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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Update

This is an update on the work our chapter has been involved in over the past couple of months.

In November, several CO AIM members met and ran with the Sand Creek Runners. There was a victory song sang on the states of the State Capitol and afterwards, we hosted a meal for the runners. We've pledged to assist them in the upcoming years.

On December 28, 2004, the Longmong City Council voted to change the name of "Chivington Drive." CO AIM members presented arguments as to why the name should be changed as it honors one of the people responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre. Glen Spagnuola, an Italian American, and his organization were instrumental in fomenting this change and we thank them for their long campaign.

Longmont to rename street

Current name honors colonel who led the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864

By Heath Urie
Denver Post Staff Writer

Longmont - Nearly 100 Longmont residents and others cheered Tuesday night as the City Council voted to change the name of a street that now honors a Civil War hero who later became notorious for leading one of the bloodiest massacres of American Indians.

After three hours of debate, council members voted to find a new name for Chivington Drive, named after Col. John Chivington. The council will revisit the issue at a later meeting to decide what to rename the street. full story


The trials for the Columbus Day Defendants are scheduled to begin next week. Last week there were motion hearings held at the City and County Building in Denver, Colorado. The following article details some of that activity.

Four parade cases tossed

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Four parade cases tossed
City 1-for-6 on Columbus Day protest motions

By Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News
January 8, 2005

Denver city prosecutors suffered a string of defeats Friday on cases brought against men and women arrested for protesting last year's Columbus Day parade.

Of the first six cases heard on pretrial motions Friday, four were dismissed for lack of probable cause and another defendant saw one of her two charges dropped. Only one of the six cases survived intact.

That didn't appear to bode well for the city's prospects in prosecuting others among the approximately 230 people arrested Oct. 9 for their attempt to block the Columbus Day celebration. The protesters say the annual fest honors a slave trader responsible for the genocide of 10 million American Indians
Full article

We will keep you informed on the proceedings.

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