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Re: “The Albany Cross Resurrects Memories of the KKK

1. The Albany Lions Club is suing the City of Albany itself and in addition several council members and staff.
2. The entire City Council unanimously declared the cross' presence on public land "inappropriate."
3. The cross does not "technically reside on a small patch of land granted to the Lions Club." The land is wholly owned by the City - the Lions have only an easement for access to maintain the cross. Easements only apply when another entity owns the property, otherwise an easement would be unnecessary.
4. The electrical wires were attached to a eucalyptus tree not simply run through them.
5. The 2010 Census data list Albany as 49.3% White(non-Hispanic) and 3.3% Black.
Comment: The Lions lawsuit states that the cross is "implicitly communicating traditional messages associated with the religious holidays and memorial of certain national events." It is a blind spot that the Lions are unable to recognize and acknowledge that the implied message of a large illuminated cross on public land is perceived very differently, and painfully, by many members of the community for many different reasons.
A. Neil, Albany resident

Posted by ANeil on 09/20/2017 at 10:54 AM

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