This Land is Our Land-
No Allegiance to the Pledge of Allegiance in Emeryville
|A lack of allegiance to the new President|
probably had something to do with the
City Council's decision to jettison
the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Council also directed the City Clerk to prepare verses of a pledge to the California Constitution and the US Constitution for the Council members to make before they join the community in the singing in the People's Hall.
The Tattler has long advocated for dispensing with the McCarthyist loyalty oath that is the Pledge of Allegiance, it being quintessentially un-American with its calls for unswerving obedience and relinquishing of agency. It would appear the Council agreed last night but singing the Woody Guthrie song before every meeting was the Mayor's idea.
The era of the Pledge of Allegiance in Emeryville, decades ensconced at City Hall, is now over; the new procedures are to be installed for the start of the first meeting in February at City Hall.