During a month in which the city of New Orleans was unable to deliver water to its homes and businesses, the city council wasted time weighing in on a conflict halfway around the world. The council two weeks ago approved a resolution calling on the city to avoid doing business with companies that violate human rights, a move which Jewish groups see as a potential show of support for a highly contentious movement to “boycott, divest and sanction” Israel.
The New Orleans City Council is expected this week to reconsider its controversial resolution calling on the city to avoid doing business with…
Several members said the council does not support the boycott movement. But their own PR firm, Spears Group, put out a news release that specifically referenced the movement when highlighting the passage of the resolution. Taxpayers may wonder why a legislative body needs a PR firm to write news releases that even its own members do not read. Or why it needs a PR firm at all. The Louisiana legislature doesn’t have one.
After objections from the community and a scolding from Mayor Mitch Landrieu and U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, the council seems poised to withdraw the resolution. One of those who is ready to backtrack is mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, who authored the resolution, though she was not present for the vote.
When the new mayor and council fix the S&WB, pave the streets, rebuild the police force, vanquish blight and tackle poverty, perhaps they will have time to make peace in the Middle East.