Resolution in support of changing the Massachusetts flag and seal (Substitute Motion)
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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF CHANGING THE FLAG AND SEAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
WHEREAS Representative Lindsay N. Sabadosa of Northampton and Nika Elugardo of Jamaica Plan and Brookline have filed a Resolve providing for the creation of a special commission relative to the seal and motto of the Commonwealth;
WHEREAS the purpose of this resolve is to investigate features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth including those which potentially have been unwittingly harmful to or misunderstood by the citizens of the Commonwealth;
WHEREAS the aim of the resolve is to ensure that the seal and motto of the Commonwealth faithfully reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to peace, justice, liberty, and equality and to spreading the opportunities and advantages of education;
WHEREAS, the 400th anniversary of the landing of the European Colonists at Plymouth Plantation is approaching in 2020, giving every citizen of the Commonwealth a chance to reflect on this history and to come to a new awareness of the possibility of a better relationship between the heirs of the European conquest and the Native Nations of the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, Native Americans have long suffered the many abuses of racism, the appropriation of their symbols for public schools and sports teams, the confiscation and pollution of their ancestral lands and the encroachment on their cultures;
Now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED that Town Meeting of Brookline adopts this resolution in support of the resolve offered by Representative Sabadosa of Northampton in the 191st General Court entitled "Resolve providing for the creation of a special commission relative to the seal and motto of the Commonwealth" and commends Representative Nika Elugardo as a sponsor and Representative Tommy Vitolo as a cosponsor of this resolution and further urges representatives Edward Coppinger and Michael Moran and Senator Cynthia Creem to support and vote in favor of the aforementioned Resolve in the General Court and that the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight (or all other legislative committees which may hear the bill), after holding a public hearing, report it out favorably and if the legislation shall pass, that Governor Charles Baker shall sign it and work with members of the General Court to ensure its enactment.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Brookline Town Meeting instructs the Town Clerk shall cause a copy of this resolution to be sent to State Representatives Elugardo, Vitolo, Coppinger and Moran, to Senator Creem and to Governor Charles Baker.