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Stein Club votes strong support of GLLU
|Sent:||Tuesday, June 19, 2007 8:01 AM|
|Subject:||Stein Club votes strong support of GLLU|
The following resolution, which I introduced, was adopted without dissent at last evening’s meeting of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club:
”Resolved, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club opposes the redeployment of MPD Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) officers to the patrol districts, or any other reorganization of GLLU that would have the effect of fragmenting it and destroying its cohesion and effectiveness. We affirm that a centrally managed and supervised GLLU should continue to serve the GLBT community throughout the city.”
Chief Lanier has scheduled a meeting on this issue for Wednesday, June 20 with “key members of the GLBT community,” according to an emailed invitation which was sent Monday afternoon to an unknown list of people (including to GLAA). The meeting will not be open to members of the press. The Chief said, “It is my intention to address your concerns regarding rumors about my plans for the future of the GLLU. Additionally, I will provide you with details regarding my plan. I sincerely hope that following this meeting you will have a more thorough understanding of my commitment to serving the GLBT community.” This makes it appear that she is much more intent upon selling her plan than open to changing her mind. We will give her a fair hearing, and hope that she will do the same with us.
A second police-related motion was also adopted without dissent by the Stein Club last evening. It was introduced by former Stein president Kurt Vorndran. It expressed support for MPD’s Biased Policing Task Force, and opposed merging it with MPD’s Citizen’s Advisory Councils (CACs). I appreciate this resolution as a member of that task force, which Chief Lanier wants to fold into the CACs. The Chief has said she wants to get different parts of MPD to communicate better with one another; but different units and task forces exist for good reasons, and blending committees with distinct functions together in this way would be inefficient and unproductive.
Thanks to the members of the Stein Club for their vigilance and solidarity on behalf of effective and responsive policing.
Vice President for Political Affairs
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance