Removal of Father Serra Statues & Name Change of Schools

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Michele Gunter
May 7, 2021
We need to respect those of Native American history and stop honoring their suppressors.

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Judi Doucet
Jan 25, 2021
I have read of this destruction of Indigenous people under the guise of religion in the past in our country and others. We should not have a statue that glorifies those murderous actions. Statues are for those who made positive changes, went over and above to protect others rights and lives. This type of statue is an insult to all Americans.

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Elizabeth Boegel
Jan 9, 2021
I am a Catholic and statues have great meaning for Catholics. They bring about comfort. It is a part of the Catholic culture.

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Robert Peña
Oct 19, 2020
In solidarity with my native heritage

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Robyne Dy
Aug 19, 2020
I’m Chumash and my people have been wronged for way too long. We should no longer celebrate Serra or the missions.

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Bridget Escalera
Aug 12, 2020
My ancestors were forced to work the missions as well. Mission Soledad. I've learned the true story of Father Sierra and feel he does not deserve this or any honor.

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Janece McClain
1 year ago
I grew up in Ventura and still have family there. This statue is far more etched in the hearts and minds of those who have childhood memories of it and would heartbroken to see it go... than it is disturbing to anyone because of its emotional effect on them. The devaluation to the ambiance and the lids of tourist site value is a financial and cultural loss because you would be removing a tourist spot where people visit. This is devaluing your tourist supported city.. A costly mistake like removing the mission or other tourist spots like the cross. Don’t give in or your other sites will be next.

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Rachel Montañez
1 year ago
Idolization of a person who did horrific acts should be removed. Removal is a minor retribution for all those victims. It would only be fitting to have a NATIVE American to stand in its place, especially one from Chumash Land.

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Chuy Caracoles
1 year ago
A statue of Junipero Serra on stolen Chumash Land is an insult to an injury that still hasn’t healed. A statue of an enslaver won’t teach our children the history of the Indigenous People. Take them all down! AND CHANGE THE NAME NOW.

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Lisa Devine
1 year ago
I am a Catholic who works and goes to church in Ventura and find this statue offensive and a symbol of trauma, terror and oppression.