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Following the events in Charlottesville, VA and a local Rally Against Racism that brought more than 1,500 Santa Feans together on the Plaza, Mayor Javier M. Gonzales asked City Manager Brian Snyder to compile a report on:
- All City support for events or organizations that celebrate or recognize historic events or people, including financial and logistical support.
- All city property that holds memorials, monuments, or markers of historic events or people.
The Mayor also asked for a process by which the public may submit and comment upon events, memorials, monuments and markers that celebrate or recognize historic events or people for inclusion.
That report has been completed, and after diligent work to create an online submission process that would allow for the public to easily make their comments, is being posted online today.
The current deadline for submissions is set for the end of 2017, December 31st, at which point a final review will be compiled and presented to the public and the governing body.
Releasing the report, Mayor Gonzales reiterated the need to strike a balance in how we remember and retell Santa Fe’s complex history, saying, “Native and Hispanic people have contributed so much to the richness of our community, and while it may be difficult at times, the conversation about how we do a better job of telling that story will require all of us to come together. Once we do, I have no doubt in Santa Fe’s ability to heal and grow stronger.”
City Manager Brian Snyder said, “I want to thank the employee team who went above and beyond the call of their regular duties to get this done, and we look forward to seeing the public’s comments move the conversation to the next phase.”
The reports will also be presented to the Governing Body at the December 13th City Council meeting.
The links to the inventory lists are: