Make your voice heard! Attend this special evening public hearing or phone/email your alderman and President Lewis Reed. Contact Info below.
6:30 pm Thursday, June 8th
Board of Aldermen
Parks and Environment Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, City Hall, 1200 Market
Special Public Hearing on Board Bill 37 to remove Confederate Memorials in City parks. Sponsored by 1st Ward Alderwoman Sharon Tyus, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther (elected in April), 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad (elected in April), 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson.
This Board Bill has already had a daytime committee hearing. There was no opposition at the hearing. This Thursday evening meeting is scheduled so that supporters and opponents can present testimony on the legislation.
Board Bill 37 calls for private funds to be used in memorial removal.
Treasurer Tishaura Jones has established the #TakeItDownSTL GoFundMe Fund for that purpose.
7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski is providing matching funds for donations $25 and under thru 8 am Wednesday, June 7th.
Members of Parks Committee include 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Dionne Flowers; 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia; 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther (elected in April); 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin (elected in April); 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a member of all Board of Aldermen Committees.
I will match all donations up to $25 to the #TakeItDownSTL Forest Park Confederate Memorial Fund made from 8 am Saturday, June 3rd through 8 am Wednesday, June 7th.
Treasurer Tishaura Jones started this fund and it is our job to finish the job and reach the $25,000 goal.
Make your $5, $10, $25 donations, or more, to the #TakeItDownSTL Fund and I will match the amount to $25.
I also challenge those with more means than I to make a matching funds pledge for amounts greater than $25.
Cemeteries of our enemies must be respected. But the Confederate Memorial at Forest Park is not a grave stone to those who fought and fell supporting the wrong side of a war. It is a public park memorial to defenders of enslavement.
The Confederate Memorial was part of a systematic attempt to rewrite the history of the Civil War without, “the great and foul stain”* of enslavement,” while also instilling fear that the South would rise again.
The Civil War tore our nation apart and we should never forget how close we came to complete collapse and ruin because men, women, and children, rich and poor, took up arms against our nation to defend enslavement.
The Confederate Memorial is a glorification of treason. Following orders is never a justification for doing wrong.
By donating to the #TakeItDownSTL Fund, we stand together united as citizens of these here United State of America committed to righting the wrong that is the Forest Park Confederate Memorial.
Some good online reading material relating to Confederate Memorials:
05/23/2017 The New York Times: Mitch Landrieu’s Speech on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans
05/29/2017 Associated Press: Old South Confederate monument backers cite 1929 book claiming Lincoln, ‘vindictive’ anti-slavery movement caused Civil War by Jay Reeves
06/04/2017 The Atlantic: The Myth of the Kindly General Lee by Adam Serwer
06/04/2017 The Hill: Removing Civil War statues the first step in finally defeating the Confederacy by Maya Rockeymoore
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
7th Ward Independent Democrats
7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray, Jr.
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