From: Virginia Flagger <info@vaflaggers.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 30, 2015
Subject: Va Flaggers Call To Action: Help Defend Lee-Jackson Holiday in Charlottesville

More pushback!

Congratulations to our brothers in Arkansas, in the defeat of a bill that would have removed the Robert E Lee Holiday there!

Quote of the day: "Why are we chasing a non-problem to identify a solution to something?" House MINORITY Leader Eddie Armstrong, D-North Little Rock, regarding the FAILED effort by REPUBLICAN Nate Bell to remove Robert E Lee’s birthday as a State Holiday in Arkansas.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/28/arkansas-votes-retain-joint-holiday-robert-e-lee-martin-luther-king

Back in Virginia, we have just learned that there will be a public hearing this Monday night in Charlottesville, Virginia, to consider removing the Lee-Jackson holiday as an official holiday in the City.

http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/City-Council-to-Consider-Lee-Jackson-Day-290018861.html

City Councilor Kristin Szakos has long made the argument to City Council that the holiday should not an official city holiday.

"If people want to celebrate Lee and Jackson I have no objection to that, but for the city to close City Hall in commemoration of Lee and Jackson? I think a lot of our residents feel that doesn’t represent them. It doesn’t represent me."

If the name sounds familiar to some of you, it may be because Ms. Szakos has a history of a strong Anti-Confederate agenda, calling for the removal of Confederate statues in the city in a 2012 Forum:

http://www.nbc29.com/story/17240667/szakos-confederate-statues

"Charlottesville City Counselor Kristin Szakos says it’s time for a discussion about what Charlottesville’s historic Confederate statues are saying about this community. One of the options she’s proposing is pulling Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson down off of their stone perches."

Time is not our side in this one, but we believe that City Council at least needs to hear from as many people as possible between now and Monday.

Please take a moment to call or send an email asking them NOT to remove the Lee-Jackson Holiday from the City Calendar.

We suggest considering including the following talking points in any communications:

1)  This holiday honors two AMERICAN VETERANS.  Both men served both the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  To deny them the honor and remembrance they deserve is to insult and dishonor ALL  Veterans.

2)   PRECEDENCE:   The holiday is recognized as a state holiday by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a proclamation is issued each year by the Governor, including current Governor, Terry McAullife:  https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/lee-jackson-day/

3)  Any effort  to remove the holiday will only cause division and strife where none existed.  As it is, the holiday is inclusive to all citizens.  This move serves to exclude and discriminate against citizens of Confederate ancestry. 

Contact Information:

Mayor Satyendra Singh Huja
huja1@comcast.net
(434) 977-5094 (H)
(434) 981-8948 (C)

Vice Mayor Dede Smith
dsmith@charlottesville.org
(434) 882-2933 ©

Kristin Szakos
k.szakos@embarqmail.com
(434) 987-1042 (C)

Kathy Galvin
kgalvin@charlottesville.org
(434) 249-6404 (C)

Bob Fenwick
bfenwick@charlottesville.org
(434) 249-3406 (C)

To contact all the City Councilors with a question or comment CLICK HERE.
To contact Paige Rice, Clerk of Council, call 434-970-3113 or CLICK HERE.

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 911, City Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22902

http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=93 

The meeting Monday night, February 1st begins at 7:00 p.m. Agenda attached.  We contacted the Clerk of Council and were told that the public is allowed to comment and that anyone wishing to speak needs to sign up before the meeting, beginning at 6:30.  Even if you do not wish to speak, having a good presence in the meeting will send a strong signal to the City Council, so please make an effort to attend if you live within driving distance and encourage others to do so.

Thank you in advance for your time, attention, and support in this endeavor.

Susan Hathaway
Virginia Flaggers
P.O. Box 547
Sandston VA 23150
info@vaflaggers.com

01-Agenda-Feb2.pdf (PDF. Opens in a new window)