tells us that enforcing one language through the rule of law is tantamount to empire building, a sinful goal sought by Israel's captors and even Israel itself.".

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January 13, 2009

US immigration reform in Sept

Jan 12, 2009, The Straits Times;

"WASHINGTON - AFTER two failed attempts in 2006 and 2007, immigration reform could finally be pushed through both houses of the US Congress starting in September, civil rights activists said.

'We are confident and very optimistic that there's likely to be a big window of opportunity between September 2009 and March 2010,' America's Voice pro-reform group director Frank Sharry said in a telephone conference.

'I think that would be a good time simply because there are no federal elections going on, and beyond that, it is really important for us to get this really done at a time when we do not have huge immigration rhetoric going on around the nation,' said Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archbishop Roger Mahony.

Ms Janet Murguia, president of La Raza, the country's main Hispanic lobby group, was hopeful immigration reform would be approved during the 111th Congress that started last week.

After the Nov 4 general elections, Democrats are comfortably in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The last immigration reform proposal in 2007 sailed through the House but stumbled in the Senate, where it came up one short of the required two-thirds or 60 vote majority".

http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/World/Story/STIStory_325141.html

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January 12, 2009

TO: Supporters of Nashville and Opponents of English Only

FROM: Jim Hester
DATE: January 12, 2009
RE: Where things stand

First of all, thank you for all of your hard work over the past few weeks. It has been amazing to watch the energy and passion of this coalition come together in a unified effort to defeat the two amendments that will be on the ballot Jan. 22. We have accomplished more in the first twelve days of 2009 than most campaigns accomplish in 120 days. But the real work of this effort – getting our voters to the polls – is still ahead of us.

While everyone is working around the clock to defeat this amendment, we still have 10 days to go, and an uphill battle ahead of us. Like I’ve mentioned before, we’re running against an opponent with deep pockets. Simply put, we need more resources. Please click here to donate to the campaign; http://www.nashvilleforallofus.org/Contribute.html. If you don’t have the means to donate financially, visit the Web site, www.nashvilleforallofus.org, for additional ways to support our efforts.

Here’s a quick snapshot of what we’ve accomplished just in the past week:

We opened a new campaign headquarters at 1814 Church Street. Volunteers showed up before we even had furniture and are there every night and day getting the word out.
Our television ad has begun running on local television. We also have a number of spots up on YouTube and you can check them out here; http://www.youtube.com/NashvilleforAllofUs

Faith Leaders for All of Us held a breakfast and follow-up news conference Thursday at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, where more than 240 clergy leaders released a joint statement against English Only.
The coalition has grown to hundreds of groups, churches and organizations raising growing concerns about the negative impact this amendment will have on the city’s economic development efforts. The media has continued to uncover the negative consequences of English Only:

WSMV.com
English-Only Measure May Not Save Money
Some Services To Non-English Speakers Mandated By Federal Law, Full Story; http://www.wsmv.com/news/18443664/detail.html#-

Tennessean
African-American leaders gathering over English-only, Full Story; http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090108/NEWS/90108067/1017/NEWS03

The City Paper
Guest Commentary: With English Only amendment, the ‘Know Nothings’ are back, By Nathan Moore, January 8, 2009, Full Story; http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/news.php?viewStory=65239


The Tennessean
A vote against English-only is a vote for Nashville, By Gail Kerr, January 6, 2009, Full Story; http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090106/COLUMNIST0101/901060344/1008/OPINION01

Thanks again for all you are doing to help the cause. If we keep working hard, we can defeat this effort. Please remind everyone you know to go and vote against Amendment One and Amendment Two.

Thank you.

Jim

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January 11, 2009

Important note from Anne Davis (Wife of Mayor Dean); English-only

Please join First Lady Andrea Conte, Martha Cooper and me (Anne Davis (Wife of Mayor Dean)to vote AGAINST amendments 1 and 2.

Tuesday, January 13, 12:30 p.m. at the Howard School Building, 800 Second Avenue South

We are in the middle of a special election to decide whether Nashville should change our Metro Charter in order to declare that English is the only language our government will use in communicating with constituents or visitors to our city. And a second amendment would create a much easier process for changing the Charter.

Briefly, here is why we oppose these amendments:
“English Only” sends the wrong message about Nashville. These amendments would hurt business. It’s bad for our image. It’s a huge waste.

Thank you again for all you do to make Nashville a great city, and I hope to see you at the voting booth.

Yours,

Anne Davis
www.nashvilleforallofus.org

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January 08, 2009

Nashville for All of Us is proud to announce the opening of our campaign office this Thursday, January 8.

Go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47387202177

Nashville for All of Us is proud to announce the opening of our campaign office this Thursday, January 8.

1814 Church Street, Nashville, 37203
(former Ronnie Steine office, next to Budget Rent-a-car)
Google Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=1814+Church+St,+Nashville,+TN+37203&sll=36.154604,-86.798408&sspn=0,359.993702&ie=UTF8&ll=36.156571,-86.798601&spn=0.007173,0.012596&z=16&g=1814+Church+St,+Nashville,+TN+37203&iwloc=addr

The building, also known as "Against HQ," will be the primary phonebanking and canvassing location. We'll be open every day between this Thursday and Election Day, January 22 - only two weeks away!

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 8pm
Sunday: 1pm - 6pm

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January 07, 2009

A Matter of Vital Importance; Please vote against the English-only Referendum

From: Avi Poster [mailto:aviposter@comcast.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 7:39 PM
Subject: A Matter of Vital Importance; Please vote against the English-only Referendum

After reading the letter below, feel free to pass it on to your e-lists or use portions of this in a note of your own. If you are a Davidson County resident ... I hope you will vote (against-against) these resolutions. If you are not a Davidson County resident, please consider passing this on to those you know who are because the outcome of this election will affect all of us who live in the metropolitan area and who work in and love Nashville. ... Avi
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As you are well aware, a resolution has been placed on the ballot this month in Davidson County for the sole purpose of unduly limiting government communication to the English language only. I am writing this email to personally appeal to you to be sure to go to the polls to vote AGAINST this resolution as well as vote AGAINST its companion resolution calling for a reduction in the number of signatures needed to place a resolution on a ballot. The latter calls for reducing the already low threshold for signatures needed to bring frivolous resolutions like English Only before the public.

I believe you know me as a person of reason. Please trust me when I say that passage of this proposed English Only resolution will not only be harmful to those new to our city, but will establish Nashville as a regressive community, one in which diversity is neither welcome nor celebrated. In fact, if this resolution passes, Nashville will become the largest community in the United States to have adopted such a restrictive policy.

In the simplest of terms, the proposed English Only resolution is unnecessary and divisive public policy, one that will make the assimilation and adjustment of new arrivals to our community even more difficult than it already is. If adopted, this resolution will cause irreparable harm to our local economy and revenue stream, will negatively impact our employment base, and will paint our community, for the world to see, as one that does not welcome or embrace differences among us. The fact remains that English has already been adopted as the official language of the State of Tennessee. This English Only resolution will only succeed in placing unwarranted obstacles in front of some of the most vulnerable among us. I encourage you to read the Nashville For All Of Us fact sheet (http://host1.bondware.com/~tennes/photos/File58.pdf) that details why this is simply bad policy.

I have joined a broad coalition of voices and organizations in our community that has emerged in opposition to the English Only resolution. This coalition includes our Mayor, three quarters of our City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, a large number of community leaders from a variety of arenas, both of our local daily newspapers - the Tennessean and the City Paper, all of our university presidents, more than 200 local clergy, major nonprofit organizations, leaders in government and education, and many, many others. I am hoping you will be part of this growing coalition. For more information about this coalition and the effort being mounted against the English Only resolution, as well as to sign on as a supporter, go to the Nashville For All Of Us website (http://www.nashvilleforallofus.org/About.html).

Early Voting has already begun and will continue through January 17 at the Davidson County Election Commission (the old Howard School located right off of Route 65 at 800 2nd Avenue, South). Election Day will take place on January 22 at neighborhood polling places (ironically the same week our new President will be inaugurated and our nation will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday). My hope is that you will go to the polls early … and will cast your vote AGAINST both of the proposals being forwarded.

As I cannot do justice in this short call for action to the horde of reasons why your vote is absolutely needed, please feel free to contact me, at any time, with questions or for more information. AND ... please feel encouraged to pass this email on to your e-list.

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January 06, 2009

Facebook Event follow up

The Facebook event went very well; I had planned on being in Nashville for the holidays. However at the last moment my wife Iris and her sister Alma convinced me that we should go visit Alma’s husband in Key West. There we spend the Christmas holidays swimming, fishing, eating and relaxing. I would log into the web every day to see how the event was going. The list on attendees grew from 4, to 6, to 8, to 14, 16, 24, 28, 41 and then 48. Iris and Alma laughed and told me that we are going to lose because the projected necessary vote to win is 25,000. When the event reached 100 none of us could believe it. On 12/31/08 when I last checked the event was at 219. So after having a great Cuban meal at midnight and celebrating on Duvall Street for the New Years we went to bed at 1:30 am. We woke at the break of dawn to a beautiful sunrise in Key West. We drove back (17 hours) and returned to Nashville at midnight on 1/1/09. On 1/2/09 at 7:50 am I was in line to vote against English Only. First in line was a rabbi “against”, 2nd a very serious young man “Yes” in support of English Only, 3rd was Councilman Sean McGuire “against” and me in 4th. I know this sounds like the start of a bad joke.

On January 2, 2009 my Facebook event had 265 confirmed guests; maybe attending 82; not attending 195 and awaiting reply 547. This was the first time I used the event feature; here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=39445163151

My purpose for the event was to motivate the opponents to English Only to start voting early and then take family and friends during the early voting period up to 1/17. The election is on 1/22/09. With so many things to do during the month this way we can vote and not lose the opportunity. To win we need all the attendees to take others to vote. Last night at dinner my mother Renee asked where can she vote? So this Friday at lunchtime I will take Iris, Alma, my mother, her brother and wife to vote “against”.

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January 05, 2009

'English-Only'& Immigration an Educational Forum with Coalition for Education about Immigration (CEI)and Nashville for All of Us

Wednesday, January 7th, 7:00 pm

@ West Nashville United Methodist Church

4710 Charlotte Ave. (48th & Charlotte)

Join us for an hour of education and dialogue about the issues,
and learn more about how to get involved in efforts to oppose the referendum.

615-297-3216

www.westnashvilleumc.org
westnashumc@westnashvilleumc.org
CEI
Nashville for All of Us

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January 02, 2009

Happy New Year from Karl Dean; Please vote AGAINST English-only

Dear Friends,

I hope that you and your family enjoyed the holidays and were able to take some time to reflect and appreciate the year gone by.

As I have had the opportunity to say many times over the last year, Nashville is a great city. I enjoy being Mayor and I am grateful to the citizens of Nashville for allowing me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. It has been an exciting year for the city. We’re making progress on my plans for education reform. We’ve added over 100 new officers to our police force. And plans to build a new downtown convention center are well underway, which when completed will give our city a huge economic boost. We face many challenges, but I truly believe that our best days are yet to come.

As we work together to make progress for our city, I want to bring to your attention an issue of pressing importance. Starting today with Early Vote and on Election Day January 22, voters will have the opportunity to go to the polls for a special election on two amendments to the Metro Charter.

One of these amendments makes English the official language of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and prohibits government services from being offered in languages other than English. The other amendment makes it far easier to amend the charter.

I am strongly against these charter amendments and I want you to join me in voting against English Only and Amendment No. 2.

While I do not question the intentions of the proponents of this initiative, I feel a responsibility as mayor to explain the implications such a radical change in our law could have for our city.

First, let me explain what the English Only amendment is not. It is not a vote on immigration reform and it is not a harmless message to office holders. The proposed charter amendment will have absolutely no effect upon efforts to curtail illegal immigration or to reform current national policy. Rather than permitting voters to send a message to the government, the referendum alters our charter in a way that will create legal, political, social and even moral consequences for years to come.

To me, it is the antithesis of hospitality and an unnecessary drain on taxpayer resources. The issue is divisive and will distract us from doing those things that will help us realize our potential as not just a great American city, but a great international city.

English is the official language of Tennessee. That is not in question. We have too much potential to allow this unnecessary measure to hurt us in so many ways.

Amendment No. 2 will make it easier to change our Metro Charter. This amendment is unnecessary because Nashville citizens already have the power to change the charter and it has been changed, even in the short time I have been Mayor. If this amendment passes, special interest groups will be able to put amendments on the ballot every year, even if they keep losing, and this process will likely make government more expensive and inefficient.

A coalition has formed to fight these amendments. It is called Nashville for all of Us.

They will be sending out information and e-mails about the campaign to stop these changes in our charter. Please sign up to join their effort.

And I hope that you will join me in voting against English Only.

Karl F. Dean

Mayor of Nashville

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