After years of hard work by generations of activists, the Seattle City Council made a unanimous decision on Monday, October 6th 2014 to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Mayor Ed Murray will sign the resolution on October 13, 2014.
From the Rally to support Historic Vote “Round 2” to abolish Columbus Day and declare that day Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle! FB page…
“On October 6, 2014, the Seattle City Council will vote on a resolution supported by members of the Seattle Urban and Reservation Native communities to end Columbus Day in Seattle and declare it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
THIS VOTE IS FACING STRONG OPPOSITION BY COLUMBUS DAY SUPPORTERS! We need your voices and brief speeches, songs, drums and bull horns! WE ALSO EXPECT EVERYONE TO REMAIN PEACEFUL…
The rally begins at 11:00am until to 1:30pm. The Seattle City Council meeting starts at 2:00 pm where there will be about 30 minutes total for testimony.
TO SPEAK UP AND TESTIFY! You must sign up to testify prior to the City Council vote! Sign in before 1:30pm outside the Council Chambers to support this historic vote! You will have two minutes to speak your mind in the Council Chambers, so make it count! Let your voice be heard!
Columbus brought genocide and slavery to our lands, let us stand strong for our ancestors for what they endured and let us send a message to our youth and next generations that we will not tolerate celebrations in the honor of a man who committed mass atrocities.
The resolution is co-sponsored by Council-members Kshama Sawat and Bruce Harrell.”