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tea party in chattanooga....dont fall for it folks
It's not just the TEA party trying to oust this corrupt government leadership, it's moderates like me, democrats, and a wide range of wide-eyed citizens who want the bubbas out of office, and their hands off our tax dollars.
It doesn't matter what party you are, everyone should see that Ron isn't serving his city in their best interests.
The problem with Chet...blindly supports anyone simply on the basis of political party. I'm not involved in the tea party movement, so spare me your derogatory remarks ('cause that's all you got). But, I can appreciate that a certain group of people are tired of politicians...both locally and nationally...no matter what political party they are affiliated with...running its citizens into the ground.
NOT TEA PARTY!
History of The Recall of Mayor Ron Littlefield:
When the avenues for public participation are shut down and the citizens are shut out, there are those who will say “you can’t fight City Hall.” Chattanooga Organized for Action knows better.
The summer of 2010 saw the City of Chattanooga in a political uproar. Ron Littlefield, entering his last term as Mayor, had written a harsh budget balanced on the backs of the city’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. With a proposed 33% property tax hike guaranteed to make rents and mortgages climb even higher in the midst of the Great Recession, citizens from across the entire political spectrum demanded accountability and answers, but citizens’ questions were met with silence. The Littlefield Administration exhibited outright disdain for demands of transparency. The Chairman of the Chattanooga City Council harshly shut down citizens trying to speak at Council meetings with the words “we don’t have to listen to anybody!”
The grassroots people of Chattanooga sprung up in active resistance. They decided to do the unthinkable – force the democratic removal of Mayor Ron Littlefield.
Moving from protests at City Hall to the streets of Chattanooga’s communities, members of the newly-formed Chattanooga Organized for Action allied with individuals and organizations from all across the political spectrum to form a truly post-partisan coalition to force change and begin a push for real grassroots democracy. From college students to city workers, from businessmen to the clergy, the everyday people of Chattanooga decided to take action and educate themselves in the democratic methods of change in order to accomplish their goal: the Recall of Mayor Ron Littlefield.
Armed with petitions, clipboards and pens and with only their singular determination to guide them, a massive volunteer team took to the streets and entered the pages of Chattanooga history.
What started as the sighs of exhaustion and frustration with an unaccountable government soon became the biggest grassroots volunteer effort ever co-ordinated in our city’s history. With little to no knowledge in the methods of canvasing, meeting facilitation or volunteer training, hundreds of Chattanoogans gathered 15,559 signatures in less than 60 days, getting the agreement of over 1 out of every 10 city residents that Chattanooga deserved change. Despite the malicious attacks by the Mayor against ordinary citizens leading the effort and despite the patronizing warnings of the city’s only newspaper to not sign the petition, the all volunteer effort gathered thousands of signatures weekly. With less than three days remaining until the petition deadline, members of Chattanooga Organized for Action turned in the final amount of signatures needed to force the first recall election in Chattanooga’s history.
In a desperate attempt to hold on to power, Mayor Littlefield “lawyered-up” and took the voters of Chattanooga to court. The case, heard in Hamilton County’s Circuit Court, was cited as being one of the most important trials in Chattanooga history. In a stunning denial of the rights of ordinary citizens, Judge Jeff Hollingsworth threw the recall petition out and allowed for Mayor Ron Littlefield to stay in office.
While Littlefield was temporarily successful in winning a court order to stop the election, the case went to the Tennessee Court of Appeal in Knoxville. There, the Appeals Court sided with the grassroots citizens of Chattanooga.
Led by Chattanooga Organized for Action, the history of our city will never be the same.
For more information, visit www.chattaction.org
Mr. Brooks. What do you think the tax rate should be?
Is it true, as someone has stated, this effort to recal the mayor began when he refused to go along with the removal of the homeless and uprooting of poor chattanoogans? That that's when all the attacks began? I remember the mayor being accused of not doing enough to force the removal of the homeless from downtown and have the local police to *dump them at the stateline.* Then *gentrify* the inner-cities to make way for the return of the sububanites who ran from the city in the 1960s during the height of intergration. They also accused the mayor of ***catering*** to the black population because he'd overwhelmingly received their support to be elected.
I usually don't participate in outside rallies or holding up signs or anything but i will assist in whatever efforts to get that useless Littlefield out of office.... and personally i think that where he needs to be in a little field somewhere looking for something to do, because he sure hasn't done anything in his mayoral office.
" getting the agreement of over 1 out of every 10 city residents that Chattanooga deserved change."
Somehow this statement sounds like you got 1% to sign and 99% who wouldn't touch it.
ibshame.....Open your eyes and look at the polls. Does that look 1% to you? Sheesh...
Mr. Brook's tax policy (and that of COA's) was amply reflected on the sign he carried when protesting at the 2010 Tax Day Tea Party Rally at Coolidge Park. It stated: "Tax the Rich!"
YOU GO GET 'EM, CHRIS BROOKS !!!!!! The people are with you on this one.
Q. What is the difference between the recallers and a piano?
A. The piano knows when it is being played.
COA does the dirty work. Folkner gets the benefit.