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Community activists want signs named for Confederate generals taken down

A large group of activists paid a visit to the Commission in the Community at Hollywood City Hall with the demand the City Commission change the names of signs named for Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Hood. Forrest is considered to be one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan shortly after the Civil War.

Some activists became agitated when they were told limited time may prevent some who wanted to speak. As they exited commission chambers, they began to chant, “Whose Street? Our Street!”

“We need to have these signs removed,” said Benjamin Israel, who has been fighting to have the street signs removed for years.

Benjamin Israel is a community activist who has been fighting for 10 years to
have the signs named for Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee, John Hood and
Nathan Bedford Forrest removed. He spoke at the Commission in the Community meeting.

Those who spoke are angry that street signs in Hollywood are named after men who played leadership roles in the Confederate war effort against the Union. They told the commission the men fought to preserve a brutal slave system and that Forrest led the effort to create the Ku Klux Klan. For these reasons, they want the signs removed. Some members of the commission had said they would support the removal of the signs if residents on the streets would agree to have the signs removed. Commissioner Kevin Biederman said he believes the signs should be removed.

A large group of activists attended the Commission in the Community meeting:

Another issue raised at the meeting is one of people renting out their homes in quiet neighborhoods. People complained the homes are used for loud parties on a regular basis.

David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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