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Bill to rename Columbus Day fails to pass City Council vote

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 10:09:30-05

In the last Baltimore City Council meeting before the newest members take their seats, the Council addressed a bill aimed to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples'/Italian Americans Day.

The Council voted seven in favor, six against with two abstentions. Eight votes in favor were required to pass the bill.

Protesters from high above chambers chanted "there's no pride in genocide,"  hoping members would vote for the name change.
 
"I  think the purpose is to repair the mistake of having honored a euro-centric narrative for so many centuries," said protestor Andrew Reinel.

The bill proposed changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day a trend taking place in several cities across the U.S.

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Councilwoman Rikki Spector was adamant about keeping the holiday's name intact.

"Why take something that was so helpful and so good, something good away?" Council member Rikki Spector said.

Almost every member spoke up about the bill Monday night, making it a tough decision for the outgoing council.

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