Charlotte City Council

Mayor Jennifer Roberts addresses Monday's City Council meeting, saying racism needs to be solved collectively.
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The police shooting of an African -American man in Charlotte last month sparked protests not just about policing, but also about racism and inequality. In an open letter a week ago, Charlotte City Council pledged new policies and programs. Monday night, the council took what it called "the first steps."

In a single unanimous vote, the City Council approved a series of measures in response to community anger and frustration after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.  They include:

Courtesy of Lawana Mayfield

Charlotte City Council did not bite Monday night on state legislative leaders' offer over House Bill 2. State lawmakers said  if council rescinded protections for LGBT people passed early this year, the General Assembly would repeal the bill.  

"It wasn't an offer it was a demand and bullying," says council member Lawana Mayfield. "We teach our children that bullying is wrong, but yet as adults and as political figures to use bullying sends a very mixed message across the state and across the nation."  

She spoke with WFAE's Marshall Terry Tuesday morning.  

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and some city council members have rejected a compromise that state Republican leaders offered on the controversial House Bill 2. They said they have no plans to vote Monday night on repealing their expansion of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, which prompted the law.

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Political leaders, economic leaders – really, anyone with an opinion on House Bill 2 – will be paying close attention to Charlotte City Council Monday night to see if it will rescind its expansion to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. 

Michael Tomsic

Charlotte City Council members approved new body armor and more community training for CMPD last night. They also got updates on the streetcar, the airport and the NBA All-Star game. We’ll get to those in a minute. But first, the votes involving CMPD and the frustration many at the meeting expressed about police treatment of African-Americans.

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked an Obama administration order requiring U.S. public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms of their gender identities.

New gates at the Charlotte airport, gear for CMPD and streetcars for the Gold Line are on the agenda at Monday's city council meeting. The council will also vote on a small step to help lure the NBA All-Star game back in 2019.

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Charlotte City Council last night was expected to cast a symbolic vote on whether to repeal recently-passed LGBT protections. Council approved those protections in February as part of an expansion of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, but they were rendered moot by House Bill 2.

A symbolic repeal was portrayed as a way forward, a sign of good faith which would spur North Carolina’s Republican-dominated legislature to modify House Bill 2.

But the vote was pulled from the council agenda at the last minute. End of story, right? Not even close.

Charlotte Council Removes HB 2 From Agenda

May 23, 2016

The economic impact of HB 2 was put on tonight's city council agenda early this afternoon. The topic was taken off the agenda about four hours later. The city issued the following statement at about 4:40 p.m.

Elon University

Over the weekend, the economic impact of House Bill 2 was at the heart of two very different calls to action. One voice called for Charlotte’s City Council to blink and repeal the LGBT ordinance passed earlier this year. The other called on North Carolinians to stand and fight House Bill 2.