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Help Preserve Southern History - Another Battle in Gainesville, FL

Save Southern Heritage Florida
Tampa, FL, United States

Jul 12, 2015 — Another Historic Confederate Veterans Memorial is threatened.

The Confederate Dead Memorial in Gainesville, FL, erected in 1904, A.D. by the Kirby Smith Chapter 202, United Daughters of the Confederacy has been targeted by the NAACP for removal.

Here are two press reports that summarize the situation. One includes a disturbing video.

http://www.wuft.org/news/2015/06/30/residents-call-for-removal-of-local-confederate-statue/
http://www.ocala.com/article/20150709/ARTICLES/150709729

The Florida NAACP has initiated a new campaign to eliminate all vestiges of the memory of the Confederacy from any public building in Florida.

http://news.wfsu.org/post/naacp-florida-wants-confederate-symbols-swept-local-government

If you disagree with this, you can let your voice be heard. Please do all of these actions, if you POSSIBLY CAN!

1. Attend Alachua County Commission Meeting - Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 8:45 a.m. or 5:15 p.m. and show support of speakers (details below)
You could also request 3-5 min. to speak yourself!

2. Get others to attend…FILL THE ROOM attendees don’t have to be members of any particular group, but anyone interested in Historical Preservation should know about it and be invited. This is not just about the Confederacy this is about Alachua Co. History, Florida History and American History.

3. E-mail the Alachua County Commissioners FILL THEIR INBOXES (details below)

4. Get others to email - forward this message to others and ask others to participate

5. Sign the Petition to support the monument -
https://www.change.org/p/alachua-board-of-county-commissioners-gainesville-fl-keep-the-confederate-monument-located-next-to-the-alachua-county-administration-building-in-gainesville-fl?recruiter=28887230&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

6. Share the petition with others.
This is SERIOUS and it’s not just a Confederate descendant’s issue. It is an American History purging issue.

The Confederate Veterans Monument is NOT presently on the agenda. This is good, BUT we still must seize the opportunity of the meeting to speak, as their rules prevent speaking on an item that is on the agenda.
There are actually two meetings of the board on Tuesday. There is no ‘sign in’, its sorta a first come first served routine.

MEETING INFORMATION:
Address: Jack Durrance Auditorium, Room 209, Second Floor, 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville
Morning meeting - begins at 9 a.m. SHARP (Arrive before 8:45)
Evening meeting – begins at 5:30 p.m. SHARP (arrive by 5:15)

Dress to impress…remember the other side is a “Ferguson like” sideshow mob. We are members of the community. Represent the difference.

E-MAIL INFORMATION:
Commissioners: Mike Byerly, Lee Pinkoson, Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Ken Cornell, Charles “Chuck” Chestnut

byerly@alachuacounty.us; lpinkoson@alachuacounty.us; rhutchinson@alachuacounty.us; KCornell@alachuacounty.us; cschestnut@alachuacounty.us

Remember to be respectful!

Please use a subject using action words like: “Keep the Confederate Dead Monument”; or “Protect Confederate Veteran Monument”; “Don’t PURGE History, Keep the Confederate Dead Monument”

With a suggested opening sentence like “Commissioner, XXX, I’m requesting that you do not consider moving the Confederate Veterans Monument because…..”

Some reasons might include:
• “how we treat yesterday’s veterans today is a signal how today’s veterans will be treated tomorrow. This is not an attack on the Confederacy, this is an attack on Veterans;
• We should respect all American History, and this monument is a significant part of Alachua County History. This is not an attack on the Confederacy, it is an attack on History;
• If history goes in a museum, I’ll have to pay money to see it. This is not an attack on a monument, this is an attack on our history;
• This monument was built in 1904…it is part of our History and it should be preserved as it is.
• Eliminating a monument from view will not eliminate differences among people, it will only continue to divide us;
• I lost a family member in the war and that monument represents their service to me, and I’m offended by those who want to eliminate the memory of their service;
• “It’s Just History”. History doesn’t hurt anyone, unless we are not able to learn from it;
• It’s History Not Hate;
• Tell the NAACP to stop the hate (see article: http://tbo.com/list/news-opinion-commentary/phil-walters-naacp-should-rescind-hateful-resolution-against-south-confederate-soldiers-20150706/)

Signed,
your name
email
phone
(if you live in Alachua Co.) your city.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT


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