Ann Arbor Area Community News
new guidelines for speaking at UM Regents’ meetings include,
”...When will I speak?There used to be a regular time, recently 11 a.m., formerly 4 p.m., for public comments. Now the speaking time is totally in the air.
That is, commenters may now have to attend the entire meeting from the beginning, lest they miss the end of the meeting and their chance to speak. (Commenters can risk missing the first hour, say; but what if the meeting winds up faster than expected?)
How is this fair to various people? whether disabled people, or people with jobs, or people with lots of morning classes, or people with children to take care of, etc.?
Running from regular public-comment speaking times, and any criticism or “rebellion” the comments represent, is hardly reponsive to the public.
There seems little other reason for the time change, than to inconvenience public commenters, i.e., to make activism or criticism of the Regents and administration as difficult as possible.
(I did hear one well-placed source say the reason for the change was that “there was a long delay between the regular meeting and public comments” last time or something; but has that never happened before? Maybe having six transgender rights activists speak to them at meeting after meeting is beginning to wear the Board down; though not worn down enough to extend transgender rights, just enough to change the speaking rules…)
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