Should Cleveland stop observing Columbus Day? City Council members rally for change

Should Cleveland stop observing Columbus Day? City Council members rally for change
Zona Shroyer, left, a Yupik Alaskan Native, shares a laugh with Jeff Schumacher as they stand before a signing ceremony by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray for a resolution designating the second Monday in October as Indigenous People's Day Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Seattle. Murray invited city council members and tribal leaders to the Monday afternoon signing ceremony for resolution, which the council approved a week earlier, designating it as a day to celebrate the culture and contributions of Native Americans. The second Monday in October is celebrated nationally as Columbus Day, which also has been a day to celebrate people of Italian heritage. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (Source: Elaine Thompson)

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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Columbus Day fight launched in Cleveland: City council members rally for Indigenous Peoples Day at City Hall. Counter protesters object to change: https://bit.ly/2H5jRe0

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Monday, May 6, 2019

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.

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Posted by Lake Erie Native American Council on Monday, May 6, 2019

Cities across Ohio, including Oberlin and Sandusky, have passed legislation recently moving away from Columbus Day, saying it represents violent colonization.

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Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Monday, May 6, 2019

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.

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