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The current action is to file a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) in Federal Court as soon as possible if the vote by the council goes against The General.

In this regard we still need to locate a local (Mobile, or surrounding area) attorney, while I will be allowed to practice in the Federal Court Southern District for political reasons we need a "local" attorney in this regard.

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) provides that persons with a handicap shall not be prevented from enjoying the activities other similarly situated person might enjoy. In this regard the Forrest Monument in its current location is in full ADA compliance. If the mayor is successful and moves the Monument those persons who use a wheelchair, walkers, crutches, or canes will be forced to forego the opportunity because they will be unable to visit the site because it is not ADA compliant. The ability to make the proposed site complaint, and keep the site compliant (free of obstructions, safe passage and in good repair) will cause the City of Selma to expend hundreds of thousands of dollars that could otherwise be spent on other matters to the benefit of the city's residents. To protect the rights of handicapped persons we need to locate all available handicapped persons to name as plaintiffs in our request for a TRO, and later a permanent injunction.

Are there contributors to the Forrest Monument that reside outside the State of Alabama?

-- Anonymous, February 24, 2001

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