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The Resilient Indigenous Action Collective is continuing to push Syracuse officials to take down a statue of Christopher Columbus nearly a month after its deadline for the monument’s removal.
Since its inception in June, the collective—composed of a group of Indigenous people who live in the city of Syracuse and across New York state—has campaigned for Mayor Ben Walsh to take down the statue of Columbus in downtown Syracuse’s Columbus Circle.
The movement at a rally June 27 issued a two-day deadline for the city to remove the statue of Columbus, who enslaved and killed Indigenous peoples. Nearly a month later, the monument remains standing.
RIAC has since renewed its social media campaign to have the statue removed. The collective will continue its campaign against the Columbus statue until the city takes the monument down, said organizer Ionah Scully, who is Cree-Métis of the Michel First Nation.
“For decades, we’ve been ready to have that statue down,” Scully said. “It’s not that hard of a decision given what’s going on in the current (political) climate.”
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