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File #: 20-0549    Version: 0 Name: City Property - Renaming the Columbus Obelisk Monument to the Police Violence Victims Monument
Type: Ordinance Status: Before the Mayor
File created: 6/22/2020 In control: Mayor
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: City Property - Renaming the Columbus Obelisk Monument to the Police Violence Victims Monument For the purpose of changing the name of the Columbus Obelisk Monument, located in Heinz Park (Block 4197 Lot 002), to the Police Violence Victims Monument.
Sponsors: Ryan Dorsey, Bill Henry, President Brandon M. Scott, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Kristerfer Burnett, Shannon Sneed
Indexes: City Property - Renaming
Attachments: 1. 20-0549~1st Reader, 2. DGS 20-0549, 3. Law 20-0549, 4. Real Estate 20-0549, 5. Rec and Parks 20-0549, 6. 20-0549 DOT, 7. 2nd Reader Amendments 20-0549, 8. 20-0549~3rd Reader
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
10/5/20200 City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/21/20200 City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/21/20200 Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Recommended Favorably with Amendment  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/25/20200 Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Recommended Favorably with AmendmentPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/13/20200 Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20200 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Recreation and Parks  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20200 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Real Estate  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20200 City Council President Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20200 City Council President Refer to Planning Commission  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20200 City Council President Refer to Dept. of Transportation  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20200 City Council President Refer to Dept. of General Services  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/22/20200 City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/22/20200 City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

                     * Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

                     The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

                     Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill          

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Dorsey                                                                                            

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

title

City Property - Renaming the Columbus Obelisk Monument to the Police Violence Victims Monument

For the purpose of changing the name of the Columbus Obelisk Monument, located in Heinz Park (Block 4197 Lot 002), to the Police Violence Victims Monument.

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By authority of

Article 5 - Finance, Property, and Procurement

Section 20-2

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

                     Recitals

 

Undoing white supremacy requires us to reject historical narratives that serve as its underpinnings, which we know to be false.  This includes the heroizing, mythologizing, and white washing of some of history’s worst actors, from Columbus to the Confederacy, the continuation of which constitutes an act of propaganda.

 

Today, monuments still stand as manifestations of these lies, even while the same system of white supremacy continues its reign of physical and systemic violence against Black and Brown people.  This violence takes many forms including pervasive and appalling police violence.

 

In 2020 we face yet another moment of reckoning with racism and white supremacy, which again has been sparked by an incident of police violence; five years after the killing of Freddie Gray; remembering the deaths of Korryn Gaines, Anton Black, Tyrone West, Dale Graham, and other Marylanders who were killed by police; acknowledging the difficult struggle faced by survivors of police violence like Keith Davis, Abdul Salaam, Jamar Kennedy; and in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others nationwide.

 

This moment has brought many new people to join the police abolition movement, and it has moved governments and citizens all across the country to take down their monuments.  Rather than continue to allow monuments to stand to murderers, brutalizers, and oppressors, we should honor the memories of

 

victims who have lost their lives, and create space for those survivors who continue to persevere.

 

And so a beacon will stand in tribute to those who are victims of police violence and brutality, and their families and friends who bear the weight of trauma, signifying for all to see that their lives and stories matter, and that our work will be to change the system that wronged them.

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the name of the Columbus Obelisk Monument, located in Heinz Park (Block 4197 Lot 002), is changed to the Police Violence Victims Monument.

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 30th day after the date it is enacted.