From Action New Orleans <[email protected]>
Subject Mayor Cantrell's message about discriminatory and dangerous legislation
Date July 15, 2021 7:14 PM
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** Stand with Mayor Cantrell against discrimination and violence.

Governor John Bel Edwards recently vetoed a bill that would discriminate against trans children. Mayor LaToya Cantrell has made her stance on it clear: Gov. Edwards made the right decision. We need to protect trans kids ([link removed]) . She had this to say:
"The fact is the legislature passed SB 156 despite having no evidence that participation by trans athletes has caused an issue in Louisiana, and in the face of the very real possibility of economic boycotts. New Orleans is a welcoming city, with no place for discrimination. We stand firmly with our trans brothers, sisters, and siblings against this hateful bill. Governor Edwards was right to veto SB 156 and we urge legislators to let that veto stand. To target children in this way is simply unconscionable. And as the Mayor of New Orleans, let me say this to the trans youth in our community: no matter what laws the legislature passes, you will always be loved and accepted here in New Orleans."
-Mayor LaToya Cantrell
Gov. Edwards also vetoed a bill that would eliminate the requirement for a permit to concealed carry guns. Mayor Cantrell has stood with both community activists and law enforcement in supporting Gov. Edwards' veto. She said this about it:
"As leaders of Louisiana cities, large and small, we are asking the legislature to uphold Gov. Edwards' veto of this dangerous legislation. No one is attempting to take away anyone’s Second Amendment rights, but instead, keep the current law in place to protect all of our citizens. Louisiana is the sportsman’s paradise and nothing will change that, but eliminating the requirement for citizens to be trained in firearms handling and obtain permits and receive training to carry concealed weapons puts the people we represent in danger and it will make it harder for law enforcement to keep us safe. Just last week, sheriffs and police chiefs from across the state came together to ask the legislature not to override this veto. We join them in that effort."
-Mayor LaToya Cantrell
The best way to stop this discriminatory and dangerous legislation right now is to stop the veto override session altogether. ([link removed])

The New Orleans Delegation is opposing the effort to override these vetoes. Thank your legislators and share with them why you oppose the veto override session.

Stand with the mayor and your representatives, support trans youth, and protect your community from gun violence by writing your legislators today.

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