The World Is Watching Tennessee/Is Legal Counsel Needed ?
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Within hours after the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to expel two Democratic representatives, Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, the two Democratic lawmakers’ photos and profiles had been removed from the state’s General Assembly website.
Three Democratic Tennessee Representatives: Gloria Johnson, Justin Jones, and Justin Pearson, were accused of “knowingly and intentionally” bringing “disorder and dishonor to the House of Representatives” after they led a gun control protest on the House floor in March without being recognized, according to CNN affiliate WSMV. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, youngest and African American representatives were expelled while the Caucasian female Representative Gloria Johnson survived the vote
After Tennessee lawmakers expelled two of their colleagues, Chuck Todd says the dynamics leading to the unprecedented vote “are still there in Tennessee and across the country, and they’re not going away.” in the video published on April 7, 2023, by NBC News, as “Chuck Todd: Tennessee lawmaker expulsions ‘near-perfect distillation’ of current American politics“, below:
We speak with Justin Jones, one of two Black Democratic lawmakers expelled by a Republican supermajority in the Tennessee state House of Representatives Thursday for peacefully protesting gun violence in the chamber last week as thousands rallied at the Capitol to demand gun control after the Covenant elementary school shooting in Nashville. A vote to expel their white colleague who joined them in solidarity failed. “They thought they would silence us, but in fact they amplified it, because the nation can see how racist they are. The nation can see how retaliatory, how authoritarian they are,” says Jones. We also feature some of the dramatic exchanges that unfolded on the House floor, which Jones calls “a public lynching” targeting the two youngest Black lawmakers in the Legislature, in the video published on April 7, 2023, by Democracy Now!, as ““A Public Lynching”: Justin Jones, Black Tennessee Lawmaker, Responds to Expulsion from State House“, below:
Former Tennessee St. Rep. Justin Jones, who was just expelled by Republican lawmakers from the state legislature after supporting students in a gun control protest at the state capitol, joins Joy Reid live from the legislative chamber. “If you didn’t tell me this was happening to me, I would think it was 1963 instead of 2023, because what we are seeing is a predominantly-White supermajority undoing democracy, forcing their will on my district, which is a predominately Black and Brown district, one of the most diverse in Tennessee,” Jones tells The ReidOut on MSNBC, in the video published on April 6, 2023, by MSNBC, as “‘This is a predominantly-White supermajority undoing democracy’ says Dem. lawmaker Justin Jones“, below:
Tennessee GOP Caucus Chair Rep. Jeremy Faison speaks with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, Sara Sidner and Van Jones about the vote that the state House of Representatives undertook to expel two Democratic members. A third representative evaded expulsion by a single vote, in the video published on April 6, 2023, by CNN, as “Why this TN GOP leader says his Democratic colleagues were expelled“, below:
Tennessee’s Republican-controlled state House expelled two of the three Democratic members involved in protests for gun reform on the chamber floor last week. CBS News senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joins us with more on the Biden administration’s response, in the video published on April 7, 2023, by CBS News, as “White House response to two Democrats expelled from Tennessee’s House“, below:
Two members of the Tennessee House of Representatives were expelled from the legislature after they and another Democratic lawmaker protested against gun violence following the Nashville school shooting. CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann joins “CBS News Mornings” to share why the one member of the so-called “Tennessee Three” thinks they were spared from expulsion, in the video published on April 7, 2023, by CBS News, as ““Tennessee Three” vow to continue fighting against gun violence following expulsion vote“, below:
At this juncture, it does appear as though that former representatives Justin Jones and Justin Pearson may need some legal counsel from some one or some group that is well versed in Tennessee State Constitution and U.S. Constitution. Firstly, there is no guarantee that they will be able to return to the Tennessee House of Representatives after special election. Secondly, even if they will be able to return to the Tennessee House of Representatives after special election, there is no guarantee that they won’t be expelled again, for simply existing.
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