CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Several of the city’s council members rallied Monday evening on the steps of Cleveland City Hall as a call to do away with Columbus Day.
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The city officials asked that Cleveland officially recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an annual holiday that honors Native Americans, and their history and culture.
The proposed holiday would act as a counter-celebration each October in place of Columbus Day.
Cities across Ohio, including Oberlin and Sandusky, have passed legislation recently moving away from Columbus Day, saying it represents violent colonization.
A counter-protest, held by Basil Russo -- a former Cuyahoga County judge and Cleveland City Councilman -- was held directly after the rally.
Russo argued that Native Americans have distorted history to sway public sentiment away from Columbus, and vowed to fight the initiative.