On Monday, ProgressNow Arizona, the Arizona Coalition for Change and other organizations will deliver 1,000+ petition signatures to Governor Doug Ducey demanding that he advocate for the removal of Confederate monuments on state property and for the changing of the name of the Jefferson Davis Highway. Also to be delivered are 100 letters from Arizona NAACP chapters, religious leaders, and multiple history and ethics professors from NAU, ASU and U of A.
What: ProgressNow Arizona will hold a press conference in front of the Governor’s Tower, and then deliver the petitions to the Ninth Floor.
Who: ProgressNow Arizona, Arizona Coalition for Change, Representative Reginald Bolding, Reverend Reginald Walton and civil rights activist Roberto Reveles
Date/Time: Monday, October 2, 2017 – 10:00am
Address: Office of Governor Doug Ducey
1700 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Background: The Governor has made multiple contradictory statements about the two Confederate monuments on state property — the one in front of the state capitol, and the highway marker commemorating the Jefferson Davis Highway. In 2015, he said he would support removing the Jefferson Davis name and replacing it with the name of an Arizona icon. Then he said he’d call for a public meeting, then said he has no control over the monuments. Now his stance is that he will not remove any Confederate monuments.
“The Governor clearly has the power and influence to have these monuments on state property removed and put into a museum. But it’s been told to us that the relevant boards and commissions won’t take action because Governor Ducey has made it clear he wants Confederate Monuments to remain on state property. There should be no place in Arizona for monuments of hate and racial violence,” said Josselyn Berry of Progress Now Arizona.