More US cities ditch Columbus Day


Instead, they are skipping the holiday to better honor veterans.

Christopher Columbus has worn out his welcome in L.A. In advance of the city's inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day, a statue of Columbus located just outside Grand Park in downtown L.A. was hidden from view.

And, she said, the city doesn't have the budget to give its 8,500 employees both days off, she said.

Ohio's capital city announced the move late last week, issuing a short news release to note that its offices are open on Monday, and that trash collection and parking laws will be handled as usual. Columbus Day is a federal holiday, but, unlike most federal holidays the US financial and stock markets are open for business.

The first New York City Indigenous Peoples Day celebration was in 2015, when 6,000 indigenous people and their supporters gathered on Randall's Island.

Columbus Day, which falls on the second Monday of October, is one of 10 federal holidays recognized by the USA government.

"We have a number of veterans who work for the city, and there are so many here in Columbus", a city spokesperson said, according to the paper.

Some Americans, including Ramapough Lenape Chief Dwayne Perry, have begun to celebrate Indigenous People's Day as an alternative to Columbus Day.

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Religious and cultural websites have proposed some of the followings ways that ordinary people can honor the meaning of Indigenous Peoples' Day today, and through the entire year.

Tiscorni says that he has noticed how the perception of the holiday has changed.

He did acknowledge the violence associated with Columbus.

The change provoked strong reactions in Columbus, as seen on local news channel 10TV's Facebook page. "The fact that the city of Columbus is taking action is a victory for everyone". "How stupid of Mayor Ginther to perpetrate this embarrassment for our City!" [Columbus Day] represented, for me as a child, a lot of the hypocrisy in this country and its glorification of people who destroyed lives. Some who were attending the Farmingdale Columbus Day Parade said the holiday should remain as it is.

Banks: Most banks, including Federal Reserve Banks, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, will be closed.

Critics of Columbus complain that the holiday mythologizes a man blamed for bringing slavery and death to the "New World".

The event was held to celebrate Indigenous cultures and histories as well as to raise awareness on topics like land rights and diversity within Indigenous identity. From Columbia, South Carolina to Columbus, Ohio, the Admiral of the Ocean Sea staked a hard-to-erase claim over millions of acres of the United States.

The Columbus Italian Club shared an article from The Dispatch about the city's decision forego observing Columbus Day with a single thumbs-down emoji as the caption.

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