LA to Drop Father Junipero Serra’s Name From Downtown ParkEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

LOS ANGELES—City officials announced today that Father Junipero Serra’s name will be removed from a downtown park near Union Station for Indigenous People’s Day. The City of Los Angeles replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day in 2017. Serra was a Catholic priest from Spain who established California’s mission system and sought to baptize Native Americans. His sainthood in 2015 was protested by Native Americans, citing that indigenous people were brutalized, beaten, and forced into labor for the missions. “Los Angeles is a city of belonging that takes responsibility for the mistakes we’ve made in the past,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Our indigenous brothers and sisters deserve justice and today we take a step toward delivering both greater cultural sensitivity and spaces for Angelenos to gather and perform their traditional ceremonies.” There are 160,000 members of the American Indian and Alaska Native communities in Los Angeles, the most of any …Read More

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