In an email this afternoon, Landrieu spokesman Tyler A. Gamble wrote:It is customary for the City to provide standard proclamations to visiting groups that request them through the City’s web site. To be clear, the City does not endorse extreme or violent tactics, and this proclamation was issued in error. Any group can exercise their constitutional rights, but all of us have a responsibility to do so in a respectful manner. During these events, the NOPD is executing a robust security plan to keep the peace.
Like many governmental bodies, the city of New Orleans hands out ceremonial proclamations and letters of welcome to both citizens and visitors. Getting welcomed to town is reserved for groups and conventions, but anyone can apply for a ceremonial proclamation, as long as the reason fits in one of the city’s six categories: organizational honors; church anniversaries and pastoral anniversaries; retirements; heroic deeds; a 100th birthday; or “outstanding community service by an individual, group, or organization.” The Operation Save America proclamation seems to have fallen in the last category, as the organization has federal nonprofit status.
Gamble did not reply to questions as to the city's process when it came to vetting groups that ask for proclamations or letters of welcome. An email to Operation Save America regarding the proclamation was not immediately returned.
So much for the abortive proclamation. Another day, another TFC moment.