DC-Council approved “emergency” bill to rename Columbus Day ‘Indigenous peoples’ day’

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To approve Washington, DC city council members of the legislation to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous peoples “day rushed law” in this week before the Oct. 14 commemorate, citing similar steps by several States and a number of cities in the last few years.

The DC Council called allowed, a special provision for emergency legislation Tuesday that the bill’s forcing sponsors to a vote without the standard process-the involvement of the committees, multiple voices, and the consent of the Congress. Another law in the works to change permanently — the emergency bill will, in fact, for “not longer than 90 days” after mayor Muriel Bowser characters.

“Columbus Day was officially as a public holiday in 1937, despite the fact that Columbus had not discovered North America, despite the fact that millions of people were already in North America living after his arrival in America, and despite the fact that Columbus never set foot on the coast of today’s United States,” at-large Councilmember David Grosso, said in a statement Monday. “Columbus enslaved, colonized, maimed and massacred thousands of Indigenous people in America.”


The temporary provision passed easily, with 12 of the 13 members Jack Evans, the vote, votes for him and only one member present.

Grosso is a Monday statement blamed the Council Chairman, Phil Mendelson for the stalling of the legislation for at least five years, “without the public, or to hear,” and, although Mendelssohn voted for the emergency bill Tuesday. Curbed DC reports that Evans voted, since his Italian-American constituents, to oppose the motion.

Also on Tuesday, the body approved a similar “temporary” bill, the records for the last seven months, if, and adopted a resolution, explaining the need for the Council to rename Columbus a day before the Oct. 14 “an emergency.”


“Columbus Day is in awe of an ambiguous character, whose actions against the Indigenous population, in opposition to the values of equality, diversity and inclusion — values, in the District of Columbia reads long embodied — and serves only to perpetuate hatred and oppression, in contrast to the values of the district represents, on a daily basis,” the resolution. “The Council recognizes the negative historical and ongoing impacts of European colonization on the native peoples of North and South America, and affirms the district’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion for all.”

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