Right now the meeting is bogged down over procedural squabbles about the process for how the balance of the committee should be conducted.
A few minutes ago, the procedural issue was resolved when a motion passed to start over.
Thirteen people have been nominated: Louis Stokes, Darnell Brewer, Sara Harper, Jackie Caviness Tucker, Mary Hill, Eugene Jordan, Tyrone Bolden, Michael Nelson, Wendell Turner, Pippa Carter, Kyle Earley, Michelle Felder, Ron Kisner, and Sheila Wright.
As the votes are being tallied, president James Hardiman is leading a discussion on capital punishment and its discriminatory application against people of color. Attorney Michael Nelson urged that pressure be applied to Cleveland City Council for the passage of an ordinance installing cameras in all police cruisers. He said Cleveland is the only large city in the State that does not mandate cruiser cameras.
Hardiman has just announced that this is the largest meeting of the branch in about six years.
Community activist Gerald Henley urged Cleveland voters to support the November school levy, saying that some classrooms at A. J. Rickoff School — where he said his wife teaches — on Cleveland's east side have fifty children.
Interim executive director Arlene Anderson announced the results of the voting. In descending order of most votes received: Louis Stokes, Sara Harper, tyrone Bolden, Jackie Caviness Tucker, Mary Hills, Pippa Carter, and Wendell Turner. The current membership status of Bolden, Hills and Carter is in doubt, subject to replacement by in order by Eugene Jordan, Michael Nelson and Ronald Kisner.
The next general membership meeting will be October 16 at a location to be announced.