L.A. replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day (Details)

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On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to eliminate Columbus Day. They decided to replace the holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day to “commemorate indigenous, aboriginal and native people.”

For city officials, the holiday will remain a paid holiday.

The city council voted 14-1 to approve the change.


The one vote that was against this move was Councilman’s Joe Buscaino, who wanted a holiday that celebrates “all of the diverse cultures in the city,” called “Diversity Day.”

Buscaino stated, “All of our individual cultures matter,” and he asked his colleagues not to “cure one offense with another.”

But his proposal was rejected by the council.


“This gesture of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is a very small step in apologizing and in making amends,” Councilman Mike Bonin stated, the great-grandson of Italian immigrants.

L.A. follows other cities such as Phoenix, Seattle, Albuquerque, Denver, and Portland that have already replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

This change will go into effect in 2019.



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