1/12/16 PRESS RELEASE: TAKE EM DOWN NOLA LEGAL TEAM FILES BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF TAKING DOWN CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS IN NEW ORLEANS

CONTACT: Michael “Quess” Moore
CONTACT: Malcolm Suber

TAKE EM DOWN NOLA LEGAL TEAM FILES BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF TAKING DOWN CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS IN NEW ORLEANS

NEW ORLEANS – A volunteer legal team comprised of several civil rights organizations and  ‘movement lawyers,’ today filed an amicus brief on behalf of Take Em Down NOLA in a lawsuit filed by opponents of taking down four federal monuments in New Orleans.

“Take Em Down NOLA is in support of the City of New Orleans' December 17, 2015, historic decision to remove four monuments to White Supremacy and will continue to organize and spread awareness about the present injunction until all four of the monuments are permanently removed from the public square. This is but the first necessary step in clearing the public space of all symbols of White Supremacy in New Orleans,” said Michael “Quess” Moore, TEDN founder.

 The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) assisted with the amicus brief and supports TEDN in its effort to remove the confederate monuments in New Orleans.  

“Those who are trying to block the city from taking down the monuments are relying on a distorted view of American history,” said Rhonda Brownstein, SPLC legal director.  “The fact is that these monuments were built during the Jim Crow era to announce the return of white supremacist rule and racial subordination in the South. It is past time to put this racist history behind us, and taking monuments down is a good step.”

 Monumental Task Committee, Inc., et. al., is suing to stop the City of New Orleans from removing statues deemed public nuisances, among them are Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard officers of the so-called Confederate States of America that tried to overthrow the U.S. government. Also, the Battle of Liberty Place obelisk which honors members of a white militia, who killed municipal police in a plot to overthrow Louisiana’s reconstructed government.

Take Em Down NOLA is a multiracial, multigenerational association dedicated to removing symbols of white supremacy from New Orleans, while working on an agenda for political, social and economic justice.

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