Columbus Day Hearing Erupts With Emotion as Italian Americans Plead Their Case

Sep 18, 2014 805

By Kelton Sears

"This is possibly one of the most passionate and emotional committee sessions we've had in years," Councilmember Nick Licata quipped near the end of what was definitely one of the most passionate and emotional comittee sessions in years.

Today, the Seattle City Council revisited the resolution to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day in Seattle, which the council was supposed to take a vote on Sept. 2. However, that didn't happen, because as Councilmember Bruce Harrell said, "I want to milk this out a little bit." He said he wanted to let the issue accrue more media attention and dissenting opinion, the latter of which wasn't present in the council chambers on Sept. 2 when the room was full of Native Americans with drums in hand.

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