Support Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friends:

The Los Angeles City Council will hear public testimony and discuss the historical importance and cultural impact of establishing an Indigenous Peoples Day as an official City holiday in Los Angeles.

As you may recall, I introduced a motion in November 2015 instructing the Human Relations Commission, with the assistance of the Los Angeles City and County Native American Commission, to report back on the historical importance and cultural impact of establishing Indigenous Peoples Day. [CF 15-1343].

Hundreds of people have already provided testimony in support of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. The City Council has the opportunity to eliminate any mention of Columbus Day in the administrative code and to join the growing movement across the nation declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in the City of Los Angeles.

Christopher Columbus’ legacy of extreme violence, enslavement, and brutality is not in dispute.  Nor is the suffering, destruction of cultures, and subjugation of Los Angeles’ original indigenous people, who were here thousands of years before anyone else.

I encourage you to download this letter of support, add your name, and send it to the City Clerk addressed to Michael Espinosa at Michael.Espinosa@LACity.org.

If you have any questions regarding this item, please feel free to call my Legislative Director, David Giron, at 213-473-7013.

Thank you in advance for your efforts.  I hope to have your support in declaring Indigenous Peoples Day, as the second Monday in October.

Kind regards,

MITCH O’FARRELL