Fresno Bans Confederate Flag From City Property

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On July 16 the Fresno City Council voted to ban the Confederate flag from ever flying over city-owned property.

According to The Fresno Bee, the council’s vote was 4-0 “vote with two abstentions and one member absent.”

The matter now goes to Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is currently on vacation. Her communications director Mark Standriff responded to the vote by saying Swearengin “will not veto the council’s action.”

The ban does not stop private individuals or organizations from flying the Confederate flag in the city.

The Fresno City Council’s vote to ban the Confederate flag comes less than two weeks after the Memphis City Council voted to dig up the body of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and to sell the city’s statue of him “to anyone who wants it.

Fresno’s vote also follows the New Orleans City Council’s vote declaring Confederate statues a “nuisance” and ordered them removed.

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