Well, just have a look at this item that quietly showed up on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Manassas City Council:
ACTION ITEM: Consideration of Resolution #R-2009-38 as Full and Final Settlement Agreement and Release of the Equal Rights Center, Et Al. v. City of Manassas and City of Manassas Public Schools and City of Manassas School Board, Case No. 07 CV 1037 – TSE/TRJ before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. (Staff: Lawrence D. Hughes, City Manager.)
The city is going to pay these race-baiting hucksters off with taxpayer dollars so the “Equal Rights Center” can do the same thing they did to us to some other city. Nice move.
The “Equal Rights Center” is funded primarily through the money it receives by bullying localities and businesses, and some supplemental grant money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The ERC decided to file a lawsuit against the city in regards to a short-lived overcrowding ordinance, and has deliberately dragged out the negotiations with the city for about three years now, hoping to wear it down and get it to fork over a bunch of money that it can then use to harass some other locality. The Manassas City Council, fresh out of bending over backwards to accommodate another race-baiting huckster of racist billboard fame, has borrowed the backbone of some unfortunate invertebrate, and has chosen to buy these folks off. Leadership? Not quite.
You can bet other litigation-oriented tribalists are smelling the blood in the water right now, and are looking for any opportunity they can to frighten the city council with the prospect of a lawsuit in order to extract public dollars that will finance their cause. While the council’s apparent attempt to secure the short-term may seem responsible, in the long-term such easy surrender only emboldens those with the worst of motives. Manassas City dons a big target for other litigous pests, and other localities end up defending themselves by these miscreants in an effort that ends up being financed by Manassas City taxpayers.
Give in to extortion, and you encourage it.
City residents may want to start contacting their council members now, taking as much advantage of the pitifully short advance notice given as possible. You’d think that if the city really believed this was the right thing to do, they wouldn’t surprise residents like this. This will be considered during Monday’s council meeting which starts at 5:30 at Manassas City Council Chambers, and residents may want to be there.
They could lend the city council some of their spine. Lord knows, they could use it.
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