Local activist Tami Sawyer will lead a discussion from 6-8 p.m. tonight at Bruce Elementary School about ways to remove Confederate monuments from Memphis public spaces in spite of state regulations.

As the Tennessee Historical Commission considers rules that would determine whether Memphis could apply for a waiver from laws that protect such monuments, Sawyer and other organizers hope to find legal methods to bypass state authority over the decisions.

Over the past four years, the Tennessee Legislature has passed and revised laws to protect parks, monuments or structures named after historic military figures, such as the controversial statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest which dominates a site on Union Avenue in Memphis’ Health Sciences Park.